I received a press release this morning announcing the dates of DomainFest 2012. The conference will once again be held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California from Tuesday, January 31 – Thursday, February 2, 2012. Registration for attendees opens in a few weeks on September 1, 2011, and the early bird discount rate is $995.
I looked over the agenda, and there is no more Playboy Mansion party scheduled. DomainFest held a party at the Playboy Mansion for the last three years. A number of conference attendees became sick upon the conclusion of the conference, and there were reports that alleged that the Playboy Mansion may have been the culprit. In any case, after considerable mainstream press reports from around the world, it’s no surprise that there won’t be another conference party there this year.
The full press release from Oversee is below, and you can visit the DomainFest website to see the agenda and get other important event details.
Do you think attendance will be up, down, or the same?
DOMAINSPONSOR ANNOUNCES 2012 DATE FOR DOMAINFEST GLOBAL CONFERENCE
The largest and most respected conference designed specifically for domain name investors and online publishers returns to Santa Monica
LOS ANGELES, California and FRANKFURT, Germany (August 11, 2011) — DomainSponsor ®, the domain name monetization unit of Oversee.net ® and organizer of the critically acclaimed DOMAINfest ® series of conferences, has announced it will host its annual DOMAINfest Global ® event from January 31 to February 2, 2012, at the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.
As in past years, the entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel has been reserved exclusively for DOMAINfest Global in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.
Speakers, Agenda and Evening Entertainment
Domain investors, publishers and online marketers attending DOMAINfest Global can once again expect an agenda filled with highly relevant learning and networking opportunities. Expert speakers and panelists will offer insights and tips that can immediately improve business performance and results. First-class evening dinner parties promise to provide unique, fun backdrops for the formation of long-lasting business partnerships and friendships.
Highlights from the February 2011 conference included a standing-room-only keynote address from legendary Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons, plus an entertaining fireside chat with Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. More than 700 domain name investors, online marketing professionals, and service providers from 30 countries attended the conference.
Registration Opens September 1
An early bird registration fee of $995, which includes all sessions, meals and official evening parties, will apply from September 1 through September 30. From October 1 through December 31 the standard discounted rate will be $1,195 per attendee. Beginning on January 1, the regular pre-conference rate of $1,295 will apply.
DOMAINfest has arranged for discounted hotel room rates at the Fairmont Miramar hotel. For reservation details, please visit: http://domainfest.com/hotel.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
A record number of 37 sponsors and exhibitors successfully promoted their brands to the event’s high profile audience in February 2011. Information about 2012 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is available at http://domainfest.com/sponsorship-options. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Meet-Up
For the first time ever, DOMAINfest is hosting a New York meet-up event on August 23 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. US Eastern time at the Mad46 Rooftop Lounge, on the 19th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Avenue and 46th Street. Attendees will enjoy speed networking, dinner and cocktails. Registration is $150 and is available online: http://www.domainfest.com/NewYork2011/register.
Founded and hosted by DomainSponsor ®, the direct navigation traffic monetization division of Oversee.net, DOMAINfest ® is a conference series that brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business. Attendees include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO and SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. For more information, visit
About Oversee.net Oversee.net ® is a leader in Internet performance advertising. Its businesses are driven by a robust technology platform that processes over 40 million revenue events a month. With a portfolio of more than one million domain names, Oversee’s Domain Business is a top pay-per-click advertising network, delivering highly targeted ads to 300 million unique users worldwide per month. Vertical Markets, Oversee’s rapidly growing lead generation business, utilizes highly scalable SEO, SEM and CMS tools to attract customers to the company’s own travel, shopping, and financial services web sites, providing end users with the information they need to make smart purchase decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee has offices in Portland, Ore., Pompano Beach, Fla., New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.