is going back to Las Vegas (after a one year
absence) for a big show at the Hard Rock Hotel &
CasinoJanuary 21-23. Last month Oversee
became the first to declare their 2010 intentions when
they announced their popular DOMAINfest
Global event in Los Angeles would move
across town from Hollywood to the Santa Monica
waterfront for a conference running January 26-28.
has never been my strong suit, but I'm pretty sure that
adds up to 3 big shows packed into a stretch of just 23
days! When the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. news came out today,
assuring a conference battle royale to start the New Year,
one our readers (referring to all of the show
promoters) dropped us a note listing the three sets of
adjacent dates and asked "are these guys nuts!?"
No, they are
not nuts but they are all pretty darn competitive
and you know who wins when companies compete for your
business - you do. You are going to have more
options than ever in 2010, so check out what these events
have to offer and pick one (or more) that look the most
attractive to you and attend (I'll be at all
three). Each of these shows will pull out all of the stops
to make you happy and create the word of mouth buzz
that keeps people coming back to their events.
Having their dates
fall so close together will almost certainly cost
each show some attendees as people, especially in
the current economic times, have to make choices.
For the promoters of the two west coast
shows in parfticular, it is obviously not the best
situation to be so close together in both time and
locale, however most registrants who want
to be at both will
them back to back on the calendar. That is
especially true for those of us in the Eastern
U.S. Rather than make two coast to coast
trips, I can now fly to Las Vegas for
T.R.A.F.F.I.C., then take the short hop to L.A.
for DOMAINfest before returning home to Florida.
That will save me time and money and still
let me attend two shows whose programs differ
enough and offer enough value to make them both
musts for me.
experience at the first
Domainer Mardi Gras conference this
past February makes going back next year a
no-brainer, especially since it is such a short
hop across the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa to
New Orleans. If you haven't been to a
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference or DOMAINfest Global
event before, our reviews of their last shows (T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
ccTLDs in Amsterdam in June andDOMAINfest
Global in Hollywood in January)
will give you a good look at what they are all
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will open soon. Early
bird registration is already open for DOMAINfest
Global and Domainer
Mardi Gras. Signing up early for any
of these shows will save you a lot of money.
DOMAINfest also just posted the preliminary
agenda for their conference.
week's news has all focused on the start of the
2010 show season, but there is still plenty of
activity left to go on the 2009 conference
circuit. The second annual MeetDomainers
show will be held in Poland at the Warsaw
Marriott Hotel, September 25-27.
English-Polish & Polish-English simultaneous
translation will be provided at the Meeting
organizer Daniel Dryzek said, "This
meeting will be a great networking opportunity and
a chance to learn from the best authorities in the
field of domain name law, domain name
monetization, advertising, affiliation, web
development, SEO and more! You
will be able to meet
lots of Polish domainers and company owners as
well as specialists and entrepreneurs from other
European countries." You can check out our
coverage of the debut edition of MeetDomainers
last year here.
Sedo will be
holding their always special SedoPro
Partner Forum (a private event for
clients) in Key West, Florida October 7-9
(I will be speaking there). The last
SedoPro Forum held in the U.S. at New
York's Mohonk Mountain Resort two years ago
was one of the most enjoyable events I've ever
attended. A scheduling conflict kept me from going
to the 2008 forum on the French Riviera
last October but the photos
we ran from that event will show you Sedo's
penchant for doing everything in style.
The grand conference
finale for 2009 will be T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
New York, coming up October 26-29
at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott (also the
location for last
year's New York show). With a break of
several months since the last major conference I
am expecting a very strong turnout in New York. A
few weeks before that event, we will be running a
detailed preview to let you know what is in store
there this year.
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