DOMAINfest draws a large crowd.
DOMAINfest’s Power Networking day in New York City attracted more than 200 people for the all-day event.
The morning started with Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky delivering a strong talk on five myths of the domain name industry, which you can read here.
Next, Naresh Rekhi of comScore gave an overview of trends in internet usage that are applicable to domainers, especially as they choose which domains to build out. Rekhi was followed by a fireside chat with David Mason of AOL’s content platform.
Then there was a networking session where attendees networked with experts in four areas: local search, legal, affiliate marketing, and online advertising trends.
The auction was a bit slow on sales, but when added to the Tshirts.com sale the number will end up being respectable. It appears that a deal may be in the works on another one of the big dollar domains in the auction, so I hesitate to report an auction total yet. There were a lot of excellent but expensive domains, so I suspect there will be a lot of post-auction dealing with big buyers.
Tonight there will be a closing dinner and party at the hotel.
A few take-aways from this conference:
-Moniker has proven that its Power Networking days are a strong draw, with over 200 attendees for a one day conference.
-Taking place in a large city and with a low admission cost, the conference attracted a lot of first-time attendees. Many of them are web developers who are interested in domains. I also met a building contractor who has discovered the power of keyword domains.
-A lot of media came for the auction, including a cameraman for CNN.