Jeff Sass of .Club domains, Keynote Video at DomainFest 2014

Jeff Sass, CMO of .Club domains, explains how the new gTLD’s will change the brand marketing landscape and create opportunities for domain investors at DomainFest 2014 held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in L.A on April 1st, 2014.

The keynote had the title “Follow the Money”: Continue reading

Uniregistry to Sponsor T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas

Uniregistry will be sponsoring the luncheon on May 29th at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas.
Here is the announcement from Rick Schwartz:
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is excited to announce that Frank Schilling’s UNIREGISTRY will be sponsoring the luncheon on Thursday, May 29th, at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 in Las Vegas.
UNIREGISTRY recognizes the immense business potential at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. By sponsoring and exhibiting at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., registrars and registries gain visibility among the most influential domain investors in the world today.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 runs May 28 – 31 at the World Famous Bellagio Hotel.
Can you really afford to put your business on hold until 2015 just to save a few dollars? You may want to rethink that one.

3 Nights free at the Bellagio ends at 6PM TODAY!

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. offer including 2 nights at the Bellagio for $1495 ends on April 4th

I got an email from Rick Schwartz informing me that the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference current offer including 2 nights at the Bellagio for $1495 ends this week on April 4th.

Here is the email I received from Rick Schwartz:
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NameJet partners with and DomainFest to auction 40 domains:,

NameJet announced that they have partnered with and the DomainFest conference to offer 40 premium domain names for auction. This exclusive list of premium domains is available on the NameJet auction platform and will be showcased during the upcoming DomainFest domain investor conference. All auctions close during the conference running from March 31st through April 2nd.

Every domain scheduled for auction is priced to sell at either a low reserve or no reserve. No reserve auctions close on April 1st, and low reserve auctions close on April 2nd.

Here is the complete list of Premium Domain Names at auction: Continue reading

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas hosts a No Reserve gTLD auction – T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 10th Anniversary in Miami Beach

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will have a No Reserve gTLD auction with domains released directly from the registries plus 18 gTLD proponents representing as many as 2/3 of all the new extensions will be offered 5 minutes of podium time to pitch their new extensions to those that are interested.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. celebrates its 10th Anniversary year starting in Las Vegas from May 28th to May 31st at the Bellagio Hotel with the cabana networking starting on the 27th and then its 10th Anniversary show at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach from October 30th, until, November 2nd, 2014 with cabana networking starting on the 29th.

If you read this far and have not purchased your Las Vegas Tickets for $1495 (that includes 2 nights at the #1 Rated Bellagio Hotel. Less taxes, fees and personal expenses) T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is delighted to offer a special Airport Pickup Service just for signing up this week that will whisk you from the airport to the Bellagio Entrance.

Here is the complete announcement:


T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has always kept the “noise out and the business in” for a decade now. Our formula is unique and has fostered the creation of more Domain Industry business deals than anywhere else. Other shows can wind you up, but T.R.A.F.F.I.C. winds you down. It is just a different philosophy with a different outcome. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. makes the conditions conducive to making deals and doing business.

We start with relaxing at the cabanas where you have some of the best pre-show networking anywhere and do business as you wind down a bit and enjoy some of the fruits of your labor. Have a few seminars that are timely and pertinent and real. That arms you with new ideas to go home with and institute. Meals to break bread with each other and get to see old friends and meet new ones. Then parties to celebrate the business that was already done and still to come. That is the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. focus and formula and we have never tried to hide it and we won’t be changing it but we always try to improve.

Folks that come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. never go home empty-handed. They can point to specific deals that more than pay for a first class experience and keep them coming back. We wrap all that up inside a World-Class 5 star hotel and make your business double as a tax-deductible vacation for you and your family. The ROI is priceless when you look back. Memories you will have for a lifetime and a lifestyle that improves with it.

As small as the Domain Industry is, there is still plenty of room for many formulas as we see and many more will come. Some folks like the hubbub and many classes and others like a more homogenized approach focused on doing business. Don’t come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. for the parties however T.R.A.F.F.I.C. parties are legendary.

They come to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to do business and make decisions. Decisions they can look back on and clearly see the importance of.  T.R.A.F.F.I.C. sets up the conditions and atmosphere that keeps you on the cutting edge as the future comes at us at warp speed. We keep it real regardless of the pressure we get.

As T.R.A.F.F.I.C. celebrates its 10th Anniversary year starting in Las Vegas from May 28th to May 31st at the Bellagio Hotel with the cabana networking starting on the 27th and then its 10th Anniversary show at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach from October 30th, until, November 2nd, 2014 with cabana networking starting on the 29th, it is an opportunity to look back as well as forward; to see that 135 person gathering in 2004 that launched an industry become the blossoming and forceful power that the Domain Investment Industry has become, is quite a journey.

Each conference has its own focus, audience and way of doing things. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. always looks to improve your networking experience and opportunities as our only focus is enhancing your business objectives not ours

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will have a No Reserve gTLD auction with domains released directly from the registries plus 18 gTLD proponents representing as many as 2/3 of all the new extensions will be offered 5 minutes of podium time to pitch their new extensions to those that are interested.

By the end of May, there will be many gTLD’s that will be actively seeking your business and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will give them a platform to do that business. Many will relish the opportunity to sway a professional and skeptical crowd and some will not be up to or ready for that challenge. As professionals, you will take it all into account. THEY have to make the case. The burden is on them and they will have to share their visions.

This is the domain industry of which .com is the foundation and focus for most. All extensions will be examined as we have each and every time over the years as we are eager to expand if we hear a compelling case. But that does not mean we will ignore the main focus and turn the show into a gTLD event. This is their “Coming out party” and we will give them their proper time and spotlight.

Here are some of the things we will cover and as you can see most of which are universale no matter what extension you might focus on:

How to build an ecommerce site to develop into a business from your best domains while increasing the value. Concept to live in 9 days.

How to find willing partners to develop your raw domains into thriving businesses. 

Fishing for whales or fishing for minnows. Same work, same time, different outcomes.

How do you buy a domain that stands directly in the crossroads of the future?

Mining for domains or mining for Bitcoins? With so many opportunities how do you pick a path?


Quicksand or gold? Horse race or stampede? The most honest, direct and comprehensive debate and conversation about where the future leads.  

There will be plenty of room in the fabric of the Internet for alternate extensions IF the public and end user accepts them and there is something of value for them there. Those are all open questions and the answers in the next few months will begin to reveal themselves. We will discuss those revelations and what they mean regardless of where the answers lead.

In 2004, we were an unknown factor looking to take on a world stage and make the case why domain names were such a powerful and important business tool that was essential going into the future. In 2014 there is no question that domain names will lead the news and the way forward.

Welcome to the future. Domains have gone from the obscure to center stage and Domain Investors like us have been there each and every step of the way. Your expertise will have great value going forward. I dream of one day asking a CEO “What is their “Domain Strategy?” and instead of that glazed over eye look, being directed to their “Chief Domain Name Strategist”.

In 2004, the first choice for a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference was the Fontainebleau Hotel in beautiful Miami Beach. However, they did not understand the industry at the time and could not accommodate us. (Actually they would bot even talk to us) But as we have done before, we just kept trying and this time they understood what TRAFFIC was all about and welcomed us with open arms.

This will be our first weekend show and the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Premiere Party promises to be a spectacular Halloween Masquerade Ball.  The Hotel is working with us to provide a program for families of all ages, so we will be encouraging everyone to bring their kids for magical Trick or Treats and other full-time activities.

Before that, however, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. LAS VEGAS will once again be held at the Top Rated Bellagio Hotel with all the bells and whistles and time to celebrate past successes and plant the seed for your future successes.

2014 is a year to celebrate surviving the recession and looking to the future once again. Just 6 months ago we were all hearing doom and gloom as I was writing about the “Boom” that was coming. Well here it is and if you don’t get your fair share………

We look forward to seeing you there because T.R.A.F.F.I.C. means B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S.

Serious people doing serious business and having a good time doing it. That’s the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. formula.

That is our case for coming to T.R.A.F.F.I.C.  We will not bombard you with hype for the next 5 months. I think the industry will be hyped out pretty soon if not already. But you will see a very serious set of shows as we celebrate 10 years with you! See you there

If you read this far and have not purchased your Las Vegas Tickets for $1495 (that includes 2 nights at the #1 Rated Bellagio Hotel. Less taxes, fees and personal expenses) we are delighted to offer our special Airport Pickup Service just for signing up this week that will whisk you from the airport to the Bellagio Entrance. And for those companies bringing 5 or more employees, we have a special just for you. Just contact Howard with your requirements.

Lastly, sponsorships are now on sale as well. They start at just $1000. Pricing is more attractive than ever. That is the only part of our formula that has changed and you will be delighted with the new price points.

That’s it. Talk to you again in the next month or two as we prepare our agenda and make it important and pertinent to you and your businesses and your futures.

There is a lot of information and agendas out there. You can rest assured that at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., our only agenda is you and your success.

Rick, Alina, Howard and Barbara and the rest of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. crew look forward to welcoming you again in 2014. We really are family. Thank you for being part of that family for the last decade!!

Rick Schwartz

DomainSponsor Announces DomainFest Conference in Hollywood

DomainSponsor®, the online monetization business of® and organizer of the critically acclaimed DomainFest® series of conferences, will host its annual DomainFest conference from March 31 to April 3, 2014, at the luxurious Loews Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.

DomainFest returns to Hollywood at the “new” Loews Hollywood Hotel, set in the middle of iconic Hollywood landmarks. This hotel is the gateway to enjoy all that Hollywood and Highland have to offer – from the Walk of Fame to the major movie studios.

”We are bringing DomainFest back to Hollywood and its roots,” said Debra Domeyer, CEO of “With a tradition of networking, learning, and getting deals done, we’re delighted to be back. Our goal is to once again deliver a great conference with excellent speakers, rich content, and fun entertainment.”

Speakers, Agenda and Evening Entertainment

Domain owners, new gTLD Name Providers, Domain Registrars, Online Marketers, Affiliates and Startups attending DomainFest can expect an agenda packed with unique learning and networking opportunities. Industry leaders will offer insights and real-world experiences that can help improve business performance and results.

“For the 9th year, we are pleased to host the DomainFest conference,” said Dwayne Walker, Senior Vice President of Advertising and Domain Services. “Once again, we are bringing together the brightest and most informed experts, attendees and investors from the Domain, Online Advertising and Online Marketing industries to explore new business opportunities, network and enjoy memorable evening entertainment.”

In February 2013 more than 600 domain name investors, registrars, hosting companies, startups, advertising providers and online marketing companies from 25 countries attended the conference.

Registration is Now Open

An early bird registration fee of $695, which includes all sessions, meals and evening parties, is available now and will end Feb. 14, 2014. On Feb. 15, 2014, the regular pre-conference rate of $995 applies. This year, a special one-day pass will be available for the first day of the conference. Priced at just $295, it encourages a broad range of participants involved in the Southern California technology scene. To register, visit

DomainFest has arranged for discounted hotel room rates at the Loews Hollywood hotel. For reservation details, please visit:

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

DomainFest is an excellent and cost effective way to promote your brand to savvy investors. Information about 2014 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is available at Inquiries can be sent to

Get the Latest News and Stay Informed

The DomainFest team will provide updates, information and much more via its Twitter handle @domainfest. DomainFest, DomainSponsor and conference attendees will be tweeting before and during the conference using Twitter hashtag #DomainFest. Videos, pictures, commentary and live news and information will flow on Twitter via hashtag #domainfest. Tweet us using hashtag #DomainFest.

About DomainFest

Founded by DomainSponsor®, a division of, DomainFest is a conference series that brings domain, registrar, hosting, advertising and online marketing professionals together to learn, network and do business. Attendees include domain owners, internet entrepreneurs and a wide range of online business executives and service providers. For more information, please visit

About® owns and operates a portfolio of domain, online and mobile businesses. Advanced technology and cutting-edge online marketing techniques are utilized to optimize each online business. Over 230 million unique users per month visit Oversee’s direct navigation ad network. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee also has an office in New York City. For more information, please visit

Frank Schilling encouraging all to go to NamesCon in Las Vegas – Next stop: TRAFFIC East

Frank Schilling owner of the platform send an email to all the DNS customers encouraging them to attend NamesCon starting in a few days. John Smrekar, Eddie Mullen, and Sevan Derderian will also be in attendance to explain some of the DNS features. NamesCon will take place in Las Vegas in January 13-15 2014. The conference will have more than 450 attendees. More tickets were released after the show sold out and Flippa is running a contest to win a free ticket.

It seems that Frank Schilling and DNS will not be attending the next TRAFFIC West domain name conference happening once again in Last Vegas. (May 28-31 2014). But they will be attending TRAFFIC East in September 2014.

Here is the email:


We are looking forward to seeing you all (and encourage you all to attend) NamesCon this January. This is the last domain end-user conference we plan to attend before September?s TRAFFIC East. Myself, John Smrekar, Eddie Mullen, and Sevan Derderian will be in attendance. We will be taking this opportunity to explain some of the features of our platform, and I look forward to sharing some of our plans for making you more money. Hotel rooms at $79 and record low airfares give us no excuse. If you were thinking about coming.. This is your show. See you next week.

Warmly, Frank.

Flippa running a competition offering a FREE Ticket to NamesCon 2014

I read in Domain Gang the NamesCon 2014 is now a SOLD OUT domain conference.

So the competition that Flippa is running offering a free ticket worth $600 to NamesCon 2014 is something that latecomers should enter if they want to be part of the domain conference.

All you need to do is send a tweet saying, “I want to join @Flippa and other domain pros at NamesCon 2014″.

NamesCon will take place in Las Vegas in January 13-15 2014. The conference will have more than 450 attendees.

.eu connects with international hosting industry at WorldHostingDays Global 2013

EURid, the .eu registry, will attend WorldHostingDays ( from 19 – 21 March in Rust, Germany, to raise awareness of .eu and liaise with .eu registrars and other industry professionals.

WorldHostingDays ( is the most important annual gathering of the international hosting industry. This year organisers expect more than 4 000 visitors from all over the world.

External Relations Manager Giovanni Seppia will give a presentation on 20 March during the TLD panel discussion organised by DENIC, the registry for .de. On 21 March, Technical manager, Peter Janssen, will speak about the latest developments in .eu’s YADIFA name server implementation. During the entire event, visitors will be able to learn more about the .eu top-level domain at the .eu booth (stand E04). On Wednesday, 20 March, iPad magician Andreas Axmann will be at the booth to entertain visitors.

With a total of 1 135 441 registered .eu domain names, Germany leads the top 10 countries with most .eu domain name registrations. .eu registrations in Germany grew by 7.3% between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012.

Event Details

Location: Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
Date: 19-21 March 2013
.eu exhibition stand: E04
iPad magician Andreas Axmann will perform on 20 March, at 11:00-12:30 and 14:30-16:00.


TLD panel discussion
Date: 20 March
Speaker: .eu External Relations Manager Giovanni Seppia
Room: Vasco Da Gama
Other speakers include representatives from, afnic, SIDN, Nominet and Denic

.eu Yadifa name server implementation
Date: 21 March
Speaker: .eu Technical Manager Peter Janssen
Room: Sanssouci

Giovanni Seppia will be available for interviews on 20 March. Peter Janssen will be available for interviews on 21 March after his presentation, until 16:00 CET. For more information, please contact

EURid will attend “eShow Barcelona” in Spain on 13-14 March 2013

EURid, the .eu registry, will attend eShow Barcelona in Spain on 13-14 March 2013 to promote .eu as a valuable online asset to more than 8 000 e-commerce professionals and to further raise the top-level domain’s visibility in the local market.

eShow is an annual international trade show which presents the latest developments in the e-commerce industry, including the online marketing, hosting and cloud, and social media sectors.

In addition to its exhibition (stand no. 54), EURid will attend ‘eCoffees’ – a unique opportunity to meet in small groups with online industry experts to debate the most current issues.

.eu registrations grew by 11.1% in Spain between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, a great achievement in the current global economic climate. In terms of total number of registrations, Spain is one of the top 10 countries in the European Union.

An important guest at this year’s eShow will be EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association ( On 14 March, EMOTA will host an international e-commerce forum in association with eShow Barcelona. The forum is a one-day conference where industry practitioners can share their ideas and insights on profitable cross-border trading and discuss the core issues that will define and shape Europe’s digital commerce agenda.

EURid’s Liaison Manager for Spain, Adriana León, will be available for interviews on both days of eShow. For more information, please contact