Fundraising Auctioneers: Unique Skills and Customised Approach to Auctioneering

Live Auctioneer for Fundraising Auctions Jason Kazanis helping with fundraising ideas.

Did you know that there exists a specific type of live auctioneer that specialises in fundraising auctions?

Fundraising auctioneers have a unique, tailored approach to hosting live auctions that can significantly improve guest participation, bidding, and overall fundraising results. Helping Hand Group has developed a network of fundraising auctioneers over more than two decades who assist our team at hundreds of fundraising events throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and other countries in Asia. Our team has witnessed improvements in size and number of bids due to the specific skills that fundraising auctioneers bring to live auctions held at fundraising events.

Live Auctioneer for Fundraising Auctions Jason Kazanis in action auctioning off autographed Bruce Springsteen Guitar at fundraising event.Fundraising auctioneers are different than other auctioneers who focus on items such as cars, equipment, property, or livestock.

Fundraising auctioneers work with fundraisers on a regular basis and have developed the experience and skills required to effectively engage with different types of audiences that attend fundraising events. Fundraising auctioneers conduct their auctions in a different way because participants are bidding based on a different motive than, say, a standard property auction. During a property auction, participants bid based on their desire to own a particular piece of property at the best possible price up to their maximum bid. However, during fundraising auctions, participants not only bid based on their desire to own a particular item, but also to give generously to the benefitting charity. This is where fundraising auctioneers excel:

1. Fundraising auctioneers excel at tapping into the emotions of your guests to ensure that all guests are reminded of the purpose of the fundraising event – to give generously to your cause.

2. Fundraising auctioneers will connect with your audience with dialogue, gestures, and interactivity to get their attention, maintain it, and ensure they know how to participate.

3. Fundraising auctioneers will find ways to encourage higher bids while running a fun auction with effective dialogue to encourage guests to start friendly bidding rivalries and push bids as high as possible for your cause.

4. Fundraising auctioneers make the auction items “come to life” by leveraging descriptive selling and promoting the benefits and usability of the auction item itself.

5.   Fundraising auctioneers can work within tight timelines to ensure that your event schedule stays on-time.

Live Auctioneer for Fundraising Auctions Richard Ernster in action auctioning in Singapore.Live auctioneers for fundraisers are flexible and can auction almost anything that you have to offer.

Fundraising auctioneers have the ability to present and auction off a wide range of auction items. Helping Hand Group has a variety of autographed memorabilia, themed items, unique experiences, and holiday packages that work well with our fundraising auctioneers. However, if you have acquired your own items – regardless of the value – our fundraising auctioneers have the skills to adapt and connect the value and theme of the item to your guests to ensure as many people are inspired to participate and bid as generously as possible.

Live fundraising auctioneers can be provided at no cost to your event budget.

Helping Hand Group can provide one of our live fundraising auctioneers at no cost to your event budget when our team also supplies five auction items to your auction list. Our team can also work with you to ensure that the type, theme, and value of the auction items are well suited for your guests to ensure the greatest opportunity for success possible. Our team covers our service costs when our auction items sell at your event. So, it is up to us to ensure that our team strives for the best possible results at your live auction!

Helping Hand Group maintains a network of fundraising auctioneers that can be made available to perform their services for your live fundraising auction.

Live Auctioneer for Fundraising Auctions Richard Ernster and team supporting fundraising auction in AustraliaContact our team to discuss the many options available to suit your next fundraising gala or corporate dinner auction.

Opinion: Ballot Bidding® or Electronic Silent Auction?

Ballot Bidding or Electronic Silent Auctions for charity fundraisers

Ballot Bidding® or Electronic Silent Auction: Which format is best for your event?

Choosing the right auction format for your fundraising event is key to achieving your fundraising goal. Not sure which is the best format to raise as much money as possible for your charity? We can help! Here are some unique features of paper-based Ballot Bidding as well as technology-based Electronic Silent Auction systems:

BALLOT BIDDING®: Classic paper-and-pen silent auction format

Cut to the chase: Ask your guests for their maximum auction bid once and eliminate back and forth “penny bidding”. Keep them tuned in to your speakers rather than constantly checking their silent auction bids.

Maximise bids for your charity: This “blind” method encourages guests think about possible bids from other guests and encourages them to bid at or as close to as possible to their personal maximum bid. This helps to ensure your fundraising auction raises as much as possible.

Sell multiple auction items for your charity: When available, we can facilitate selling more than one of an auction item to the top bidders. Yes, that means the amount you fundraise multiplies!

Let us do the work: Our team will design, print, and distribute our Ballot Bidding® forms to your guests’ seats at no cost. We seamlessly incorporate all items available at your event.

ELECTRONIC SILENT AUCTIONS: Electronic auction system using tablets, smart phones, and event screens.

Bidding on auction items without borders: We provide you with a link to your auction that you can share via email or social media and collect bids from contacts worldwide.

Flexible auction item list: Silent auction technology allows you to enjoy a limitless number of silent auction items and is designed to be in a flexible digital format.

Communicate and up-sell for your charity: Messages can be sent directly to your guests during the night via SMS. Use the electronic silent auction technology to promote higher bids by enticing competitive bidding. You can also use the auction software to remind guests about important information about the auction.

We believe that both electronic silent auctions and classic paper-based silent auctions are fantastic ways to engage guests and successfully raise funds but recognise that they are two very different approaches.

Contact our team and let’s have a conversation about which format will work best for your next event. 

Helping Hand Group Ballot Bidding®: A Great Way to Maximise your Fundraising.

Let us do the work for you! We design and print Ballot Bidding® forms that include all of the items available for the fundraising auction of your event. This includes any items that you have amassed as well as any items supplied by our team. We integrate all items into a seamless, professional, presentation that is specially-branded for your event.

Guests are given one chance to lodge their max bid against the items that interest them and multiples can sometimes be sold! Our expert team is made available to assist guests with bidding, to answer questions, and handle all payments at the end.

Check out our other auction formats that may suit your next event: http://helpinghand.com.au/auction-formats/