As in life, when planning a fundraising event, it truly is the little things that matter. Here are three small ways to make a big impact on your guests that could turn into big bucks for your organization.
Provide reading glasses.
All too often guests forget to bring their reading glasses to gala events and then struggle to read the auction tent cards. A great idea I saw was putting baskets of reading glasses by the silent auction items and at registration. Guests who had forgotten their glasses were relieved to be able look at the items and their descriptions with clarity—which increased interest in the items and revenue raised.
Create a phone charging station.
Guests rarely think to charge their cell phones before attending an evening event, but it’s important to do so if they will be using their smartphone to bid. Charging stations are a great fix! Set up a table (maybe near a bar) with iPhone and Android phone chargers plugged into a power strip. This will allow guests to give their phones some life while socializing and placing their bids.
Offer plate clips for holding drinking glasses.
Sometimes guests feel as though they need three hands to carry their plate and their cocktail glass while holding their BidPal device. Wine glass plate clips are an innovative idea that I saw at a Tres Bonne Annee event. The plate clip secures to the edge of the plate to hold a glass of wine, freeing up a hand for bidding.
At your next event, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and really wow your guests with extra little touches. Enhancing your guests’ experience and making them feel like you have thought of it all can help generate more money for your organization.
Cameron Mahoney, BidPal Consultant