Keep Auction Item Descriptions Simple

Don't know where it started, but somewhere along the way, auction committees started writing really long and detailed descriptions of items being offered in Live/Silent auctions. Most are taking a stab at being creative or cute in an effort to convince folks to bid. Sometimes we get too carried away.
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Paddle Raise Idea: Study says iPad's for Kindergarten Classes Pay Dividends

The study, conducted in Auburn, Maine, randomly assigned half of the districts 16 kindergarten classes to use iPads for nine weeks. In all, 129 students used an iPad, while 137 students were taught without an iPad. Each of the 266 students were tested before and after the iPads were introduced into the classroom.
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The First Choice Live Auction Raffle

This one is easy, but not necessarily for every auction. It is a slight variation of the popular "54 Card Drawing", but can also be handled like any standard raffle the night of your charity auction. In a nutshell...you sell your guests “the opportunity to take their choice of any item from the live auction before it even starts."
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Fund A Need - Paddle Raise - The Big Ask

Whatever you call it, it is an ideal way to pick up that unspent donor money in the room the night of your auction. Once in place, this can be a significant revenue source for your event year after year. We generally find, when the right“need” is in place, that we can add 25-30% to your events bottom line.
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