during the brunch, Frank
Schilling (who won his third Domainer
of the Year Award that morning) gave a well
received presentation detailing the revolutionary
new iPhone based domain sales platform
that his company, DomainNameSales.com
has just rolled out. You
will be happy to know that you do not
have to park your domains with Frank's InternetTraffic.com
(a program that has been limited to higher
quality portfolios) to use the DNS sales
platform. Anyone can download the app from Apple's
App Store and start using it now (there is
no version for Android phones and none is
planned at this time). You can see a video with
more details on how it works here.
Schilling of DomainNameSales.com telling the
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. audience about
the company's new turbo-charged mobile domain
name sales platform.
business day continued with a noon session on Monetizing
Your Domains in Different Ways that
featured four experts on topics including PPC,
lead generation and development.
Monetizing Your Domains in Different Ways
panel included (left to right
on the dais in the photo above): Chad
Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing.com),
and Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic.com).
between sessions, attendees visited the various
company booths set up in the exhibition hall
located immediately outside the conference
rooms. That gave guests a opportunity to meet
account representatives face to face, see
demos of the company's latest products and get
any questions they had about a service answered
on the spot.
Neil Kavanaugh answers Brian Wick's
questions at the company's exhibit hall booth.
inside the conference room, another session got
underway at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on How
to Turn a Category Leading Domain Name Into a
Category Leading Business. This session
featured experts from BankRate.com
who run successful financial websites.
BankRate.com's stable of sites includes CreditCards.com
and several others built on category defining
domain names. They also offer popular affiliate
to right) BankRate.com VPs Hanno Damm
and Michael Ricciardelli, moderator
Howard Neu and Sean Sullivan of BankAds.com,
at their Tuesday afternoon session.
final business session of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
2012 was the always popular Meeting of the
Chiefs (Session 2, following an
initial session on the opening
day of the conference with a
slightly different line up). This session,
featuring eight well-known industry leaders drew
a large crowd, continuing a trend we saw
throughout the week - sessions that were some of
the most well attended we've seen in
afternoon's Meeting of the Chiefs
featured (left to right): Michael Berkens
(TheDomains.com), Adam Dicker (DNForum.com),
John Ferber (DomainHoldings.com),
Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic.com), Dr.
Chris Hartnett, Ammar Kubba
Convergence), Jeff Gabriel (DomainAdvisors.com)
and Daniel Law (RookMedia.net)
that was the final business session, a lot of networking
(the most valuable aspect of any domain
conference) was still to be done. The
closing dessert and coffee party Tuesday night
was a perfect spot for that.
2012 attendees got in another round of
networking, along with some
great coffee, desserts, beer and wine at the
show's Closing Party Tuesday night (Oct.
As soon as
the official Closing Party wound down another
one got started in a
16th floor suite at the Ritz. That was
late night party hosted by PPX
International Chairman Gregg
McNair. These events, held on most
conference nights, are always fun and
you never know what you will see
at right is a prime example. Who would
have expected a disco party to
break out led by veteran domain industry
attorneys Brett Lewis (at far
left) and Ari Goldberger (in the
black T shirt at right), showing off
their best John Travolta Saturday
Night Fever era inspired
Domainadvisors event ran until about 4am
Wednesday morning but Diana and I
threw in the towel around 1:30.
Lewis and Ari Goldberger
have Moves Like Jagger!
wanted to catch at least a little rest before
the final event of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 -
Wednesday morning's Farewell Breakfast.
This is more than a breakfast, it is a
chance to spend a final couple of hours with
people who have become close friends, reflect on
the great week that was coming to an end and
make plans to meet again.
composite photo above from T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
2012's Farewell Breakfast Wednesday morning
(Oct. 10) features - In the top row, left to
right - DomainHoldings CEO Jason Boshoff,
Norway's Truc Tran, Protrada.com Founder Troy
Rushton and Protrada's brilliant Business
Development Manager Louise Munck.
In the midde row at left: Two former DNJournal.com
Cover Story subjects - Rob
Grant and Dr.
Chris Hartnett. In the middle row at
right: three of the people who make
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. happen - Kimberly Howard, Barbara
Neu and Ray Dillman Neu. In the
bottom row: T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder - Domain
King Rick Schwartz (facing the camera at far
right), holding court at a corner
myself and most I talked too, this was an
exceptionally productive T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference, one that certainly whetted the
appetite for the late May 2013 show that
will have the conference returning to Las
Vegas for a highly anticipated event at the Bellagio
Co-Founders Rick Schwartz and Howard
Neu, their wives Alina and Barbara,
Ray Dillman Neu, Kimberly Howard
and Danny Pryor are all to be commended
for the enormous amount of work they put into
2012 such an enjoyable and rewarding experience
for their guests. The current challenging
economy makes it harder than ever to stage a
profitable show but their approach has always
been to do it first class or don't do it all,
regardless of the cost. That's has allowed
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to maintain the support needed to
run 23 consecutive shows with planning
for #24 already underway.