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Oversee.net’s DomainSponsor announces plans for 2014 conference.
DomainSponsor’s annual DomainFest conference is changing its branding back to DomainFest and has set its dates for 2014.
The nine year old conference changed its name last year to WebFest Global because the agenda had expanded beyond domain names into search, mobile, and web development. Although it appears this year’s event will also focus on these expanded topics, the company is reverting its branding back to DomainFest. I think this is a good move, as many in the industry still referred to the conference by this name.
The conference is also returning to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood. The event had shifted from Hollywood to Santa Monica for the past few years.
Earlybird pricing is $695 through February 14, and there will be day passes available for the first day of the conference.
It will be interesting to see how attendance is for the show. The conference typically takes place in late January or early February, and this year NamesCon filled that void. Also, DomainFest is being announced just two months in advance, which isn’t much notice.
TrafficMatch promotes domain name traffic to advertisers.
TrafficMatch pitches the company’s 300 million monthly visitors direct to advertisers – and a big part of that 300 million is domain name traffic.
Here’s how the TrafficMatch website explains it:
TrafficMatch is a leading provider of high value online traffic. With nearly 300 million visitors passing through our network every month, we offer one of the best opportunities to augment your online marketing mix. We are the pioneers of untapped traffic sources such as direct navigation and email traffic that yield engaged visitors at a lower price than established online media channels…
A trademark application the company just filed lists the goods and services for TrafficMatch as “Online marketing and advertising services; domain monetization services for monetizing web traffic visiting undeveloped domains”.
Although the site also has a section for publishers (e.g. domain owners) to submit an inquiry to monetize with TrafficMatch, DomainSponsor isn’t going anywhere. TrafficMatch is essentially a new brand to market alternative types of traffic and monetization.
Based on historical whois records, it looks like Oversee.net acquired the TrafficMatch.com domain name from eCorp. eCorp was founded by Chad Folkening, who also co-founded Domain Holdings – a competitor in the domain monetization space.
DOMAINfest gets a new name as it branches out from domains.
It was only a matter of time.
Oversee.net’s DOMAINfest has new name beginning with next year’s show: Webfest Global.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Although the conference is run by Oversee.net’s DomainSponsor division, the subject matter has shifted in recent years. It’s not all about domains any more; it’s about lead gen, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing, mobile and web development.
The name change may help attract a wider audience of web professionals. Still, I expect the conference to retain its domain name roots. It will continue to be a conference built upon domainers, at least in the near future.
In fact, this year’s agenda seems to break down between a day of domains, a day of search/optimization, and a day of mobile. This is an interesting approach and may lead to some people coming for the day that most interests them.
As I reported earlier, there will be a domain auction in conjunction with Moniker.
This year’s conference takes place February 5-7, 2013 in Santa Monica. Registration is now open for $1,095.
Dates finally set for big domain industry conference.
Oversee.net has set the dates for its annual DOMAINfest Global conference. Next year’s shindig will take place February 5-8.
The show will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The entire hotel will be reserved for DOMAINfest guests.
Moniker will be holding an auction in conjunction with the event.
DOMAINfest is typically the domain investing community’s largest event in terms of attendance. ICANN meetings are larger, but those include a lot more people from the policy making side of the internet.
It will be interesting to see how the conference changes this year now that Oversee.net’s only big domain name company is DomainSponsor. It sold Moniker and SnapNames earlier this year.
Long legal battle between Moniker founder and Oversee.net is over.
Moniker.com founder Monte Cahn has dismissed his lawsuit against Oversee.net regarding money he said he was owed under a bonus plan.
Cahn joined Oversee.net after Seevast sold Moniker to Oversee.net. Cahn left Oversee at the end of 2010. In May 2011 he filed a lawsuit against the company arguing he was due part of a $13 million bonus plan.
Having read many of the documents and examinations filed with the court, I can say this was a particularly unsettling legal battle for both parties. There was certainly ill-will between Cahn and some of Oversee.net’s former staff.
Yet a lot has changed since the lawsuit was filed. Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky left the company in August 2011, and Oversee.net sold Moniker earlier this year.
387 documents were filed since the case was initiated. There was already an initial trial on one issue, which the judge ruled in favor of Oversee.net.
Here’s the statement of dismissal:
VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE
Pursuant to a settlement agreement between the parties and Rule 41(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff Monte Cahn and Defendants Oversee.net, Jeffrey Kupietzky, and Lawrence Ng, through their respective undersigned counsel of record, hereby stipulate to the voluntary dismissal of this Action in its entirety against all defendants with prejudice. Each party shall bear its own attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.
Details of the settlement were not disclosed. I’ve reached out to both sides for comment.