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DomainFest Global Announces Agenda

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LOS ANGELES, CA (December 4, 2008) – DomainSponsor(tm), the domain monetization business of Oversee.net and organizer of DOMAINfest Global ®, a franchise of premium conferences designed to promote and support the advancement of the domain industry, today published the agenda for DOMAINfest Global 2009. The third annual event will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California from January 28-30, 2009, with a pre-event Boot Camp on January 27.
DOMAINfest Global Agenda
This year’s agenda offers educational sessions and networking activities designed to help all attendees understand the changes under way in the Internet advertising and domain name industry and provide strategies to stay a step ahead.
DOMAINfest Global will conduct a pre-event Boot Camp for beginner or intermediate domain investors on Tuesday, January 27.     Expert speakers will explain investment fundamentals in four featured sessions:
*       Domain Industry Trends – What’s Your Action Plan?
*       Domain Monetization 101 & 201
*       Legal Issues to Consider as You Build Your Business
*       The Art & Science of Buying and Selling Domains
The Main Event, beginning on Wednesday, January 28, offers a full-day of learning as well as structured networking activities:
*       Domaining 2.0TM: What Does the Next Evolutionary Phase of Our Industry Look Like?
*       Keynoter Steve Wozniak on Conquering Change in the Technology Space
*       Domain Build-Out Showcase: Examples of Winning Build-Outs
*       Domain Build-Out Nuts and Bolts – What You Need to Know to Succeed
DOMAINfest Global rolls out the red carpet on Wednesday night with a reception and dinner party at Universal Studios from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. that includes exclusive access to the best areas of the park, including the rides and studio back lot tours.
Thursday, January 29 has two main sessions, which are followed by a Moniker ® Live Auction.
*       What Can We Expect from the Legal and Regulatory Environment
*       The Google Perspective: Winning over the Advertiser and Optimizing Site Performance through Analytics
After the structured networking activities that follow the Moniker Auction, DomainSponsor will be hosting the farewell dinner and party at a world-renowned entertainment venue to be announced soon.
“The DOMAINfest agenda is specifically designed to provide attendees with the tools they need to navigate the changes impacting our domain industry,” said Jeff Kupietzky, President of Oversee.net. “What makes this show unique show is that it blends valuable content with unbeatable entertainment and a ton of networking opportunities.   This is the industry’s largest gathering of domainers and those who serve the domain industry.   As a result, it’s a must attend event.”
Steve Wozniak Keynote Speaker
Steve Wozniak will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, January 28. The Apple Computer, Inc. co-founder and Silicon Valley icon is one of the one of the most influential and colorful innovators in technology history and is credited with helping shape the personal computer industry with his Apple designs.
Moniker Auctions
DOMAINfest Global 2009 will also feature two Moniker live domain auctions.   Both auctions will offer domain investors and corporate branding executives a collection of exceptionally valuable, marquee domain names.   Participants can bid in person or online in real-time using free, downloadable software.   A Moniker Low and No Reserve Live Auction will be held on January 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and a Moniker Premium Live Auction will be held on January 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.     The Extended Online Auction will be January 29 to February 5.
DOMAINfest Connect
To enhance networking before, during and after the January 2009 event, DOMAINfest Global now offers an online networking community called DOMAINfest Connect(tm).   This free online community is open to anyone involved in the domain industry.   Members do not need to be a registered DOMAINfest Global attendee to join DOMAINfest Connect.
Registration Information
Visit the DOMAINfest website to register for the event: http://www.domainfest.com.   Registration, which includes all sessions, meals and official parties is $895 through December 31, 2008 and increases to $995 through January 26, 2009.   On-site registration is $1195. Domain Industry Boot Camp admission can be purchased as an add-on for $100 and includes the sessions, lunch, reception, and dinner.
About DOMAINfest
DOMAINfest is a premier conference and marketplace built to promote and support the advancement of the domain industry. Founded and hosted by DomainSponsor, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net, DOMAINfest brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business. To register or to get more information about DOMAINfest Global 2009, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please visit http://www.domainfest.com or e-mail info@domainfest.com.

Planning for DomainFest Global

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Subscribe to Elliot's BlogIt’s time to start making plans to attend DomainFest in Hollywood January 27-30th at the Renaissance Hotel. Last year’s conference was one of the top industry conferences I attended, and I had to miss the first day. This is a great opportunity to network, and the price is only $895 until the end of December.
You do have some time, but I am recommending that you order your flight tickets (or at least price them out and follow) ASAP. I’ve heard prices may actually go down as a result of the dropping price of oil, but I wouldn’t be so sure of that.The Renaissance Hotel is offering discounts for conference attendees, so start your hotel search by calling them.
As you might imagine, I am taking a direct flight in to Burbank Airport on Jet Blue from New York’s JFK.   According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Burbank Airport was the second least expensive airport in the country in Q2 of 2008.   I paid under $325 round trip… not so bad.   I will also spend a few days in Burbank visiting some businesses.
With the economy in the shitter, this is a good year to attend DomainFest to network with others and see how the leaders are weathering this storm.

Apple Founder to Headline DomainFest

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Subscribe to Elliot's BlogApple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 DomainFest Global conference which will take place January 28-30, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, is a dynamic speaker, and it will be good to hear him speak. I was at the 2008 DomainFest in Hollywood, and thought it was a fantastic show. I am planning to attend the show, and am now looking forward to hearing Steve Wozniak speak.
From the Press Release:
STEVE WOZNIAK, LEGENDARY ENTREPRENEUR AND CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE COMPUTER, INC., WILL HEADLINE 2009 DOMAINFEST GLOBAL EVENT IN HOLLYWOOD
Los Angeles, CA (October 16, 2008) – DomainSponsor(tm), the domain monetization division of Oversee.net, announced today that Steve Wozniak will be the keynote speaker at the third annual DOMAINfest(tm) Global event scheduled for January 28-30, 2009 in Hollywood, Calif. The Apple Computer, Inc. co-founder and Silicon Valley icon is one of the most influential and colorful innovators in technology history, and is credited with helping shape the personal computer industry with his Apple designs.
For his achievements at Apple Computer, Inc. in 1985, President Reagan awarded Wozniak the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment.
In recent years, Wozniak has been involved with other Apple alumni in developing a number of telecommunications and technology companies. He also is a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which confronts cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. In 2006, Wozniak (also known as “The Woz”) published his autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.
“It’s a great honor to have Steve Wozniak join us as keynote speaker at DOMAINfest Global 2009,” Lawrence Ng, Oversee’s CEO and co-founder said. “His innovative thinking and pioneering spirit inspires all of us. Guests at DOMAINfest are sure to walk away with a renewed sense of entrepreneurial determination after listening to Steve’s insights and experiences.”
DOMAINfest Global is an annual event providing networking and educational opportunities to a wide range of professionals interested in or involved with the domain industry. Guests will include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO/SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers, and trademark/legal advisors. Visit http://www.domainfest.com to register for DOMAINfest Global 2009 and to get more information about the event, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.
To enhance networking before, during and after the January 2009 event, DOMAINfest Global now offers a web 2.0 online networking community called DOMAINfest Connect(tm). This free online community is open to anyone involved in the domain industry. Members do not need to be a registered DOMAINfest Global attendee to join DOMAINfest Connect(tm). After entering profile information, individuals can instantly find and connect with other community members who have similar personal and professional interests. For details or to join, visit http://www.domainfestconnect.com

Planning to Attend a Conference

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As I am preparing to attend the GeoDomain Expo in Chicago in July and the TRAFFIC conference in New York in September, I would like to offer some advice to those who are planning on attending. Most conferences are expensive, and coupled with airfare and hotel registrations, it’s important to take a few things into consideration before attending.
Usually it can save quite a bit of money by registering early, so I recommend reviewing the upcoming conferences far in advance and using the early bird registration option. Most of the big domain and related conference websites have the dates and locations of upcoming conferences many months in advance. If finances are a big issue, try to attend a conference closer to home to avoid paying airfare.
In the past, I’ve used Farecast to find the best prices on airfare. The cool thing about that site is that it gives prices for various airlines, and it recommends whether you should buy the tickets now or wait based on their experiences. I’ve also found that you can save money by booking your hotel using the special conference rate, which is usually less expensive than you can find elsewhere. If the conference is in a big city with good transportation, you can usually save money by booking at a different hotel, but make sure it’s close enough (and safe enough) so that you can get home in the wee hours of the morning. I wouldn’t recommend staying in the Lower East Side during TRAFFIC, for example, because you will spend much more than you saved on cab fare alone.
As most people will tell you, conference attendance is about networking and meeting with old and new friends. Most of the panels offer valuable information and advice, but the primary reason I attend conferences is to meet with friends who I might see only one or two times a year. I would recommend reaching out to people with whom you want to meet to let them know you are planning to attend the conference. It’s likely that the person or people will be more than will to meet and chat with you at some point during the conference. While it’s nice to have a short conversation in passing, it’s even better if you make plans to speak ahead of time.
For the GeoDomain Expo, I am excited to listen to the panels and learn as much as I can. While I’ve received a tremendous amount of advice from the Castello Brothers, Rob Grant, Jessica Bookstaff, and several others, I am not an expert geodomainer yet. I want to learn how I can operate and grow my two geodomains, and I want to meet with the companies that offer products or services to help develop my geodomains. Take some time to scope out who will be in attendance and who will be speaking on the panels. If you make plans to go “off campus,” make sure you aren’t missing a panel of interest. Make appointments with sponsors and other exhibitors if you want to learn about the company or products. It’s usually easy for them to take a few minutes outside of the exhibition hall, but you should ask ahead of time so they can be prepared.
I am getting excited to attend the GeoDomain Expo and TRAFFIC. I’ve only attended a few conferences, but I’ve never, ever been disappointed with them. Each conference is a unique experience, and I think they are well worth the expense if you are serious about the industry or want to get serious about the industry. Almost all of the serious domain investors and developers attend the conferences, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from the professionals in a personal setting.

Domain Market Resting

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With the most recent TRAFFIC auction not performing up to my expectations considering the quality of the domain names at auction, I think the premium domain sales market is taking a temporary breather. Sellers still have high expectations for their domain names and buyers are reluctant to pay those prices, causing a stalemate. While there are still areas of growth persevering in niche markets, the overall market is resting.
Previously, domain owners could expect their premium domain names would sell for anywhere from wholesale to end-user prices at an industry conference live auction, but that hasn’t been the case for the past two main industry events. In many cases, buyers aren’t willing to pay the premium asking prices right now, and the sellers are reluctant to lower their reserve prices, causing a stalemate in the market. While this might be a cause for concern for those who are heavily invested in domain names, it could develop into a good buying opportunity, so liquidity is important.
While $10 million in domain sales

Domain Industry in the News

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It’s always neat when I wake up and there’s an article of relevance to me in the New York Times. Page One of this morning’s New York Times Business Section features an article about the domain industry, focusing on the growth of the industry while many other industries (especially physical real estate) are stagnant or losing value. The article comes on the heels of DomainFest in Los Angeles, which featured live and silent auctions ending with somewhere around $4 million in domain sales.

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