Charity & Benefit Auction Management
Auctioneer Jay Fiske featured in Political Radio Ad
Once in awhile we get to have some fun and work "outside the box" of the charity auction world. Recently we got a call from an advertising agency working on a series of political radio ads and they needed an auctioneer. They wanted a "fast talker" but someone who could be understood clearly, without the normal auctioneer's chant, which is sometimes hard to follow. That would be a liability in a radio commercial where each word spoken is important! Jay Fiske was a perfect fit, recorded the radio spot the same day, and it has started running in the New England area. Click here to listen and you can go to www.oceanchampions.org for details on the sponsor of the ad.
Here is a New Tool to Make Planning Easy - The SimpleStart Package
You get it all in one simple package - forms, books, consulting, and discounts on products and services. Any auction committee will have all they need in one package to get going quickly and accurately with their event planning. For details on the SimpleStart package and all that is included, click here.
Auction Season Has Begun!
It is the start of another Spring auction season, and the schedule of events is as packed as always. If you have an event this Spring, or this coming Summer or Fall, let us help you have your most successful event ever. We have specialized in helping organizations exceed their expectations for nearly 23 years by focusing on the details, and making sure the committee was well prepared, and the volunteers well trained. We have systems for nearly any type of auction, and no event is too big, or too small for us to be a resource. Call us or shoot us an email and let us know what you want to achieve, and we will help you get there!
NWBA, Inc. Serves on "Auctioneer Showdown!" Panel
On September 19th Jay and Corinne Fiske were invited panelists (2 of the 6 on the panel) at the first ever "Auctioneer Showdown!" held in Seattle at the Fremont Studios. Other top charity auctioneers from the northwest rounded out the panel. The panel discussion featured questions from the invited guests, made up of local event planners and event committee members. A very wide cross section of organizations was represented, and the panelists were not provided any advance copy of the questions, so we all had to think quick! it was a fun experience, but more importantly it gave us an insight to what the needs are of the clients we serve. The questions ranged from "What was the most memorable item you ever sold?" and "What is your favorite 'gimmick' for getting the audiences attention?" to "What sets you apart from other auctioneers?" and "What is the hottest new trend in auctions?" The last question was simple: ELECTRONIC BIDDING, as in bidding by cell phones. As we travel coast to coast as charity auctioneers it has become clear to us that the traditional paper bid form silent auction is being phased out as mobile bidding technology becomes more popular.
We are fortunate that our sister company, MaestroSoft, is the pioneer in mobile bidding by cell phones, and was quickly established as the leader in this new trend. Many of our auction clients are moving this direction for their silent auctions, and we are able to support them both before and during the event with our event staff and consulting services.
For more information on the Text2Bid system from MaestroSoft, you can contact them at 800-438-6498 or go to www.maestrosoft.com or www.text2bid.net
Looking for Auction Help? We "Wrote the book!"
We really did. We took over 20 years of auction expertise at auctions nationwide and condensed that experience into what has become the "bible" for auction management. Published by the leading educational book supplier in the world, John Wiley & Sons, The Big Book of Benefit Auctions is simply a must read for any auction chair and committee. Don't invent or re-invent the wheel. We have it all for you in the Big Book. Click here for more details.
Northwest Benefit Auctions was established 20 years ago with one mission: Help charities and schools nationwide increase their auction success with a minimum of stress and burn out of volunteers.
We have helped thousands of events accomplish their goals and we continue to find new and creative ways to increase their income each year.
Northwest Benefit Auctions can assist you in developing a plan with help from our:
- Event Coordinators
- Event Staff
Here is a partial list of clients we have helped over our 20 years in business:
- The March of Dimes
- The American Cancer Society
- United Cerebral Palsy Association
- Childrens' Hospital Guilds
- Kiwanis Clubs
- Rotary Clubs
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Public and Private Schools
- The American Heart Association
- Performing Arts Guild
We have helped raise over a Billion Dollars in 20 years, and still counting!
Worried about a Down Economy and how it will affect your event? Listen to Jay's advice:
- Concerned about the "down" economy hurting your event? Don't be!
- Listen to MaestroSoft founder and auction consultant Jay Fiske discuss "How to Recession-proof your event." Click here to listen
- Also, if you are considering canceling or downsizing your event because of the economic conditions, listen to Jay talk about the "Fear of Fund raising" Click here to listen
- Click the link below to learn about the best auction software you will find.
AuctionMaestro Pro Software
Northwest Benefit Auctions is...Your full-service auction partner
We will provide you with:
Any event can have "Premier" items. To find out how, click here.
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