I’m on my way to NamesCon this morning. I have a bunch of meetings planned, and I am sure the event will be as good as I expect. I understand that there are close to 900 attendees registered, so it will probably go down as the largest domain industry conference.
Here are some updates and thoughts this weekend. Here’s to a great week.
- If you are at NamesCon, please say hello to me.
- I like how NamesCon is using Sched, which emails attendees the daily schedule. One enhancement for Sched would be if I could log in and add my own meetings to the schedule (that only I could see).
- Looks like Amazon was able to get the A.cm domain name. It doesn’t look like it is being used at the moment. It would seem like a good idea to forward the domain name since Amazon is such a general website that even typo traffic might convert.
- Comments like the one made by Todd are one of the best aspects about blogging. I wrote an article with some advice about the timing of sales emails, and Todd added value by sharing additional advice. I appreciate when people do that, and I think it’s helpful to all of us. I encourage you to share your thoughts, even (maybe especially) if they differ from mine. I don’t have all the answers and that’s how we all learn.
- It looks like the Right of the Dot auction is off to a very good start. Kudos to Monte and Mike for their marketing efforts. I’ve seen quite a few articles, tweets, press releases and emails about the auction. I assume they are also getting the message out to end user prospective buyers, too.
- Yesterday evening, I went to Foxwoods for a friend’s birthday party. Because of the timing, I had to listen to quite a bit of the Patriots playoff game on the radio. I don’t typically listen to the radio broadcast, but I thought it was great. Scott Zolak (a former Pats player) makes the broadcast fun.
- Jeff Gabriel is doing a domain sales Q&A panel, and I have 3 questions for him:
- 1) What is the best way to induce an offer from a reluctant prospective buyer?
- 2) For domain names that don’t earn much PPC revenue, is it recommended to use an inquiry form or a standard PPC page with the orange bar at the top)?
- 3) Are the new gTLD domain names seeing a substantial number of end user inquiries, and are the offers notable?