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DomainFest Dates Confirmed, Feb 5-8, 2013

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

With the TRAFFIC conference right around the corner, many domainers may be wondering if DomainFest is still going to occur.  Andrew at DNW heard from Oversee that the show was still going on and Moniker is already taking auction submission, but it sure would be nice to make travel arrangements soon.  Well here you go, DNN just received word tonight from and Oversee employee that the show dates are now confirmed as February 5-8, 2013

The event will be returning to the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica and as in past years the entire Fairmont Miramar has been reserved for conference attendees.

We were told that Oversee will be announcing  the “specifics on the conference agenda, online registration and discounted hotel room rates” in early October.

 

 

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May 1st, 2012 Comments off

Guest Post : The New Sweet Spot is The Old Sweet Spot

March 11th, 2011 Comments off

Much discussion has been made about the recent Aftermarket auction and the so dubbed “new sweet spot” that allowed for a high percentage of sales.

With a good deal of confidence, I can say this epiphany bewildered more than a few domainers – some of which have been feeding the ‘sweet spot’ for years.

For if we look back and try and locate the origins of the ‘sweet spot’, we need look no further than the Gold Coast of Australia.

In late 2008, DomainConsultant.com and Aftermarket put on an auction at TRAFFIC Down Under that is likely still champ in terms of sell-through-rate (STR) – a whopping 81% of the names in the catalog.

And the total offering was not fifty, it was 100 names with an average sale price of…$3,000. Names sold included iUS.com, Up.com.au, Camera.co.uk, Saws.com and SkiEurope.com – almost all in the ‘sweet spot.’

So part of the point is to say that the ‘sweet spot’ has been there for some time yet the other side says you still need a Voodoo.com or Contests.com to really make it profitable.

Because while hitting the sweet spot repeatedly produces high STR, auctioneers must also find a way to yield, minimum, at least $200,000 in sales to break-even.

Making a profit? Depends on expenses but usually somewhere between $250,000 to $300,000 in sales.

And that is the rub, for in some ways you need to focus on the big dollar sale or the sweet spot but not both given time and resources, market and objectives (high STR vs. high figure).

Thus we can magnify the risk involved: too many sweet spot sales and you don’t make enough yet go for the big dollar and miss – and you end up with nothing.

It’s a tricky dance, yes, but by no means is it a new one.

This post is a guest post by Mike Fiol of DomainConsultant and Boxcar.com

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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and DOMAINfest Extended Auctions Ending Tomorrow

February 3rd, 2010 Comments off
Make sure to get your bids in for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and DOMAINfest auctions ASAP, both end tomorrow! T.R.A.F.F.I.C. / Rick Latona auction brought in an estimated $456,000 in sales during the live auction. The extended auction ends tomorrow at 1pm EST. Top ten domain name sales so far: $65,000     Fly.co.za $50,000     GoFish.com $49,000     Dietfood.com $41,000     CatFood.com $35,000    [...]

3 Conferences In 11 Days – NEVER AGAIN!

February 1st, 2010 Comments off
Sorry for the lack of blog posts over the last 15 days. I have been away for 15 days, with 3 conferences within that time frame. You can’t imagine how hectic life can get in that short span of time.  Before I left I had no idea what it would be like trying to cram 3 [...]

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas – Day One

January 21st, 2010 Comments off
After a having a great time earlier this week at Affiliate Summit and a day off in between, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is here. One thing I do want to say is that I apologize for the photo quality. I did not travel with my better camera because of all the traveling itself. As you’ve heard I am [...]

Live Chat During Today’s Moniker Auction

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

DNN.com and DNW.com are combining forces to host  a live chat and video broadcast at 3:50 EST today.  Andrew Alleman and Adam Strong will be chatting live during the “pre-game” video chat and will be in the chat room throughout the auction.   Barring any technical issues, we’re also hoping to be joined by at least one other person, Chef Patrick, live from the auction floor.

DNN hosted a trial run of a chat yesterday during the Rick Latona TRAFFIC Auction that was fairly well received.  We hope to see you there. If you are at TRAFFIC and have a webcam, drop DNN an email at editor @ domainnamenews.com.  You can also watch the live auction at SnapNames.com

To login to the chat you will need the password : domains123 . Then create a username or sign-in with Twitter or Facebook. See you there.

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TRAFFIC Adds Night Pass

October 13th, 2009 Comments off

For all you late night partying domainers, there’s some good news coming from the TRAFFIC show. Rick Schwartz announced today that the TRAFFIC domain show in New York will be adding a new “Night Pass”.  The $995 pass allows attendees to be at the auctions, night parties and the trade show floor after 4pm.

“We know besides the 300+ people that will register for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in New York there will be lots of additional folks that will be in the city during TRAFFIC and would like to attend but are “Night Owls” and don’t want to go to the seminars and meals and still pay full pop to get in. So Mike Fiol suggested a new NIGHT TRAFFIC PASS. “

We’ve felt TRAFFIC was sorely lacking some sort of “ala carte” pass for a while now.  Many attendees come to the shows to have meetings with other attendees and don’t tend to sit in on the conferences, browse the show floor or  enjoy any meals.  There’s attendees who just want to watch the auction and there’s likely attendees who don’t want any of the late night partying either (though likely very few).  I think I’ve had 2 meals on-site at the last domain shows that I attended, yet my admission was paying for all that food.  I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a daily pass or one without meals as options, but this new idea is a step in the right direction.

Kudos to Rick for listening to feedback and making this available. I know quite a few people who fall in to this demographic, but they may have already bought their ticket.

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TRAFFIC Conference Taking Over Las Vegas – January 21-23, 2010

August 25th, 2009 Comments off

BOCA RATON, FL - The internet conference that formally launched the Domain Industry in 2004 will hold is first show of 2010 at Las Vegas, Nevada January 21 through 23. The Targeted Redirects And Financial Fulfillment Internet Conference, best known by its acronym T.R.A.F.F.I.C., will be hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The first show of 2010 provides a unique opportunity to gain insight from industry expe rts and network with the biggest and best names of the domain industry.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is known around the world as the domain conference that brought together domain investors at a unique venue that has resulted in hundreds-of-millions of dollars in business deals and domain sales, along with countless, incalculable transactions. The show essentially helped internet entrepreneurs unify as an industry, define their common goals, and make use of a powerfully-charged business environment to meet and network.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C.’s unique networking platform is based around breaking bread with other goal-oriented entrepreneurs. The show features as many as seven full meals, three cocktail parties, great seminars, big name speakers, and the best night-time parties. There have been many efforts to emulate T.R.A.F.F.I.C., but none with the proven results and overall=2 0business deals that the attendees of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. enjoy.

Among the show’s trademark events is the World’s Largest Live Domain Auction. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. was the first domain industry conference to host a live domain auction. The event also features the greatest number of auctions, and these auctions have resulted in some of the largest domain sales in industry history. Domain auctions at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. have grossed more than all other domain shows, combined.

Rick Latona and his company, Rick Latona Auctions, have joined with Rick Schwartz, Howard Neu, and other co-founders of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to be the exclusive auction company for every T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show held during 2010, both in the United States and around the globe. Rick Latona Auctions has also announced they will be running themed auctions during the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. shows, in addition to the World’s Largest Live Domain Auction.

Rick Latona Auctions was founded in 2008 as an extension to the marketing division of RickLatona.com. Premiere live and extended auctions have been held in New York City, Gold Coast, Phoenix, Silicon Valley, and Amsterdam. The live portion of these auctions is always staged with a in-house bidding crowd, and the auctions also feature streaming video feeds, permitting online bidders around the world to participate in domain name auctions.

Domain investors and developers who wish to attend the first show of 2010, in Las Vegas, are strongly encouraged to make plans now. Rick=0 ALatona Auctions is accepting submissions for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas as well as other upcoming auctions. The company is accepting only the highest-quality domain names. For domain name submissions to Rick Latona Auctions, please go online to www.ricklatona.com/auctions/submission-form, and for more information about Rick Latona Auctions, please visit www.RickLatona.com.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has hosted some of the best-known names of the domain industry and the broader financial sector, including economist and actor Ben Stein, domain investor John Reese, real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, and economist and publisher Steve Forbes.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C.’s influence around the world continues to grow, having held shows in the United States, Europe, and Australia. During 2010, the conference will again be held in Europe, and the coming year will feature the show hosted in Asia for the first time.

For information about T.R.A.F.F.I.C., and to see archives of previous shows, go online to www.targetedtraffic.com.

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