How To Choose The Best Day For Your Benefit Auction-mine_清翼


Business Most auctions are held on Saturday or Friday nights. But with five other days in the week, what’s the matter with holding an auction on one of those days? Absolutely nothing! The truth is, you can have a successful benefit auction on any day. Of course, the day you select will naturally convey a certain feel or expectation from your guests. Here are some pointers as to how a day influences the perception of the event. A Sunday afternoon auction must be a tea. Auctions held over teas are nice in that (if it’s well-run) the event will stick to the schedule. These types of events are meant to be squeezed in after church and before Sunday afternoon commitments, so they need to be kept short and sweet. Sunday and Monday events must mean that chefs are involved. Auction events which involve local restaurant chefs often occur on Sunday or Monday. Because many restaurants are closed on Mondays, a chef’s weekend (if you can call it that, given the crazy schedules of chefs) begins sometime on Sunday. Picking one of these days may make it easier for chefs to have the time to cook or serve at your auction. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday lunches appeal to business-types. Associations and other non-profits like this timeslot when they are targeting the business crowd. Guests arrive at the hotel … eat lunch … bid in the auction … and go back to work. It’s all business. Mid Week (Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday) auctions can be nice for foundations. These days tend to be the most popular for auctions of corporate foundations and association expos. Oftentimes the auction will be in conjunction with a trade show, an awards gala, a user conference, or a golf outing for attendees. It could be either during the day or during the night. Thursday night galas are the second-tier fundraisers. "Second-tier" is not meant to sound mean! It just means that these galas are traditionally smaller and haven’t yet established a strong footprint in their city. A Thursday night allows the organization to enjoy a better rental rate on the venue, and it’s a solid strategy decision designed to boost attendance. For instance, whereas a larger gala might have the panache necessary to keep a guest from heading to the beach for the weekend, a smaller group must select a date in which many guests are less likely to be traveling — a Thursday night. Thursday night galas rarely clash with the big galas (which fall on weekend nights), they also avoid conflicting with school auctions, and they bypass competing with weekend activities of guests. Perfect, for them! Friday and Saturday nights are your city’s "landmark" galas. Friday night galas are common and usually only differ from Saturday night galas in the dress code, which is cocktail or business attire instead of formal. The reason for the less stringent dress code is that the charity realizes many business people will be arriving straight from a day at work. The truth is that you can have a successful fundraiser on any day of the week, but it does make sense to consider what activities are taking place in your community so you don’t directly compete with another gala. In Washington, DC, I’ve seen as many as 12 predominant events taking place on a Saturday night during busy season – and those were only the auctions of which I was aware! I’ve talked with guests at an event on Friday night to compare notes as to where everyone will be on Saturday. It’s important to remember that your best bidders are busy people, so take their schedule into consideration when choosing a date. Copyright (c) 2009 Red Apple Auctions LLC About the Author: 相关的主题文章: