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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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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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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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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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TRAFFIC ccTLDs Extended Auction Results

32 domains were sold at TRAFFIC ccTLDs Extended Auction. Total sales grosses €75,701. Most popular ccTLD was .in (India): 8 domains sold, followed by .us (5 domains) and .co.uk (United Kingdom): 3 domain names.

Top sales at the auction:

Sextoys.ca €14,400

Employ.us €3,905
AirlineTickets.co.uk €3,600
Jewelers.co.uk €3,600
Niemiecki.pl €3,550
Router.com.au €2,122
Emails.com.au €1,440
Refrigerator.in €1,064
Identidad.es €1,000

Blackjack.co.za and Casinos.co.za €35,000

Sextoys.ca €14,400

Employ.us €3,905

AirlineTickets.co.uk €3,600

Jewelers.co.uk €3,600

Niemiecki.pl (meaning: German) €3,550

Router.com.au €2,122

Emails.com.au €1,440

Refrigerator.in €1,064

Identidad.es (meaning: identity) €1,000

Full list of sold domain names at the auction.

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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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