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European Domaining Conference in Spain

The Domaining Spain 2013 Conference will be hosted in the city of Valencia (Spain) from 25th to 27th of April 2013. It is the fifth edition of such an event taking place in Spain and it is wholly dedicated to investors and developers in domain names.

This will be my third visit to Valencia and I would really recommend this conference to anyone that is interested in domain market. No matter if you live in Europe, US or any other part of the world – this is the event you should not miss!

This year, conference organizers Dietmar J. Stefitz and Jodi Chamberlain will focus on the imminent arrival of New Top Level Domains. In the event agenda you will also find sessions dedicated to traffic portfolios, legal issues, trademarks, SEO and domain development.

Hope to see you in Valencia!

Contact me to get 50% discount code for the conference ticket.

Author: Daniel Dryzek

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The last chance to register for MeetDomainers!

For the last few months me and my wife Agnes have been working pretty hard to make upcoming MeetDomainers the biggest and the best so far. Now is your turn!

In just a few days, one hundred specialists from Poland and abroad will meet to talk about domain names and alternative investments. There will be sessions dedicated to domains, wine, green energy and startups. Three-hour negotiation workshop is also a part of the event, as well as live domain auction. Check out our agenda!

After the conference, we invite you for a night in Opera Club sponsored by ZeroPark. Enjoy the evening with excellent food and drinks. Network and have fun!

Registration for MeetDomainers

Daniel Dryzek

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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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Interview with Joerg Schnermann – General Manager at DomainSponsor Europe

DomainSponsor has recently established its European head office in Frankfurt, Germany. They have also announced DOMAINfest Europe that will be staged in Prague on 6-7 October, 2010.

It seems that DomainSponsor has taken it serious when it comes to European domain market and ccTLDs monetization.

Here is my interview with Joerg Schnermann – General Manager of DomainSponsor Europe about their expansion and plans for the future:

DD: How does DomainSponsor want to compete with well established European parking companies such as Sedo and NameDrive and how do you want to differentiate your offer?

JS: Sedo, NameDrive and other players all have their own strengths. DomainSponsor Europe brings a new competitive edge to the market. Our most important differentiation for publishers is maximum monetization. While this sounds ambitious, it is based on our strong technology platform which we’re continually improving. Unlike other companies, we invest heavily in optimization technology to maximize the return on publishers’ global domain assets. In addition, we have the best pro-active customer service in the market.

Just to add a little history, DomainSponsor pioneered the domain monetization industry back in 2002, well before Sedo and NameDrive appeared. So we consider ourselves to be extremely well established, with respect to monetizing traffic.

DomainSponsor recognizes that Europe is not just one market like US. It is very heterogeneous with more than a dozen different ccTLDs, languages, cultures, legal requirements, etc. We understand the differences. We will take a market by market approach, to best meet different user behavior and domainer requirements. We know that we have to customize solutions for our customers.

Hence our goal for the European marketplace is to listen to local domain investors, learn about unfulfilled needs and goals, and then build a better suite of monetization services than they have access to today. We have a big advantage in making this happen because we can build upon the technology, experience, and knowledge that has helped us become the leader in monetizing traffic. And since we are taking a fresh look at the European marketplace, we have the additional advantage of not being locked into a previous way of thinking. We can tailor our technology and service to what is happening in the industry today and what local domain investors see happening in the future.

The first step in our process is to establish a strong presence in Europe. Then, we’ll continue to build relationships and promote new developments, bringing the latest technology to each market.

DD: Are you going to localize your services for specific countries or leave is as it is now, with one website http://www.domainsponsor.com?

JD: The website, Domainsponsor.com, is actually the publisher interface where our account and reporting tools are found. All domain administration can be done by our publishers here.

For the immediate future the website will remain unchanged. Going forward, our plan is to localize or better geo-target the website as we grow our presence in Europe. We already have plans to allow users to select one of several languages when viewing either the front-end informational pages or back-end account management tools. Our goal is to make the website more informative and useful to prospective and current clients who may not be 100% comfortable with English. Initially, we will be offering languages from countries with the biggest market opportunities.

Right now our first priority is to improve existing monetization methods and test new ones, on a country-by-country basis. We’ll localize our services for specific countries. For example, we will be enhancing our optimization technology so that it continuously analyzes, identifies, and uses the behavioral, keyword, and landing page nuances that are unique to each country, and in so doing, produces the maximum monetization on a country by country basis.

DD: What kind of advantages can European domainers expect when DomainSponsor has its subsidiary in Europe?

JS: Having been a domainer myself for over three years, I know that domainers are very interested in a real alternative to existing players in Europe.

Everybody in our value chain will realize the advantages of more competition and more choice. With DomainSponsor expanding its presence in Europe, all domainers will benefit because tougher competition will spur innovation and help to accelerate the evolution of the parking industry. Oversee.net and DomainSponsor are strong proponents of our industry, helping to reshape its image and build recognition for the value it contributes.

Moreover, our presence in Europe underlines the growing importance of the European markets in the global domain industry. Despite the economic downturn of the last 12-18 months, we see tremendous and sustainable growth potential in domain monetization. We are very excited to be playing a larger role in the European domain industry.

DD: Why did you choose Prague for your second European show (the first one was in Amsterdam as far as I remember)?

Actually the very first DOMAINfest was held in Barcelona in 2006. One year later we held DOMAINfest Amsterdam.

This time we couldn’t think of a better place to hold a conference than Prague. To many, Prague is in the “heart” of Europe. It is an incredibly beautiful city. Prague has it all — a rich history, stunning architecture, wonderful people and great nightlife. In addition, the city is very “conference friendly”, which will provide a truly unforgettable experience for attendees. DOMAINfest Europe attendees will be able to enjoy all that Prague has to offer before, during, and after the event.

It is also important to note that while DOMAINfest Europe will include a Moniker live domain auction, its primary goal is to provide attendees with an opportunity to network with colleagues and industry experts not only from Europe, but from around the world. DOMAINfest conferences have always offered unbeatable networking opportunities. And we think Prague is the perfect setting for an event like DOMAINfest which is so heavily focused on helping attendees build lasting and beneficial relationships.

Also, by having the event in Prague, we wanted to acknowledge and make it easy for domain investors to attend from emerging/newer European markets, like Poland.

DD: Thank you!

Joerg Schnermann is General Manager, DomainSponsor Europe. Schnermann previously was Chief Operating Officer of KeywordDomains.com where he managed and expanded large portfolios of ccTLDs and monetized traffic through multiple channels. Prior to working in the domain business, he was a marketing manager with the Coatings Division of BASF AG, responsible for the development and launch of value-added services in eight European sales organizations. Schnermann also has a corporate banking background with Commerzbank AG. He received his B.A. in European Business from DCU in Dublin, Ireland as well as a “Diplom Betriebswirt” from the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany.

Daniel Dryzek

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Comes to Las Vegas.. But This Time Without Me

I won’t be traveling to Las Vegas for TRAFFIC domain conference this time but I hope to be back again in April, when TRAFFIC comes to Milan, Italy.

I will be absent in Vegas due to the most important thing that have ever happened to me.. YES – I will become a father soon :) So please feel warned – new domainer (he or she) is coming to kick your old asses ;)

Have a look at the final domain auction inventory.

Some interesting domain names I have found:

Lot Domain name Reserve range
     
440 FreshVegetables.com    3,000 USD to 4,000 USD
480 Meetings.com 200,000 USD to 250,000 USD
590 Lemons.com 30,000 USD to 40,000 USD
610 Pizza.us 30,000 USD to 40,000 USD
620 CatFood.com 50,000 USD to 75,000 USD
640 DietFood.com 40,000 USD to 50,000 USD
750 BabyFood.com 100,000 USD to 150,000 USD
830 Wine.us 20,000 USD to 30,000 USD
930 LongIsland.com 250,000 USD to 300,000 USD
1060 ZR.com 75,000 USD to 100,000 USD
1400 BF.com 300,000 USD to 400,000 USD
1640 Banquets.com 50,000 USD to 75,000 USD
2120 Hell.com 600,000 USD to 700,000 USD
2340    Romance.com undisclosed reserve

There are 238 names for sale altogether.

Daniel Dryzek

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Detailed Schedule for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Shows in 2010

I haven’t managed to post during the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain conference in New York. There are always so many things happening during these few days of conference, that there is hardly any spare time to blog :) When I am at the conference I try to focus on it as much as I can.

For the news from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2009 conference in New York you should visit Chef Patrick’s blog Day One, Day Two and Day Three as well as DNJournal.com – check out the Day One recap and Closing Day at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. NY by Ron Jackson.

Today is the last day of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. NY and detailed schedule for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. shows in 2010 has been announced. I thought that it may be interesting for you, so please check out the dates of coming T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences and decide which one you want to go to.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. schedule for 2010:

Las Vegas, US
January 21-23

Milan, Italy
April 27-29

Vancouver, Canada
June 15-18

Dublin, Ireland
August 24-26

Miami (South Beach), Florida, US
October 17-20 (October 15-16: pre-show activities)

Hong Kong, China
November 15-16

Daniel Dryzek

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