Following the success of their Ft. Lauderdale event in May, DomainFest is hosting the second of its mini-conferences in New York City on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The event, which is sponsored by DomainSponsor and Moniker & Snapnames, includes networking lunches with representatives from those companies, as well as Oversee.net, panels on local search trends and affiliate marketing, and a Moniker Live Premium Domain Auction.
Coming on the heels of the Affiliate Summer Conference in NYC on August 15-17, attendance is supposed to be good, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the well-known New York domainers aren’t in attendance (after all, they see each other all the time, so it’s a little silly to register for something you can do for free), but for many others, this is a good opportunity to put some names to faces and get a sense of what it’s like to attend one of these conferences, at least one that’s not as overwhelming as T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
I have to admit, I’m curious. New York is only a few hours away, and I happen to be off work that day. It’s the day after a major concert for me, so technically, I could easily go to NY for the day (and luckily I always stay at the same place on Lexington, which is much cheaper than the Grand Hyatt), except there’s a possibility that I might have family in town. If that’s the case, I won’t be able to go to the conference, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for future networking events I might be able to attend.
Then there is the issue of whether I’d fit in at all, because a lot of people will already know each other, and although I don’t have a problem going up and introducing myself, it won’t be much fun to feel like an outsider. I’ve read reports that these conferences tend to be big “boys clubs” (literally), because well, 95% of domainers are men. Several domain conferences on the West Coast have involved social outings to venues like the Playboy Mansion, which I’m sure is an unforgettable “experience,” but one which is not exactly conducive to establishing a professional image, or encouraging women to sign up. I have a feeling the NY event on August 18th will have a much different vibe, and for someone new to the industry, it sounds like a good way to test the waters and meet some industry leaders without getting completely overwhelmed.
Have you attended similar events before? Is it worth it?
Link: DomainFest | New York