Well, you know how I am going to answer that question. The proof is in every event we do. 85% of what professional auctioneers do, is before they hit the stage. With all the great fundraising ideas they present to you during consulting sessions. I know that I will have at least one idea, that if executed well, will make my fee back, and much more for the client. There is something that a trained Benefit Auctioneer Specialist brings to the auction – experience and training to get the most out of guests.
Yes, a PTA mom, or a board president can do 100-200-300-400 sold, but someone trained in fundraising can get an extra one or two hundred dollars out of that bidder. No matter the size of the auction – the trained auctioneer can read the crowd, get additional dollars out of a donor – and best yet – make them feel good about their donation!
According to the National Auctioneers Association – a professional fundraising auctioneer typically generates 30-40% more than the un-trained low-cost or no cost or volunteer auctioneer.
Hire a pro!