Survey asks domainers to pick the best domain conference.
TRAFFIC, Domain Roundtable, DomainFEST, GeoDomain…which is best? That’s just one of the new questions on this year’s Domain Name Wire survey. (If you haven’t participated yet, click here.)
Here’s a quick run down of the various domain conferences:
TRAFFIC – It’s actually spelled T.R.A.F.F.I.C., but that’s one pain to type out. Seriously though, TRAFFIC can be credited with kicking off a wave of competing domain conferences. For the first time, TRAFFIC brought together people who chatted for hours on message boards and brought them face-to-face in a “real world” setting. The latest conference just concluded in Las Vegas; the next one will be in Orlando May 20-24.
Domain Roundtable – This conference is run by Name Intelligence, the company behind DomainTools. It’s first conference created somewhat of a tiff within the industry, as TRAFFIC scheduled a competing conference during the same time. Domain Roundtable used to attract a diverse crowd that wasn’t just domainers: lots of government officials, ICANN, etc. Vint Cerf even presented. Last year’s conference was more of a domainer-only crowd. The next conference will be in San Francisco April 18-21.
DOMAINFest – Somehow Oversee.net manages to pull this off. The company deserves credit for creating a conference and inviting its competitors to sponsor and present alongside it. The last conference in Hollywood, California attracted about 700 people, which may just be a record for a domain name event. It’s much cheaper to attend than competiting conferences and DomainSponsor customers get rebates. Conferences are held in the U.S. and Europe.
GeoDomain – The GeoDomain conference is organized by Associated Cities, an organization that brings together owners of geographic domains (e.g., atlanta.com, atlantahomes.com). This attracts a very different crowd than the typical domainer. The latest conference was in San Francisco this past November.