While Traffic in Las Vegas may be the first major event of the year, Domainfest may be the biggest. From what I am hearing, over 1000 people are expected at the show. I was at Domainfest last year and will be speaking once again. To me it was the best show of 2009. I highly recommend being there. Please stop by and say hello.
Here is the full lineup:
FULL DOMAINFEST GLOBAL 2010 AGENDA SET, INCLUDING INNOVATIVE STRUCTURED NETWORKING SESSIONS
–Attendee feedback leads to new start times for networking; Domain industry experts and attendees exchange ideas on key industry issues–
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net® and organizer of the DOMAINfest Global® conference, has announced a new format for its structured networking sessions as part of this year’s event which takes place January 26-28, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. Structured networking sessions have been scheduled each morning between 9:00am-10:30am to provide attendees with more flexibility and choice. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to ask subject matter experts and fellow DOMAINfest attendees for advice and opinions on important industry issues.
Structured networking sessions include:
Wednesday, January 27
Domain Names and Legal Issues
Legal experts will share their thoughts and answer questions on the latest legal developments involving domain names, including how to avoid trademark infringement claims. Moderated by Todd Greene (Oversee.net), other experts include Steve Atlee (Winston & Strawn LLP), John Berryhill, Ph.D., Will Delgado (Willenken Wilson Loh & Lieb LLP) and Paul Keating (Renova Ltd.).
Buying and Selling Domain Names
Successful industry professionals will discuss various domain buying and selling strategies and tactics. Attendees will learn about the qualitative and quantitative factors to consider and how to estimate a domain’s value. The panel is moderated by Craig Snyder (Oversee.net) and includes Michael Berkens (Worldwide Media, Inc.), Monte Cahn (Moniker.com), Larry Fischer (DirectNavigation.com), Ari Goldberger (ESQwire.com), Kathy Nielson (Sedo) and Alan Hack.
Thursday, January 28
SEO/SEM and Domain Names
SEO, SEM, static content, user-generated content, leveraging social networks… the list of what to include in website development and growth plans is long and sometimes conflicting. Ryan Berryman (Oversee.net) moderates a group including Bruce Clay (Bruce Clay, Inc.), Dan Ho (AdKnowledge), Richard Jalchandra (Technorati Media), Bruce Marler (Localtek, LLC), Reed Shelly (Oversee.net), Melodie Tao (a Marketing Coach and Social Media Strategist) and Dorian Quispe (Oversee.net).
Website Development Tips
Join domain development experts to discuss build-out strategies, monetization options, and how to prioritize usage of resources. Attendees will walk away with tips, advice, and best practices to help ensure the success of domain build-out projects. The moderator will be Ron Sheridan (Oversee.net), and experts include Michael and David Castello (Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc.), Brian Gilbert (Thomason Management, Inc.), Rick Waters (Webcast 1, Inc.) and Howard Wyner (Scentiments.com).
New End-User Markets for Domain Names
Which TLDs are best positioned to reach new end-user markets? An international group of experts will offer opinions and predictions that could help shape future domain investment and/or build-out strategies and priorities. Moderated by Joerg Schnermann (Oversee.net), experts include Edmon Chung (DotAsia Organisation), Gregg McNair (PPX International Limited), Lori Anne Wardi (.CO Internet S.A.S.) and Nico Zeifang (Zeifang.com GmbH).
DOMAINfest General Session Panels
DOMAINfest’s General Session Panels will once again be held in a fireside chat format to facilitate a more engaging dialog. The topics were formulated to address the most timely and important domain industry issues. At the end of each panel, the audience will have a chance to ask questions. This year’s lineup includes:
Tuesday, January 26
New gTLDs: Bonanza or Bust?
This session will discuss the market potential of new global top-level domains like .younameit. Will they provide powerful online-marketing and branding opportunities? Panelists will offer perspectives on how to prepare for the coming of the new gTLDs. Mason Cole moderates a panel including include Ken Hansen, John Nevett, and Kurt Pritz.
Wednesday, January 27
Turning Killer Domain Names Into Killer Websites
Expert panelists present examples of developed websites that lead their niches in attracting traffic and generating revenue. They will decode the key elements that make these websites great, providing numerous tips and tactics for attendee website projects. Moderated by Ron Sheridan, panelists will include Brian Gilbert, Rory Holland, Rick Waters, and Howard Wyner.
Domain Names: How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success
Domain names are often overlooked – but absolutely essential – when it comes to attracting both organic and paid-search traffic. This panel of specialists will share real-life examples of how the right domain names – the right Internet real estate – can make a big difference in SEO and SEM results. The moderator is Ryan Berryman. Panelists include Bruce Clay, Dan Ho, Richard Jalchandra, Danny Sullivan, and Melodie Tao.
PITCHfest and LAUNCHfest Contest Sessions
The presentations of PITCHfest contest finalists will introduce attendees to new, innovative products or services designed to enhance traffic and revenue at parked or developed domain names. Judges for the contest include Frank Schilling, Adam Rioux, and Ron Sheridan. The LAUNCHfest contest will reward the most innovative and viable plan for building an online business around one of ten undeveloped, premium domain names made available by Oversee.net. Judges include David Liu, Douglas McPherson, and Richard Morganstern.
CONTESTS BEGIN AT 12:00:00 PM (NOON) (PT) ON 11/20/09. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 AM (PT) ON 1/15/09. See official rules available at www.domainfest.com/launchfest and www.domainfest.com/pitchfest for entry instructions and prize details and terms. Contests open to individual legal residents of the United States who are the age of majority or older in their respective states of residence as of 11/20/09. Additional terms and restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local rules and regulations apply.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, is one of the most respected and successful business innovators in the new economy. As DOMAINfest’s keynote speaker, Tony will share his unique perspective on what it takes to be successful in life and in business.
Moniker will be hosting three auctions, including a Low & No Reserve Live Domain Auction on Tuesday, January 26 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. PST, a Premium Live Domain Auction on Thursday, January 28 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST, and an Extended Online Premium Auction from Thursday, January 28 through Thursday, February 4. The two live auctions offer real-time online viewing and bidding from anywhere in the world via free software that can be downloaded. To view the list of names included in these Moniker Auctions, and for details on how to bid remotely, please visit: http://domainfest.com/auction.
The Getty Center will be the venue for the DOMAINfest Networking Dinner Party scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Guests will have exclusive access to the West Pavilion and its collection of important works of art, as well as to the Special Exhibition Pavilion.
Fundraising Party at the Playboy Mansion
DomainSponsor® will be hosting its second annual fundraising event at the Playboy Mansion on January 28. This year’s proceeds will benefit Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue Foundation. The event will be hosted by Playboy Playmates Tiffany Selby and Kara Monaco. Guests will be able to purchase raffle tickets for great prizes. One of the prizes will be two VIP tickets to join Jenny McCarthy & Jim Carrey at their annual fundraising Gala benefiting Generation Rescue.
The list of sponsors at DOMAINfest Global 2010 will include a wide range of leading service providers. Companies sponsoring and/or exhibiting at DOMAINfest include CPX Interactive, .CO, Banks.com/InterSearch.com, .ME, Affinity, EuroDNS, Skenzo, DomainMonster.com, Neustar, Parked.com, WhyPark.com, Sedo, Bank of America, DomainersChoice.com, Elephant Traffic, NameJet, TrafficMedia, VeriSign, AdKnowledge, Text-Link-Ads, DotAsia, DomainManagement.net, Trellian/Above.com, Casale Media, .AT, theWHIR, DomainAdvertising/Skenzo, AdMarketplace and The Water School.
Registration, which includes all sessions, meals and official parties, is available for $1,195 per guest from through January 24. The on-site per guest fee is $1,295. To register, go to http://www.domainfest.com/register.
Founded and hosted by DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net, the DOMAINfest® conference brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business. Attendees include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO and SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. Visit http://www.domainfest.com to review the agenda and register for DOMAINfest Global 2010.
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