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12|16|2014 05:43 pm EDT

DomainFest will be part of NamesCon 2015 in Las Vegas

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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NamesCon | Las Vegas January 11th-14th 2015 2014-12-16 17-56-02

A change on the Namescon Agenda lead The Domains to ask if NamesCon had bought out domainFEST – well, here’s the official press Release and reply. DomainFest becomes the first day of the conference geared towards newcomers. If you read the text on the updated DomainFest website, it appears that there’s a plan to carry the name forward and use it for “a series of international DomainFest regional events”.

DomainFest is one of the longest running events in the Domain Name industry. Its early origins in the early 2000s was a one day gathering with a mix of sharing new industry information and a social networking event. DomainFest will continue that tradition after being acquired by NamesCon.

Originally established as a casual meeting of domain investors as early as 2002, Donna Mahony generously donated the domain name to Oversee in 2006. Starting with small conferences in LA and Barcelona, Oversee grew Domainfest into a large, global conference series, attracting domainers, marketing professionals and celebrity speakers from all over the world.

“We are very proud of the industry-leading conference that we built up over the years”, said Debra Domeyer, CEO of Oversee.net.  “DomainFest is one of the longest running events in the Domain industry.  We are proud to recognize the importance of the DomainFest events to the industry and are extremely happy to be passing the DomainFest ownership into the capable hands of NamesCon.”

Richard Lau, producer of NamesCon said “We are carrying the DomainFest torch forward. NamesCon co-founder Jothan Frakes and I met at the Seattle DomainFest in March 2005. We are immensely proud to be able to announce that Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 is ‘DomainFest @NamesCon’.” Like DomainFest conferences in the past, NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas will also host a domain auction (run by Right of the Dot) and feature Keynote speakers and world-class entertainment.

DomainFest @NamesCon will start at 10am on Sunday Jan 11, 2015 and the day will be an excellent venue for newcomers and veterans alike. Jothan Frakes, who has a long history of producing domain conferences stated, “The DomainFest events had great energy and I am delighted to see that the success of NamesCon will maintain the spirit and legacy of DomainFest.”  Jothan has planned out a full agenda for the Domainfest @NamesCon day.

The Sunday Evening Networking and Entertainment event for DomainFest @NamesCon will feature Peter Pavone – the Las Vegas Best 2014 Tribute Artist of the Year.

DomainFest @NamesCon is included in your conference pass when you register for NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas.

Two great conferences, one low price.

To RSVP & Register please visit: www.DomainFest.com or www.NamesCon.com

[via Press Release]

04|01|2014 05:41 pm EDT

BREAKING ! Playboy Mansion Returns to DomainFest

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

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The exact location of the Stone Temple Pilots concert/party this evening at Domainfest has been shrouded in secrecy since the launch of the show.  DNN was tipped off by conference organizers that the party will take place at the famous Playboy Mansion.   Conference attendees have been dying to know where this party is and have missed the big party since the departure from the famed “Legionnaires” outbreak in 2011.

Party-goers at this event will enjoy the return of the “good old days” of domain parties in addition to Stone Temple Pilots.  Daniel Negari, CEO of .xyz and sponsor of the party was instrumental in making this happen.  Negari told us “Being a huge Playboy fan and STP fan, I was stoked to be able to sponsor this awesome party.”

Organizers have assured us that there will be an environmentally friendly bubble created exclusively for attendees. Hazmat washdown stations will be placed on the outside of the mansion to insure the safety of all attendees.

11|30|2013 01:57 pm EDT

NamesCon Registration Prices go Up Tomorrorow

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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NamesCon | Las Vegas January 13th-15th 2014 2013-11-30 13-42-51

What’s the perfect thing to do after celebrating Thanksgiving with your family? Get right back to work and plan for the new year. And to get into the domaining mood right in the new year, what’s better than a domain industry conference at a low price? Today’s the last day to get your NamesCon tickets for the event from January 13th to 15th in Las Vegas, NV for $199 + fees. Fees double tomorrow to $399.

Richard Lau, the organizer of the event told DNN: “We are at over 200 attendees already and expect to hit more than 400 at the conference. The opening party on Monday (6:30pm – 9pm) will be hosted by .XYZ at the Tropicana, and the Tuesday night party will be at the Havana Room at the Tropicana from 8pm-midnight.

With hotel prices as low of $79 a night +$10 resort fee at the Tropicana right on the strip this ‘no meal’ conference is shaping up to be the event for the industry in 2014.

The event has already attracted sponsors like:

Further sponsorships are available.

Keynote speakers are:

If you need another reason to attend – you even meet DomainNameNews in person there :)

10|22|2013 01:24 pm EDT

Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards 2013 – and the winners are

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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And here are the winners of this year’s Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. awards, as the were announced by VinsDomains.com on Twitter live from the event.

BANDIT BERKENS” GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AWARD

  • Winner: Gregg McNair

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Alan Hack
  • Barbara Neu
  • Elliot Silver
  • Merlin Kauffman
  • Michael Cyger
  • Nat Cohen
  • Richard Lau
  • Rick Schwartz (declined)
  • Ron Jackson

 

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION

  • Winner: DomainNameSales.com / InternetTraffic.com

Nominees:

  • Above.com
  • Bounce.io
  • DomainSponsor.com
  • DudaMobile.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • RookMedia.net
  • YTZManagement.com

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION

  • Winner: Sedo.com

Nominees:

  • Above.com
  • Afternic.com
  • DomainNameSales.com / InternetTraffic.com
  • Enom.com
  • GoDaddy.com
  • RookMedia.net

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG

  • Winner: DNJournal.com

Nominees:

  • DomainIncite.com
  • DomainNameWire.com
  • DomainShane.com
  • DomainSherpa.com
  • ElliotsBlog.com
  • HybridDomainer.com
  • MorganLinton.com
  • RicksBlog.com (declined)
  • TheArtOfTheName.com
  • TheDomains.com

 

“WE GET IT” AWARD

  • Winner: Amazon.com

Nominees:

  • BankRate.com
  • Coffee.org
  • DomainDiction.com
  • FashionMetric.com
  • Geico.com
  • HeritgageAuctions.com
  • LOreal.com
  • MLB.com (Major League Baseball)
  • SalesForce.com
  • TrekBikes.com (Trek Bicycle Corp.)

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Michael Cyger

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Bill Karamouzis
  • Bill McClure
  • Chuck Fleming
  • CitiesPlanet.com
  • iStaff.com (i-Staff, Inc.)
  • NicheWebsites.com
  • Tia Wood

 

BROKER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Negar Hajikhani (Sedo)

Nominees:

  • Alan Hack
  • Afternic.com
  • Andrew Rosener
  • Brian Kleiner
  • Brian Michitti
  • Dave Evanson
  • DomainHoldings.com
  • HuntingMoon.com
  • Jay Finnan
  • Jeff Gabriel
  • Morgan Linton
  • Sedo.com
  • Toby Clements

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: GoDaddy.com

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Afternic.com
  • DemandMedia.com
  • eNom.com
  • Escrow.com
  • InternetTraffic.com
  • ParkingCrew.com
  • ParkLogic.com
  • Voodoo.com

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Winner: Frank Schilling

Nominees:

  • Adam Dicker
  • Andrew Reberry
  • Brad Mugford
  • Chad Wright
  • Daniel Negari
  • Elliot Silver
  • Eric Borgos
  • Mike Berkens
  • Richard Lau
  • Rick Schwartz (declined)

 

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME

  • Winner: Jeff Gabriel
  • Winner: Igal Lichtman, Deceased

Nominees:

  • Aron Meystedt
  • Bill Karamouzis
  • Donna Mahony
  • Elliot Silver
  • Eric Borgos
  • Kathy Nielsen
  • Larry Fischer
  • Merlin Kauffman
  • Michael Gilmour
  • Ray Neu
  • Richard Lau
  • Rob Grant
  • Roy Messer
  • Mike “Zappy” Zapolin

10|18|2013 05:04 am EDT

BREAKING: New domain name event, Namescon to be held in Vegas, January 13-15th, 2014

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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A new domain name conference, NamesCon, will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 13th to 15th, 2014.  Well-known industry veteran, Richard Lau is the founder of the event and he has tapped Jodi Chamberlain from 32Events, to help coordinate.  Both Lau and Chamberlain are no strangers to domain events.  Lau has been involved in organizing several exclusive domainer get-together events in both Seattle and Las Vegas as well as the popular Water School “Water Night” fund raising events. Chamberlain has worked on a number of events and conferences, including some T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences and Domaining Spain.

Wherefore art though, WebFest (formerly known as DOMAINfest)
While the industry has become accustomed to Oversee.net announcing their Webfest / DomainFest conference in the 11th hour leading up to the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference, there have been no formal announcements so far this year. With the departure of organizer Aaron Kvitek earlier this year, rumors about the future of the event have been circulating. The official answer DNN received from a Oversee.net spokesperson is that there will be “a DomainFest/Webfest during the first half of 2014.” More details are to be expected in the “coming months”.

Good Timing
The January dates of Namescon fill the void left by DomainFest, but Lau tells us that the date and venue were also selected because of the close timing of another popular event Affiliate Summit West 2014 (aff).  The dates of the Namescon show around Affiliate Summit gives domain professionals another reason to venture to Las Vegas, but also has the potential to expose Affiliate Summit attendees to the domain space.  Lau told DNN, “NamesCon is the natural evolution of smaller, more intimate events I have been involved with in Las Vegas over the past 5 years. We are expecting that this will be THE networking event of the West Coast for early 2014.

The website for the event which just went up today (still obviously a work in progress) promises:

There is no channel like the domain name channel, and 2014 is an amazing year of expansion, growth, and change. This means opportunity – if you know the way through the maze to the cheese.

Come and meet some of the “who’s who” players in the internet naming space. We mean “alpha dogs”.

Speaker currently listed on the conference page include:

  • James Morfopoulos (Director of DomainTools Inc, COO of Ocean Networks)
  • Richard Lau
  • Patrick Carleton
  • Jothan Frakes
  • Paul Nicks (Go Daddy)
  • Adam Dicker (DNForum/TheArtOfTheName)

The event kicks off with a cocktail party on January 13th and will last the full day on January 14th/15th. The venue for the event still has to be confirmed.

12|31|2012 08:08 pm EDT

Seven Hours to register for Webfest Global at the Early Bird rate

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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You a little less than 7 hours of the time of this post to register for next year’s Webfest Global in Santa Monica (formerly known as DOMAINfest Global) for $1,095. The rate will increase by $200 as of tomorrow. Webfest Global will be organized by Oversee.net’s DomainSponsor and will be held atFebruary 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Santa Monica.

The even features a party at Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion on February 6th. Webfest Global conference attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity of having dinner and cocktails directly under this amazing vehicle.  Former NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman will make a special appearance to share stories, answer questions and show souvenirs from past missions.

Another great night is planned at The Magic Castle where DomainSponsor has reserved the entire nightclub for its farewell dinner party.  Built in 1908, the Magic Castle is an historic Victorian manor that was a showplace for some of the world’s greatest magicians.  Since the Magic Castle is a private club, this is a rare chance to gain entrance and witness magical performances up close and personal.

 

10|18|2012 07:58 am EDT

DOMAINfest global becomes WebFest Global, opens registration for 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Webfest Global 2013 Conference to Be Held February 5-7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California

LOS ANGELES, California (October 18, 2012) — DomainSponsor®, the online direct navigation traffic monetization unit of Oversee.net® and organizer of the critically acclaimed DOMAINfest® series of domestic and international conferences, announced today that online registration is now open for its Webfest GlobalTM conference to be held February 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

The agenda at the three-day Webfest Global 2013 conference will cover a variety of topics related to domain name investing, acquiring and converting online customers, and mobile monetization.  Agenda highlights are available on the event website.

“This marks our seventh annual global conference,” said Oversee.net CEO Debra Domeyer.  “Over the last few years, we have received very positive feedback from attendees about how our DOMAINfest agenda has evolved.  So we’re very excited about continuing our tradition of providing content and speakers that align with the ever-broadening interests of our conference audience.  Of course, we’re also excited to be providing an atmosphere and experience that facilitates networking and deal-making.”

Online Registration Now Open

The early bird discounted registration rate of $1,095 includes full conference admission on February 5-7, 2013 to all sessions, exhibit hall, daily breakfasts, daily lunches and all official dinner networking parties. It also includes a farewell breakfast on February 8th.  To register, visit http://webfestglobal.com/register.

Moniker|SnapNames Live Domain Name Auction

Moniker|SnapNames will be hosting a live, premium domain name auction at Webfest Global 2013 on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00 – 5:30pm PST. An extended online domain auction will start on Tuesday, February 5th and end at 3:15pm EST on Thursday, March 8th.   For details on how to submit domains for possible inclusion in these auctions, visit http://webfestglobal.com/auctions. The submission deadline is December 14, 2012.

 

Conference Hotel

The entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica has been reserved exclusively for the conference in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.  Discounted hotel room rates are available via a special online reservation portal.  For details, please visithttp://webfestglobal.com/hotel.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

A wide range of sponsor and exhibitor options and prices are available for companies interested in promoting their services to the domain investors, publishers and online marketing executives attending Webfest Global 2013.  For details, visit http://webfestglobal.com/sponsor-options.

 

About Webfest GlobalTM

Founded in 2006 by DomainSponsor®, the direct navigation traffic monetization division of Oversee.net, Webfest Global (formerly DOMAINfest®) is a conference series that brings domain industry and online marketing professionals together to learn, network and do business.  Content and speakers offer insights, tips and the latest best practices in areas such as web and mobile user acquisition, conversion and monetization, plus updates on how regulatory and ICANN policies impact domain name owners and brand marketers worldwide.  Attendees include domain publishers, internet entrepreneurs and wide range of online marketing executives and service providers. For more information, please visit http://webfestglobal.com.  

About Oversee.net                                                                                                          

Oversee.net® is a leader in online performance marketing. Using proprietary technology, it helps advertisers acquire valuable, pre-qualified leads. Its DomainSponsor® business unit pioneered the monetization of direct navigation traffic in 2002 and now operates one of the largest PPC and CPV traffic networks in the world with over 250 million unique visitors per month. Oversee’s owned and operated lead generation websites in the travel, retail and consumer finance verticals produce over 14 million high-converting leads per month for advertisers by providing users with the information they need to make smart purchase decisions. Oversee also owns Webfest GlobalTM, a conference series for domain investors and online marketing professionals. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee has offices in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.

10|09|2012 06:55 pm EDT

Targeted TRAFFIC 2012 Award Winners

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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And here are the winners of the 2012 Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards as they were announced at a Brunch during the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show this morning:

Best new monetizing Solution

  • DomainPower.com

Best overall Domain Solution

Best Domain Blog

  • DomainSherpa.com (Cyger)

The “we get it” award

  • SalesForce.com

Developer of the year award

  • Alan Dunn (DomainHoldings)

Broker of the year

  • Dave Evanson (Sedo.com)

Sponsor of the year

  • Escrow.com

Domainer of the year

  • Frank Schilling

Domain Hall of Fame

  • Chad Folkenning
  • Michael ‘Mike’ Mann

Plus the Bandit Berkens “Goodwill Ambassador Award”, which went to Judi and Michael Berkens.

See the videos of parts of the awards ceremony over at DomainGang’s Youtube channel and see the original nominees here.

09|19|2012 10:53 pm EDT

DomainFest Dates Confirmed, Feb 5-8, 2013

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

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With the TRAFFIC conference right around the corner, many domainers may be wondering if DomainFest is still going to occur.  Andrew at DNW heard from Oversee that the show was still going on and Moniker is already taking auction submission, but it sure would be nice to make travel arrangements soon.  Well here you go, DNN just received word tonight from and Oversee employee that the show dates are now confirmed as February 5-8, 2013

The event will be returning to the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica and as in past years the entire Fairmont Miramar has been reserved for conference attendees.

We were told that Oversee will be announcing  the “specifics on the conference agenda, online registration and discounted hotel room rates” in early October.

 

 

08|27|2012 09:51 am EDT

Targeted TRAFFIC Awards Voting – only today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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Voting for the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Industry awards is only open today. Vote for your choices and send them to trafficawards@earthlink.net by 9PM EDT today. As per a prior announcement you must be a list subscriber to vote.

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTIONS

(Vote for one)

__BankAds.com

__DomainNameSales.com

__DomainPower.com

__InternetTraffic.com

__JuiceCow.com

__ParkLogic.com

__Protrada.com

__Rook Media

__The Parking Place

__Voodoo.com

 

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION

(vote for one)

 

__Aftermarket

__Afternic

__Domain Holdings

__DomainNameSales.com

__InternetTraffic.com

__JuiceCow.com

__ParkLogic.com

__Protrada.com

__Sedo.com

 

BEST DOMAIN BLOG

(vote for one)

 

__DNJournal.com (Jackson)

__Domaingang.com (Acro)

__DomainIncite.com (Murphy)

__DomainNameWire.com (Alleman)

__DomainShane.com (Cultra)

__DomainSherpa.com (Cyger)

__ElliotsBlog.com (Silver)

__HybridDomainer.com (Hackney)

__MorganLinton.com (Linton)

__TheDomains.com (Berkens)

__TNTNames.com (Eccles)

__WhizBangsBlog.com (Gilmour)

 

THE “WE GET IT” AWARD

(vote for one)

 

__Afternic.com

__Amazon.com

__Brown Shoe Co. (Shoes.com)

__Cat5 Commerce

__Donuts.co

__Facebook.com

__London Olympics

__L’Oreal

__ParkingCrew.com

__Peter Niederman

__Quidsi (Soap.com, Diapers.com an Amazon Company)

__Quinstreet.com

__SalesForce.com

__TABcom (formerly Pets United, LLC)

 

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Lance Block (Swells LLC)

__Michael Cyger

__Alan Dunn

__Mathias Hennig (Sedo)

__Roy Hooper

__Bill Karamouzis

__Morgan Linton

__Fred Mercaldo (Geoplatforms)

__MediaGuys.com

__Braden Pollock

__Protrada

__Danny Pryor

__Dan Warner

__Tia Wood

 

BROKER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Toby Clements

__DomainAdvisors

__Dave Evanson (Sedo.com)

__Kevin Faler

__Alan Hack

__Evan Horowitz (Hunting Moon)

__Vern Jurovich

__Brian Kleiner (NameMedia.com)

__Mike Mann

__Bob Olea

__Mike Robertson (DomainGuardians.com)

__Andrew Rosener (Media Options)

__Joe Uddeme (Domain Holdings)

 

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Afternic.com

__Domain Holdings

__Dot CO

__Escrow.com

__Fabulous.com

__GoDaddy

__InternetTraffic.com

__InterNet X

__NameCheap

__ParkLogic

__Protrada

__Sedo

__Thought Convergence

__Voodoo.com

 

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR

(vote for one)

 

__Roy Barrett

__Steve Cheatham

__Michael Cyger

__Larry Fischer

__Michael Gilmour

__Rob Grant

__Ron Jackson

__Corey Lamay

__Donna Mahoney

__Mike Mann

__Braden Pollock

__Frank Schilling

__Elliot Silver

__Paul Stahura

__Adam Strong

__David Wieland

 

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME

(vote for TWO)

 

__Gary Chernoff

__Nat Cohen

__Phil Corwin

__Paul Cotton

__Larry Fischer

__Chad Folkenning

__Michael Gilmour

__Rob Grant

__Kevin Ham

__Steve Jobs (dec’d)

__Vern Juravich [sic]

__Igal Lichtman

__Morgan Linton

__Mike Mann

__Gregg McNair

__Brian Null

__Braden Pollock

__Tim Schumacher

__Elliot Silver

__Adam Strong