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DOMAINfest – Getting Ready For The Best Domain Conference

Only 6 hours left to my plane departure from Warsaw, Poland to Los Angeles, California. After 16 hours of traveling (including 3 hours of transfer at London Heathrow) I hope to land safely at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

So far I have attended two DOMAINfest conferences in Europe. One in Amsterdam in 2007 and the other one in Prague last year. Both events were absolutely great and I still can’t forget DomainSponsor party at Rain in Amsterdam ;)

Photo by DNJournal.com (I am the one in the middle)

For me, DOMAINfest was always a mix of interesting lectures, great and open minded attendees and a lot of fantastic opportunities to network. And I am pretty sure that DOMAINfest Global in Santa Monica will again meet all my expectations. There will be a lot of super interesting panels I want to attend and dozens of people I want to talk to. I am also looking forward to meeting old domain friends from the US that I have not seen for a while. And all the parties will definitely help me to network with old and new friends!

And last but not least – I invite you to attend “Opportunities in ccTLDs, IDNs and gTLDs” panel, that will be held on Wednesday Feb 2, 4:30pm – 6:00pm. I will be one of the speakers and will be focusing on European ccTLDs, while my friends (Daniel Eisenhut, Ken Hansen, Adrian Kinderis, Joerg Schweiger, Andrew Snow) will cover ccTLDs, IDNs and new gTLDs. Mason Cole will be a moderator.

On top of that I would like to invite you to have a lunch with me during “Dine With an Expert, that will take place on the same day (Wednesday) at 12:15 – 1:30 pm. This will be awesome opportunity to talk and learn about European ccTLDs and possibilities of investing in this sector. Only two seats left so hurry up and book your seat now!

Daniel Dryzek

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My ideal domain conference

This blog post was going to be only a comment to a blog post on Elliot’s Blog titled “Rick Schwartz Floating TRAFFIC Without Sponsors Idea” but it is long enough to post it also on my blog, so here it is – my take on domain conferences and TRAFFIC in particular.

I was attending three TRAFFIC shows in 2007, two in 2009 (NY and Amsterdam), one in 2010 so far (Milan). I have also attended couple of other domain conferences as well (DomainFEST in Europe, Domainer Meeting in Paris, Domain Channel in London, ICANN meetings, DomainvermarketForum in Cologne, Domaining Conference in Valencia and two MeetDomainers events in Poland).

So I have seen pretty much everything when it comes to domain conferences ;) US shows are different from European shows, except those in Europe dominated by US domainers – then they look exactly the same as US shows ;) I really like both of them – big US conferences and smaller domainer meetings in Europe – they both have different type of value.

There are three types of valuable things you can get for yourself attending domain event / conference / meeting:

1. Lectures, presentations, knowledge from session and discussion panels.
2. Meeting people (old friends or new ones).
3. Doing business (buying / selling domains, deals with other attendees, deals with sponsors etc.)

Each conference, in my opinion, is mix of all of those three things but in different proportion. Just to focus on TRAFFIC. In 2007 it was really BIG and I have learnt a lot of stuff there, meet a lot of people, did a lot of deals, earned a lot of money. $2000 tickets, airline tickets and hotel costs paid off many, many, many times + I had a LOT of fun spending time with my girlfriend (now wife) in Las Vegas, NY and Miami! :) I will definitely never forget those old good times. In 2008 I didn’t attend TRAFFIC shows, only some domain conferences in Europe – close to my native location Poland. When I came back to TRAFFIC in Amsterdam and NY in 2009 I was a little bit shocked – it wasn’t the TRAFFIC I remembered from 2007 – less people, less going on, less business, less fun, less partying, less everything. There are probably couple of reasons – shrinking US economy and PPC revenues going down are one of them. There are probably other reasons too.

The industry has changed and so the TRAFFIC (and each and every domain conference) should too. I think TRAFFIC should focus on ONE conference every year. Not two, not three, not five!! Maybe, but I only say MAYBE, one TRAFFIC in the US and another one in Europe / Asia / some other part of our globe changed every year. So altogether MAXIMUM TWO TRAFFIC shows every year. People don’t have so much time and money to travel all the time. And time is money too, add tickets, hotels, flights and you end up with pretty huge bill. From my perspective I want to travel to one, maybe two global domain events every year + two or three more local events like those in Germany, Spain or Poland. That’s already more than enough. I also attend couple of domainer get-together but these are “one evening / night” meetings, so they don’t really count but they also important.

What I would love to see in 2011? ONE BIG TRAFFIC in great location (I loved Miami event in 2007 with the venue right at the beach!) with great presentations, sessions, speakers, some BIG keynote speaker, great parties and a lot of networking opportunities. And of course great auction too – with 100 selected great names and not with 700 crappy names. That is the domain conference I would love to go to and I would definitely attend. I have nothing against sponsors if they organize a good party or dinner for attendees, so let them in. And last but not least – I would like to see there at least 400-500 attendees – that’s the right number for GLOBAL conference. I want to meet people, talk with them, learn from them and have fun with them. 100 people is not enough, as I want to meet also NEW people, not only the ones I already know. If Rick and Howard can organize such TRAFFIC for me, then I don’t care about the ticket price too much as long it is not higher than $2000 (of course $500-$1000 would be ideal).

Daniel Dryzek

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MeetDomainers – European Domainers Meet in the UK and in Poland!

I am excited to invite you to our first MeetDomainers UK event that will be held in Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel on August 27-28th, 2010. We are teaming up with NameDrive, one of the biggest parking companies, to bring you a two-day show in Manchester exploring trends, technologies and opportunities in the UK and International markets.

Earlybird rates start at just 150 GBP with spouse / partner discounts available. Not only is the most affordable domain conference, it will also be one of the best! Hurry up – earlybird rates expire on June 30th.

MeetDomainers has been developed with you, the domainer, in mind. Panels are geared towards domainers’ needs and interests, covering current topics such as domain development, SEO, affiliate networks and Internet business. Check our preliminary agenda for MeetDomainers in Manchester.

Panellists for MeetDomainers UK include Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet. A must see panel, Lesley will provide attendees with an insight into the UK domain industry as well as answering questions from attendees. We are also proud to announce the latest addition to the show. Bryan Lip, Expedia Inc. Expedia’s family of businesses include expedia.com, hotels.com, Venere, Hotwire, TripAdvisor and Egencia, generating more then $21.8B in revenues in 2009, most of which was online. Bryan works in the Expedia Affiliate Network business, which is responsible for distributing Expedia’s contracted travel products (air, hotel, car, packages, activities, insurance and cruise).

Register now for MeetDomainers 2010 in the UK!


I would also like to invite you to  the one and only domain conference in Poland! This is our third meeting and this time it will be held on August 19-21st, 2010 in Sofitel Grand Sopot Hotel – right at the beach!

Earlybird rates start at just 179 EUR. Parties, lunches, beverages, food, drinks, entertainment at the beach and live domain auction included!

Attending MeetDomainers Poland you will learn:

- about Polish domain secondary market
- how to use tax havens to pay lowest taxes
- how to run successful Internet business
- how to find most profitable domains
- how to develop domains

Among our speakers you will find “Man of the Year in the Polish Internet” and Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” winner Michal Brański as well as Andrzej Paczuski – voted the best tax advisor providing services to the financial sector in Poland. Learn from the best!

MeetDomainers will also provide an excellent opportunity to meet likeminded domainers and industry professionals in a relaxed atmosphere. The second day of both shows is entirely dedicated to networking, with a full day of paintballing followed by a night out in Manchester and a full day of beach activities in Sopot, Poland.

Register now for MeetDomainers 2010 in Poland!

More details and registration:

PL http://meetdomainers.eu/en

UK http://meetdomainers.co.uk

James Tuplin from NameDrive put a lot of effort to bring fantastic show in Manchester as well as my wife Agnes to organize our third meeting in Poland. We hope to see many of you in the UK and in Poland soon!

Daniel Dryzek

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Who Is Coming To TRAFFIC Milan?

So who is coming to TRAFFIC Milan?? European edition of this popular domain conference will be held in the capital of fashion and design, also home to world class European football team A.C. Milan, on April 27 – 29, 2010.

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If you are coming to TRAFFIC Milan you may be interested in attending an informal meeting on Monday to catch up and enjoy Italian food together with other TRAFFIC attendees. We will meet in the restaurant DA PUCCINI at 7 pm local time. Meals and drinks will be paid by each attendee individually. If you would like to attend please email me, so I can forward your email to meeting organizers who can book enough space for all.

You should also check out T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Main Auction inventory as well as .EU exclusive inventory. You will find there some real gems like: Meetings.co.uk, Erotica.com, Italy.net, Houses.co.uk, Thick.com, BabyFood.com, Carnivals.com, ER.com, Cheesecake.com, FR.net, Credito.com, Tijuana.mx, Football.eu or Hell.com.

I will be speaking on Thursday, April 29th in a session dedicated to .pl (Poland), .ru (Russia) and Eastern European markets so please feel free to post your questions in comments regarding Polish domain market – I will prepare more complex and accurate answers for you!

I hope to see many of You in Milan! Remember – domain conferences are about three most important things: people, people and people..

Daniel Dryzek

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MeetDomainers 2009 – final auction inventory and updated agenda has been released

MeetDomainers - Truly

MeetDomainers is a Truly European Meeting of Domain Investors. Second edition will be held at Warsaw Marriott Hotel, Poland, September 25-27. Almost one hundred people will participate in this event – experts in domain investing, domain name law, web development, domain parking and representatives from registries and registrars. Please check http://meetdomainers.eu/en/agenda/ for more details.

List for live domain name auction has been announced. Lots of very good names will start from $1 only and no reserve price. 55.pl, windykacje.pl (debt collections), doradztwoinwestycyjne.pl (investment advisory), redaktor.pl (editor), niemcy.eu (Germany), edukacja.eu (education), helikoptery.pl (helicopters), vo.pl or turkey.pl – to mention only few of them.

There are also many premium .pl domains with higher reserve prices during the auction on September 25th, 3:30 PM (CET) GMT+1 as well as one premium .us name: teens.us (5,250 EUR), obligacje.pl (bonds in Polish – 20,000 EUR), aukcja.pl (auction – 25,000 EUR), liga.pl (league – 6,250 EUR), informatyka.pl (computer science – 7,500 EUR), lekarze.pl (doctors – 25,000 EUR), notebook.pl (25,000 EUR), dom.eu (home – 5,000 EUR) or kredyty.com (loans, credits – 15,000 EUR). List for live domain name auction and details are available at the website http://meetdomainers.eu/en/aukcja/.

MeetDomainers live auction will be supported by the biggest polish domain aftermarket website – Aftermarket.pl. Please register at http://live.aftermarket.pl until 23rd of September to bid online. Domain auction will be led by the professional auctioneer.

MeetDomainers is sponsored by EuroDNS, Sedo, Aftermarket.pl and NameDrive.

To read more about MeetDomainers event, go to http://meetdomainers.eu/en.

Daniel Dryzek

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The Future of TRAFFIC Conference

As you probably heard – Rick Latona teams up with Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu to organize TRAFFIC conferences in 2010 and beyond. This includes not only European TRAFFIC editions but also those in US and Asia.

First of all, I think this is a very wise move – both for the founders of TRAFFIC and Rick Latona. Rick has been very active in domain business in recent months and did a lot of good work by developing this market in such a tough times (especially in US). TRAFFIC will give him additional boost and exclusivity for live domain auctions at the conference.

On the other hand Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu will benefit from Rick’s help, ccTLD market experience and his business skills. The synergy is quite obvious to me.

This new Trio will not only help themselves but they will also help THE DOMAIN INDUSTRY by spreading the news all around the world. We need something big to tell the world what domains are about and why they are so valuable. But WE NEED CHANGES. TRAFFIC is a great domain show but as the world evolves, TRAFFIC has to change as well. And will change – as we already heard from Rick, Howard and Rick.

So how will the new TRAFFIC look like?

Here are some facts and some hopes from my side:

- more domainers and attendees from outside the domain industry

- cheaper tickets that will help to achieve what I wrote above

- new locations of TRAFFIC like Hong Kong, Toronto and Europe

- themed conferences – targeted to the local audience

- new faces at panels (more speakers from outside the US)

- better auction inventory (more high quality ccTLDs in Europe – for example)

- even more networking opportunities (including special dedicated sessions)

Please add your suggestions, so Rick, Howard and Rick can make TRAFFIC domain conference even better. We all will benefit.

TRAFFIC in 2010

Here’s where and when TRAFFIC will be organized in 2010: Las Vegas (January/February), Amsterdam (March/April), Toronto (May/June), Reykjavik (July/August), South Florida (September/October), Hong Kong (November/December).

I believe that Reykjavik will be replaced with some other place (organizers asked to give comments about this location). Barcelona, St Petersburg, Prague and Rome are also taken into consideration.

From my side, I would propose Warsaw as well. This is 2 million, growing business city, capitol of 38 million country. Poland is well known for its strong .pl domain secondary market. You can also read about MeetDomainers conference that was held in October 2008 in Cracow (Polish version of Prague ;) on DNJournal.com to learn more about Polish domain market.

I keep my fingers crossed, good luck to Rick, Howard and Rick with the NEW TRAFFIC!

Daniel Dryzek

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Cheaper Tickets for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York 2009

I was pretty surprised, when I went to Registration & Pricing area dedicated to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York 2009 show. The prices of TRAFFIC went down! Now I also see that I got email from Rick with new pricing details.

You probably remember recent message from Rick Schwartz titled: “The Future of TRAFFIC” – it was about pricing and activities included in the show. Rick asked if he should lower the attendance fee but lower number of meals, drinks etc. in the same time. The answer seems to be YES.

You can get your tickets for $895 and only $199 for spouse pass, which is really LOW I have to admit. The early bird prices are valid until June 30th or 100 tickets sold. I only hope that the value of TRAFFIC itself will not go down despite the price drop. TRAFFIC was my first big domain conference (after DomainChannel in London few weeks before TRAFFIC conference in Las Vegas in 2007) and I had learned A LOT at each of the shows. The last one was quite different from the others, because it was mainly dedicated to ccTLDs. I will post more about TRAFFIC ccTLDs in Amsterdam soon.

Good luck Rick and Howard with increasing attendance at TRAFFIC! It was a very good decision to lower the prices and I hope to see the New York show in 2009 similar to the one in 2007. The more people at the conference – the more business going on and more things happening :)

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs in Amsterdam – Here I Come

Amsterdam

After ona and a half years since my last T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in Miami I am back at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs, this time in Europe – Amsterdam!

Event in Miami was one of the biggest (if not the biggest one) T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ever. End of 2007 was the apogee of domain business. Steve Forbes was the keynote speaker in Miami, .mobi domains were sold for more than $100k each at the auction, computer.com was sold for $2.2M – these were crazy times :)

But then the crisis came and everything changed. PPC went down, domainers and domain companies started to earn less. They had to cut their budgets and this meant also money for domain conferences. In recent TRAFFIC conferences only 150-250 attended at most. But hey – this also has some advantages – it’s again easier to meet people if there’s 100-150 not 700 people out there. It’s also easier to do business again.

So I am again at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and again in Amsterdam. This conference will be very interesting for me because it’s for the first time in Europe and it is in 100% dedicated to ccTLDs, which are at my radar too. 95% of my domain investments are ccTLDs (.pl, .eu, .cz, .sk, .in). I was two years ago in Amsterdam at DOMAINfest Regional Conference and it was a great time as I remember :) So I strongly believe this time it will be a great time too. A lot of valuable speaches are prepared (including keynote speaker Kevin Ham), lots of fun and spending time together with old friends and domain profesionals at the same time.

TRAFFIC ccTLDs Amsterdam will last four long days. There will ba an acution of ccTLD domains too and I hope to buy some nice names. You can choose among such domains as: houses.co.uk, blog.eu, football.eu, job.us, spanish.ca, stores.ca, tel.fr and many others. Reserve prices for many names are quite resonable, so I believe many of them will find the buyer.

I will write few posts direcly from the conference to let you know what’s going on and I hope to meet some of you guys there personally!

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