The TRAFFIC domain conferences have been operated by the team of Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu. Rick Schwartz recently announced his retirement, but the legacy of the TRAFFIC conferences will live on under a new moniker.
Howard Neu announced the creation of a conference called “THE Domain Conference,” which is the successor to the TRAFFIC conferences. The conference is scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from September 27 – 29, 2015. There will also be pre-conference networking opportunities.
I plan to attend THE Domain Conference in September, and I hope you’ll be there as well. There are several reasons why I believe THE Domain Conference will be successful, and I want to share those reasons with you:
History – I have always enjoyed attending TRAFFIC conferences, and THE Domain Conference organizers have learned what works and what doesn’t. They will be able to draw on prior conference experiences and be able to offer a conference with good networking opportunities and interesting panels and speakers.
Price point – Instead of starting at a $995 rate, the price of admission has essentially been cut in half. In addition, the hotel rate is under $150/night for standard rooms (other hotels are in the area for those who want more luxury). There are several airports in South Florida that service the major airlines, which should also keep costs low.
Location – South Florida in the fall is great. In the north, we are just beginning to feel the crisp fall air, and it’s always a welcome break to travel to Florida for some warmth. In addition to this, there is a very large contingent of domain investors and domain industry companies that are based in Florida and on the east coast.
Timing – The show is in September, so it’s 9 months removed from the well-attended NamesCon event, it’s still several months prior to the next NamesCon, and it is being well in advance of the holiday season.