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I Went to NamesCon!! And Loved it!

First I would like to thank those of you who read the first part of this article and approached me at NamesCon. It’s nice to know that in some little way I helped some enjoy the experience! I met you, I remember you (maybe not by name but you made an impression), I spent at least a little time with you. And I learned some important things about each of you! You read the blogs (shows interest in the industry), you remembered my advice to politely approach people and get to know them! So you study the industry, read advice and execute what matters to you individually..I bet you had a lot of fun. I know I did! Some of us even are on the http://pixt.com/namescon wall together!

To touch a little on a point I made in the first post. I mentioned that you should not approach people with your portfolio in hand..get to know people. It was great..I didn’t meet one portfolio pusher…there were at least a couple of card shovers. Flying through the room doing

NamesCon is a Big Success

In my opinion, the best part about attending a domain conference is having the opportunity to get together with friends and colleagues, and to meet with companies I do business with or want to get to know. With nearly 600 attendees, the inaugural NamesCon conference was packed, and I think it was a big success.

It’s pretty clear that the new gTLDs were a main focus at NamesCon. There were many new faces (to me) in the crowd, and it seemed that many were there specifically to discuss or learn about the new gTLDs. The three track agenda enabled attendees to pick and choose topics of interest to them. I found the topics to be interesting and fairly specific, which was important since there were so many panel sessions. I did not get the feeling that the new TLDs were being “shoved down our throats,” and that was appreciated.

The only keynote speech I

Bill Hartzer’s NamesCon Coverage

If you weren’t able to attend the NamesCon conference this week, I think you may have missed out on a great opportunity. That said, search engine expert Bill Hartzer shared his notes about several of the panels and keynote speakers that he attended, and you can check out his blog to see what his observations and takeaways were from the sessions.

To make it easier for you, I shared links to each of the articles. I am sure Ron Jackson, Morgan Linton, and others will share some insight as well, but Bill’s notes are pretty comprehensive.

Panels and Keynotes discussed by Bill Hartzer:

There may be other posts that I didn’t see, and you can navigate to them by visiting Bill’s blog. I don’t think anyone else had comprehensive write ups of the panels and discussions, so you may benefit from check those articles out, especially if you weren’t able to attend.

I plan to share a bit of a recap and my feedback from NamesCon later on today, I am still playing a bit of catch up from being away for a few days, so I am not sure when the article will be ready to go. In the meantime, check out Bill’s summaries.

Are You At NamesCon?

In late November, I posted a poll asking visitors if they had plans to attend NamesCon. At that point, I was on the fence about going due to other travels, but I made the trip and am glad to be here. 52% of responders said they were not going and 18% said they were undecided.

I understand there are now close to 600 attendees, which is probably one of the three most well attended domain name specific conferences. Kudos to Richard Lau, Jodi Chamberlain, and Jothan Frakes on organizing such a well attended event in less than three months!

I am curious to know if you decided to attend NamesCon. I assume this will be skewed a bit since many attendees probably won’t be reading domain blogs this evening or the morning, but it will be interesting to see how the percentages changed since the first time I asked.

If you’re here, say hello. Like many others (it seems), I am battling a cold right now, so don’t take offense to my non-handshake greetings.

I’m Going to NamesCon!! Now What!

Well, I made the commitment. I bought my ticket and booked my flight. Then a little bit of panic set in.

Is this your first conference? If it is and you’re a little intimidated by the whole thing, this post is for you because I am too! I haven’t attended a conference since 2008 and I only attended that one because I had a purpose so I’m basically a conference newbie too!

Many of you know I have a small private forum,  

NamesCon Christmas Offer

If you haven’t bought your ticket to the NamesCon conference yet, there’s a good reason to purchase it today. All registration fees paid on Christmas Day will be donated to the Water School. The cost of a ticket to NamesCon is $399 + a $21.92 fee. The price goes up to $599 on January 8.

The inaugural NamesCon domain conference will be held at the Tropicana Hotel January 13-15, 2014. Conference organizers have announced that over 300 people are confirmed to attend, and they’ve targeted an audience of 400 participants.

If you are planning to attend NamesCon and

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