Raffles and door prizes are great incentives for attendance and money raisers (in some cases) but after a while, they all start to look the same. Several chamber shared with the Chamber Professionals Group on Facebook what they do to keep things new and fresh.
3 New Ideas for Your Chamber Giveaways and Events
Need a way to inspire and reward attendance? Try a progressive pot. At each chamber event $25 is added to the pot. At the end of the event a member’s name is pulled. If the person is in attendance, s/he is awarded the pot. If not, the money carries onto the next event.
One chamber had a slightly different version. The progressive payout and rule of being present to win was the same but they drew the name from business cards people placed in a bowl, not the entire member roster. The business cards carried onto the next event so people who attended multiple events had more opportunities to win the pot.
Create a board of sticky notes numbered 1-52. Sell each note for $5. When all numbers are sold, pull a number 1-52 out of a hat, and split the winnings between the chamber and the person with the lucky number.
This is a creative alternative to raffles and silent auctions. Remember the excitement you had as a child when you got your first grab bag? This works the same way. People either buy a raffle ticket or purchase a mystery bag for a prearranged amount of money.
The chambers who had tried this gave attendees some ideas of what could be in the bags in order to bolster sales. They also placed a minimum value on each bag so buyers needn’t worry they were giving $100 for a $5 item. The potential of what could be often draws more interest than your standard silent auction item.
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