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Big Early Bird Discount for NamesCon Global 2024 Ends This Week - Godaddy Connects with ENS - GGRG Issues Latest Liquid Domain Sales Report

Update: NamesCon Global 2024 has extended the deadline to take advantage of the Early Bird rate to March 8, 2024

With last month's 2024 ICA Meeting in Las Vegas now behind us, our conference sights are now set on the 2024 NamesCon Global conference coming up June 5-8, 2024 at the Downtown Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas. With the show opens exactly four months from today and the next 120 days will blow by before you know it. In fact time is already running out if you want to get an early bird ticket that will get you in for less than half the price of the regular ticket. That offer expires Thursday night, February 8 just before midnight (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

That is significant because the early bird deal cuts the standard $999 price down to $449 ($505.96 with sales tax and service fee). The deal is reserved for individual domainers, brokers, and entrepreneurs and will give you access to all sessions, keynotes, networking events and NamesCon's attendee-only parties. As was the case last year, the NamesCon ticket will also you full access to CloudFest USA, a closely related internet infrastructure industry event that will run parallel to NamesCon Global at the same venue.

NamesCon Global organizers are busy putting together another jam-packed agenda right now. I just heard from Chairman of the Board Soeren von Varchmin this morning letting me know about some impressive speakers they have already lined up that will be publicly announced soon. If you have never been to a NamesCon event before you can see what they are all in about in our comprehensive review of the 2023 edition of NamesCon that was also held at the Omni in Austin, We will, or course, be there again to cover it all in June and hope to see you at the big event as well.



A couple of other things of special interest to tell you about today. GoDaddy has announced a new partnership with Ethereum Name Service (ENS), a pioneer in blockchain-based naming systems, to enable domain name users to link their domains to ENS effortlessly, with no additional costs or technical experience required. The two companies see this collaboration as a major step toward bridging the gap between the Domain Name System (DNS) and blockchain technology.

Paul Nicks, President of Domains at GoDaddy, said "As a long-time domain industry steward, we are always looking for innovative enhancements that benefit our customers. Partnering with ENS presents our customers with a unique opportunity to experience the fusion of domains names and blockchain technologies, bringing some great benefits for users in both areas."

While it has always been feasible to bring domain names over to ENS, barriers like high gas fees have limited the seamless transition. To help, ENS deployed new smart contracts to enable the resolution process of domain names in ENS, at the DNS top-level domain (TLD) level. This allows verification of DNS records, enabling a cost-free method for users.

Elsewhere, GGRG's latest quarterly Liquid Market Report, covering domain sales from this category reported in the 4th quarter of 2023, is out. The report covers a subset of the overall aftermarket - short acronym and numeric domains - that, due to steady demand, tend to have more liquidity than most other domain categories. These are .com domains comprised of 2-4 letters, 2-5 numbers or a combination of 2-3 characters mixing letters and numbers. Taken as whole, that "liquid" universe includes 614,928 .com domains.

In this 30th edition of the report, GGRG Founder Giuseppe Graziano compiled over $16.9 million worth of sales with over $9.5 million of those being closed on the   

Escrow.com platform and another $7.4 million tallied by totaling up publicly disclosed sales (Escrow.com provides their total $ volume but does not disclose individual sales). The 4th quarter presented an unusual dichotomy with sales volume for publicly reported sales up 179% from the previous quarter while volume on the Escrow.com platform dropped 57%. Check out the full report for a detailed breakdown of the data that will give you more insight into what produced those results.

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