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Photos & Highlights From Friday's Closing Day of the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas Conference

The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference closed with a busy day and night of activity Friday (May 31) at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel. The final business day began with a breakfast sponsored by Email.biz where company founder Anshul Goyal (in the photo at right) provided guests with information about the innovative email service we wrote about in December.

I also spoke during the breakfast session, filling in attendees on the latest trends in the domain aftermarket. I broke down results from the 1st quarter of this year and also provided an update on how things have been going in the current 2nd quarter where the weekly sales volume level has been almost identical to 1Q-2013.

After breakfast it was time for The Adam Dicker Show - an entertaining and informative session in which DNForum.com owner and TheArtOfTheName.com blogger Adam Dicker shared many of the secrets that have made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the domain space. After Dicker was a huge hit in a similar session at last fall's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida, show organizers asked him to come to Las Vegas with an even bigger presentation and Dicker (at right in the photo below) delivered, deftly fielding questions from DomainSherpa.com's Michael Cyger during a fast moving 90-minute session that seemed more like 9.

Australia's Michael Gilmour of ParkLogic.com (at right in the photo below with interviewer Braden Pollock (at left) and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder/Show Moderator Howard Neu) closed out the morning session with another round of valuable information. Gilmour, one of the industry's nicest and most universally respected leaders, shared his expertise in domain monetization in a discussion labeled "The Truth About Your Traffic."

During the lunch hour that followed veteran domain investor Richard Lau, who also serves as Executive Director of The Water School, provided an update on the big Water Night fund raising party held Thursday night at Planet Hollywood's PBR Rock Club. Lau said donations from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ($50 for each show attendee who went to Water Night) and additional donations made by domain investors at the party ran the total raised to over $25,000.

Lau raised even more during the lunch hour. He tried to give away a Ipad mini (donated by DomainHoldings) but Adam Dicker yelled out from the audience that he should auction it for the Water School instead. So Lau did so and picked up another $550 from the winning bidder - Dicker! (who paid almost twice the retail value of the tablet).

Also during lunch SEO guru Jason Hennessy from EversparkInteractive.com (at left in the photo below) shared some great search engine optimization tips with Braden Pollock (at right) again ably serving in the interviewer's role, drawing a string of valuable tips from Hennessy that would be of special benefit to domain investors.

The final business session of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas was the traditional Meeting of the Chiefs, an always popular 90-minute panel discussion featuring eight industry leaders who covered a broad range of territory prompted by moderator Howard Neu. The panelists (left to right in the photo below) were Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic.com), Dwayne Walker (Oversee.net), Adam Dicker (ArtOfTheName.com), Donny Simonton (Voodoo.com) followed - on the right side of the podium - by Ammar Kubba (ThoughtConvergence.com), John Smrekar (InternetTraffic.com), Dr. Chris Hartnett (Global Media) and Joe Styler (GoDaddy.com).

With business out of the way it was time for T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Closing Night Party and Celebration at the Bellagio. There was something extra to celebrate this year. Friday night was Vishal Manjalani's birthday. Vijal (standing at center in the black jacket below) is a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. regular who represents Directi's Skenzo unit. His warm personality and professionalism have won him many friends and admirers. In another example of the "we are family" nature of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. the show's organizers surprised Vishal with one of the most elaborate and beautiful birthday cakes I've ever seen (and it tasted as good as it looks)!

The closing night party was scheduled to run until 10pm, but ran past 11pm when hotel staffers who wanted to go home finally shooed everyone out - and even then a couple of dozen stood in the hall and continued chatting for almost another hour!

There will be one last chance for those still in town to get together this morning when T.R.A.F.F.I.C. hosts a Farewell Breakfast at the Bellagio. We will be on our way back to Florida immediately after that but I'll have a few shots from that last get together for you in Monday's Lowdown post. I've shared as much of the show experience as possible while on the run this week but will have a more detailed final account including many unseen photos in a new Cover Story review that will be out next week.

 This was yet another well-run and productive T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference (the 25th in the show's 9-year history) staged by co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu with the indispensable help of their wives Alina Schwartz and Barbara Neu, Barbara & Howard's son Ray Dillman Neu and Kimberly Howard. Thanks to all of your for your tireless efforts to assure your guests had a rewarding and enjoyable experience they won't forget. Next stop T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Fort Lauderdale Beach beginning on October 20, 2013!

(Posted June 1, 2013)

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