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TRAFFIC heads to Fort Lauderdale

September 21, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted trafficComments Off on TRAFFIC heads to Fort Lauderdale

Domain name conference just two weeks away.

The Targeted TRAFFIC conference kicks off at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale October 7.

Before the show even begins there are plenty of activities for early arrivers. On Saturday October 5 you can go deep sea fishing, scuba diving, golfing…you get the idea. You can see a full list of Saturday’s activities here.

The cabanas are open on Sunday from 10-5 as well.

The show officially kicks off Sunday evening with the opening cocktail party.

On Monday the day will start with Rick Schwartz blasting the Brazilian company that attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking of Schwartz’s SaveMe.com domain name.

There’s also a new gTLD debate on tap. Daniel Schindler of Donuts will be there, which should make for a lively conversation given that his company has applied for more top level domains than anyone else.

The live auction will take place afternoon Monday. The auction list is still being finalized.

Monday night will conclude with the main TRAFFIC party.

I’m also excited for Tuesday morning when Frank Schilling unveils his upgraded domain selling system. I’m curious what he has up his sleeve.

See you in Fort Lauderdale.


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TRAFFIC sets dates for Las Vegas show

May 25, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, howard neu, rick schwartz, targeted trafficComments Off on TRAFFIC sets dates for Las Vegas show

It’s a year away, but dates are finalized.

For a while there were too many domainer-targeted domain conferences. Then the pendulum swung the other way.

TRAFFIC is adding an additional show in 2013, and today it announced the final dates. The show will begin Wednesday, May 29th in the evening. It will conclude with breakfast on Saturday, June 1 2013.

The event was originally planned to start earlier in the week, but organizers received concerns about its proximity to Memorial Day.

TRAFFIC Las Vegas will take place at the Bellagio.

Show organizers Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu also announced that they “expect to be there for both 2013 and 2014″ as well.


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5 Questions To Be Answered at Next Week’s TRAFFIC Conference

October 14, 2011domain conferences, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted trafficComments Off on 5 Questions To Be Answered at Next Week’s TRAFFIC Conference

The only TRAFFIC of the year is upon us.

This year TRAFFIC will host just one conference, which kicks off Sunday in Fort Lauderdale.

Last year there was a TRAFFIC conference just about every other month. Combined with other domain conferences it was simply too much. Having just one TRAFFIC this year means a greater concentration of domainers and a bigger focus on business.

Here are five questions to be answered next week in Fort Lauderdale.

1. How will the auction perform? This auction will be different from most other recent live domain auctions for a couple reasons. First, there will be no online bidding. This should make the technical aspects of the auction go much smoother. Seriously, when’s the last time that a live auction with online bidding went smoothly? Second, domain owners could pay to get their domains in the auction.

The auction list keeps getting bigger — 120 domains at last count. This is a little long for my tastes, but a well run auction will go quickly. I think the numbers will be bolstered by a handful of registry owned .xxx domains.

2. Will the venue top last year’s? The Ritz Carleton will surely be nice, but I also liked last year’s hotel in South Beach. It appears the Ritz is actually across the street from the beach rather than right on it like last year’s (although there’s a bridge to the beach). Still, Rick and Howard have signed up to host TRAFFIC at the Ritz again next year, so it must be a sweet venue.

3. Will the event have class? Last year’s TRAFFIC in Florida had some moments we’d all soon like to forget, such as one of the show promoters yelling at a representative of one of the domain industry’s biggest revenue sources at a party. Hopefully we won’t see that this year. Also, let’s remember that the domain industry isn’t the adult industry. .xxx is the big sponsor. That makes sense. But I hope the entire conference takes into consideration that this industry has both men and woman, and not all like the adult entertainment industry.

4. Any big news? I’m hearing whispers of some fairly big company and product announcements in conjunction with next year’s show. We’ll see.

5. What will attendance be?Since this is the only TRAFFIC this year I’m guessing the total number comes in around 250-300.


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DNW’s Takeaways from TRAFFIC Miami

October 20, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted traffic, UncategorizedComments Off on DNW’s Takeaways from TRAFFIC Miami

Biggest TRAFFIC conference in years concludes in South Beach.

TRAFFIC Miami drew to a close this morning with a presentation and domain trading session organized by Epik. Here are my takeaways and random tidbits from the conference:

-Attendance came in below expectations. Although I was unable to get a full tally, attendance was somewhere south of 300. Still, this is one of the biggest TRAFFIC conferences in years, and credit is due to Rick and Howard for making that happen.

-Don King’s talk left a lot of people scratching their heads, and it made for many jokes yesterday evening.

-Afternic made a big splash at the conference with its two new distribution partners, and it brought a lot of people to the event. The company held a cocktail party last night on the hotel lawn.

-Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. (e.g. Google)

-As part of my new job with Directi, we relaunched the BigJumbo domain parking service at the event. It was interesting for me to be on the “other side of the booth”.

-A lot of faces that hadn’t come to a show in years made the trip to Miami. The domain world has changed since 2007, and it was good to see some of these people in attendance.

-Many people apparently confuse Ted Olson (Afternic) with me. It can be quite humorous.

-I sat in on the first 15 or so lots at the auction. The auctioneer did a good job moving along when domains didn’t sell.


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Rick and Howard Pulling Out All the Stops for TRAFFIC Miami

October 15, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, howard neu, rick schwartz, targeted trafficComments Off on Rick and Howard Pulling Out All the Stops for TRAFFIC Miami

Everything’s lined up for TRAFFIC Miami. It seems that it will deliver.

I’ve been a vocal critic of some of the TRAFFIC shows in recent years. They seemed to have gone a bit stale and attendance had dwindled.

That will not be the case with TRAFFIC Miami, which starts Sunday evening at the South Beach Loews. Perhaps Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu had something to prove. It doesn’t hurt that this is the only event they’re planning for this year (Rick Latona did the rest), so they have the time to focus on this event.

But it doesn’t really matter why this is shaping up to be a good event. The truth is Rick and Howard have booked some great speakers. How will Don King be as a speaker? I have no idea, but I still want to see it. Myself and the 300+ expected attendees.

Here are other things that should make this show interesting:

-Congressman Cliff Stearns, who is a member of the Telecommunications and Internet Sub-committee. Nice to have someone to hear the domain investor’s side of the story.

-New technology for networking

-Rob Monster’s successful swap event returns for an encore

If you’re going to TRAFFIC and want to start networking in advance, feel free to leave a comment.


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TRAFFIC Voting Ends Wednesday Night

September 7, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted traffic, UncategorizedComments Off on TRAFFIC Voting Ends Wednesday Night

Cast your ballots now for TRAFFIC awards.

Every year the organizers of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain name conference ask for nominations (and then a vote) to pick the best companies and people in the domain name industry. This year’s voting is due by Wednesday at 8 pm EDT. To participate, just make your selections from below and email to nominations@targetedtraffic.com.

Winners will be announced at next month’s TRAFFIC conference in South Beach.

Here are the nominees. You may vote for one per category, except for Hall of Fame where you can vote for two.

SPONSOR OF THE YEAR (Vote for 1)

.CO
DOMAINADVERTISING.COM
NAME DRIVE
PARKED
SKENZO

DOMAINER OF THE YEAR (VOTE FOR 1)

JAN BARTA
MIKE BERKENS
JUAN CALLE
STEVE CHEATHAM
LARRY FISCHER
ROB GRANT
MERLIN KAUFMAN
MORGAN LINTON
MIKE MANN
GREG MCNAIR
JERRY NOLTE
ILZE KAULINS-PLASKACS
ELLIOT SILVER
DIVYANK TURAKHIA
JOEL WILLIAMS

BEST OVERALL DOMAIN SOLUTION (VOTE FOR 1)

ABOVE
DOMAIN SPONSOR
EPIK
MONIKE R
SE DO
SKENZO
SMARTNAME

BEST NEW MONETIZING SOLUTION (VOTE FOR 1)

ABOVE
DEVHUB
ELEPHANT TRAFFIC
EPIK
LOCAL.COM
SKENZO
SMARTNAME
WHY PARK

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR (VOTE FOR 1)

FRED MERCALDO
ROB GRANT
KEITH LEVENSON
ROB MONSTER
SHAUN PILFOLD
ELLIOT SILVER
TIA WOOD

THE “WE GET IT” AWARD (VOTE FOR 1)

BODOG & SLOTS.COM
LEXIS-NEXIS
MIKE MANN
NATIONAL A-1
OVERSTOCK
QUINSTREET
SWIFT RANK

BEST DOMAIN NEWS BLOG (VOTE FOR 1)

ANDREW ALLEMANN (DomainNameWire)
MIKE BERKENS (TheDomains)
DOMAINERSMAGAZINE.COM
RON JACKSON (DNJournal)
LARRY FISCHER
MORGAN LINTON
HOWARDNEU.COM (Declined)
RICK SCHWARTZ (Rick’s Blog) (Declined)
ELLIOT SILVER (Elliot’s Blog)

DOMAIN HALL OF FAME (VOTE FOR 2)

MONTE CAHN
GARY CHERNOFF
ROB GRANT
JEREMIAH JOHNSTON
AMMAR KUBBA
RICKLATONA
MICHAEL MANN
HOWARD NEU
JERRY NOLTE
MARC OSTROFSKY
ADAM STRONG
DIVYANK TURAKHIA


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Rick Latona Discusses TRAFFIC Dublin

July 28, 2010domain conference, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, rick latona, targeted trafficComments Off on Rick Latona Discusses TRAFFIC Dublin

Here’s the scoop on the next TRAFFIC conference.

TRAFFIC is taking the show on the road again next month, traveling to Dublin, Ireland August 24-25. Domain Name Wire caught up with show organizer Rick Latona to get the scoop on the show.

DNW: Why did you pick Dublin as one of the locations for this year?

Latona: Many Internet companies are setting up their European headquarters in Ireland. There are excellent tax advantages as well as a very tech friendly infrastructure. English is also a great benefit for us American companies that are exploring business opportunities. Ireland is far less expensive than Britain and of course, it’s in the European Union. The beer is good too.

We go to Ireland often on business and wanted to show our American domainers who travel to the overseas shows and the main land Europeans the benefits of the environment.

DNW: At the Vancouver show you lowered prices but cut some of the extras. I understand the meals and parties are back for Dublin. What can people expect in terms of entertainment and food?

Latona: Domain Invest (.com, not to be confused with domaininvest.lu) is throwing a big dinner on the second night and Latona’s will be sponsoring the opening night cocktail. Dublin is a great place to let loose a little because the bars aren’t open so late that we’ll get into too much trouble!

DNW: The Dublin show is only 2 days, as opposed to 2 1/2 to three at previous conferences. Why the change?

Latona: We understand that many people have been going to a lot of shows and they want to focus on their businesses. So, we’ve jam packed the two days, cut the auction back to a single event and included parties on both days. It’ll be a tiring two days but it’ll be productive and to the point.

DNW: What new and different events or panels will people want to see at this TRAFFIC?

Latona: The Test Track is always good and our guests tell us often that it is their favorite part of the show. Sponsored by .CO the Test Track is the event where entrepreneurs can pitch their businesses to the panel of investors at the show. Please note that we still have room for applications if anyone is interested.

DNW: Looking forward, any updates/info about Hong Kong show?

Latona: The Hong Kong event isn’t until November and we’ll be posting updates about it soon enough. We want to focus on Dublin for now. That’s one thing that we’ve definitely learned this year. Focus on just one show at a time.


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Pricing Released for TRAFFIC Dublin

June 23, 2010domain conference, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted trafficComments Off on Pricing Released for TRAFFIC Dublin

Registration open for August’s domain name conference.

Registration for The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain name conference taking place in Dublin, August 24-26, is now open. Early pricing until July 15 is €695, although there’s also a link for a lower $730 USD price at the time of writing. Hotel rooms are available for only 159 EUR per night.

In a blog post today, show organizer Rick Latona noted:

You can’t talk about Dublin without mentioning beers. Folks, the parties will be back at this show. We have two sponsors and the Guinness will be flowing regularly.

Latona was referring to the last TRAFFIC in Vancouver, which did not have any official parties. Pricing for that conference was cheaper at $395, though.

Regardless, both conferences are cheaper than October’s TRAFFIC show in Miami, which is being organized by show founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu. Early bird tickets to that show start at $995.


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TRAFFIC Kicks Off in Vancouver

June 9, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, targeted trafficComments Off on TRAFFIC Kicks Off in Vancouver

A TRAFFIC conference in Vancouver, eh?

Yesterday afternoon I carpooled from Seattle to Vancouver for the TRAFFIC conference. As we crossed the border, the border agent was very stern.

Why are you entering Canada?

For a conference.

What kind of conference?

A domain name conference.

A what?

I thought we were about to get into one of “those conversations” where you try to explain the domain name industry. But we didn’t and were shortly on our way into the city.

Vancouver is a beautiful place and the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel is an ideal location. It looks out on a truly spectacular view. Last night’s cocktail reception was held at the top of the hotel on one of those “rotating” floors. It let you soak in 360 degrees of Vancouver (see photos below).

It appears that about 150-175 people will make the show. Notably absent are Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, but there’s a good contingent of first time faces (the Vancouver domaining community is out in force.)

Stay tuned for updates throughout the conference.


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The Week Ahead: Seattle, Then Vancouver

June 7, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, targeted trafficComments Off on The Week Ahead: Seattle, Then Vancouver

Stay tuned to DNW for reports from TRAFFIC.

I’m headed up to the Pacific Northwest this week, and the timing couldn’t be better. It’s getting hot in Austin. It’s near 100 degrees, which is hot enough that I’m asking myself why I live here.

My first stop will be Seattle on Monday (high temperature 71) to visit DomainTools’ new offices. I checked out their old digs a couple years ago, and they were nice. But word is the new offices are a nice improvement. I’ll tweet some photos Monday evening from their offices, so be sure to follow me @DomainNameWire to get a first look.

Then it’s a short trip to Vancouver, British Columbia (high temperature 65) for the TRAFFIC conference. The conference agenda includes some local flavor, such as a fireside chat with John Demco, who was instrumental in bringing the Canada ccTLD .ca to market. There will also be a panel about the .ca domain. Tickets and hotel rooms are still available if you can make the trip.


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