I’ve heard mixed reviews about this year’s DomainFest Global conference, although the majority of them were positive. As I mentioned before, I canceled my trip a few days prior to the conference to tend to some things at home (all is good here). It’s the first DomainFest I missed in four years.
The big news, it seems, was Oversee.net’s sale of Moniker and Snapnames, which was sort of announced during the conference, although it wasn’t officially announced to customers until yesterday. With the sale of these two assets, I wonder if DomainFest will continue in the future – both the main conference at the beginning of the year and the smaller local events held later on in the year.
As I recall, last year, the DomainFest website had links to the local conference agendas and dates for upcoming DomainFest events. As of right now, the only event listing is the most recent event that passed. I would have assumed Oversee and conference organizers would have the local events listed already since people need to make travel plans in advance. Maybe they will be added soon. Hopefully that will be the case.
I have no idea if DomainFest is a profit center or if it loses money but is written off as a marketing expense. If the former is the case, I would certainly assume that DomainFest will continue. If the events lose money, the sale of Moniker and Snapnames could spell the end for DomainFest, since Oversee would have less reason to put on these events, as Domain Sponsor is now the primary client-facing line of business for Oversee.
Personally, I hope DomainFest continues. The only two certainties on my business calendar are DomainFest at the end of January and TRAFFIC in October. There are other events that take place throughout the year, but those two conferences are really the only firm events on my calendar.
I reached out to Oversee to ask about future DomainFest events but I have not heard back.