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NamesCon – Lower Your Ticket Prices Please

Located in Local Events and Meetups started by Vito, Jan 4, 2019.

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  1. Vito

    Vito Domain Names Matter Gold Account VIP Trusted Contest Holder ★★★★★★★★★★

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    “Are you going to NamesCon?”

    That is the question now. Who is going? Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Is this the place to be? Well to tell you the truth, It is not a "for sure" anymore.

    The question of who is going to NamesCon is really a big deal. With ticket prices being so high now, many people are unsure if they will attend. Do a lot of people want to pay the higher prices for tickets to attend NamesCon this year? No. Many are still on the fence and most likely will not attend. I believe the prices are being raised based on the past years successes at NamesCon.

    Read more here...
    http://domainnamesmatter.com/2019/01/namescon-lower-your-ticket-prices-please/
     
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  2. hawkeye

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    NamesCon tiks started as low as $199 last Feb. and were as low as $249 with BlackFriday/CyberMonday discount this past Nov. If you or anyone else waited til 3 weeks prior to get a tik and are complaining on last minute pricing, you had ample opportunity to do so, you’re better off not going. You have no one to blame but your cheap undeciding self. Geez what a whiner!!
     
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  3. Vito

    Vito Domain Names Matter Gold Account VIP Trusted Contest Holder ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Yes, I said it was at least 50% my fault. I guess it was all my fault for waiting so long. I was waiting til last minute because I thought there would be a better deal though. I have been looking for past month or so for best pricing and it has been at best, $575.

    It is $700 and $900 today and even if it went back to the $575 it seems too high for 1 ticket imho.

    I honestly think many more people would attend this year if prices were lower though. I have talked to a few domainers that have felt the same way. I would want more people there if it were my event. At this point I think the price point is too high now to bring more last minute people and their money to the conference.

    I think if you want that to change, the only way is to add more value to the conference, or lower ticket prices.
     
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  4. hawkeye

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    WRONG it's not 50% your fault, it's 100% your fault. NO conference lowers their prices the last 3 weeks prior just to accommodate the cheap on-the-fencers who can't make up their minds. They have expenses to cover. You state you've been to NC before, so you know this is the way it has 'always' been. So again, it's your fault for waiting so long and 'hoping' they will accommodate you and your laziness, and NOT on Namescon!!
     
  5. MrAcidic

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    I have done events in the past and the earlier you book the cheaper it is "early bird" discount.

    You do not lower closer to the event as it cheapens the offering.....
     
  6. bmugford

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    I don't personally see the value of spending thousands on a ticket and travel expenses.
    I would rather invest in high quality domains instead.

    Brad
     
  7. hawkeye

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    Brad, I would think with the constant flow of names you sell, practically weekly (y), I'd think you'd go just for the write-offs.
     
  8. maksimfa

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    As a conference organizer... (not for namecom)... I see this nothing more than a money grab.

    Your goal as an organizer is to get the advertisers and exhibitors to cover ALL of the costs. The ticket sales are just profit.

    High ticket prices is just a bad job by organizers to get enough sponsors.
    As a sponsor... a low turnout means you are going to think twice about attending the following year.

    It's a catch 22.... and this is why as an organizer you want to give away as many tickets and get as many people to show up... because otherwise the advertisers won't show up if it is just 100 people.
     
  9. MrAcidic

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    You offer the cheaper price early which gets the numbers/traffic up which then makes the job easier to get the sponsors/exhibitors on board at a higher price as you have not only got the numbers from past events but also a projection for the upcoming one....which is what they paying are the money for.

    You can't always rely on repeat business and you can not just keep dropping the entry fee otherwise the year after - guess what, every prat is going to wait until the last minute and eat into your profit margin

    EDIT: not calling the OP a prat here by the way!
     
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  10. maksimfa

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    Btw... this late into the game, and only Namecon would know the registration stats... the right strategy is to give away as many tickets as you can to fill the doors. The incremental cost is $0 (unless they provide food which I doubt).

    You want thousands of people there because it will be a great win for Sponsors and the following year they would be just as happy to participate and buy a booth, even if it means more money.

    Look at some other big shows in Vegas... CES is $100 to $300 for tickets.
    Shot Show is generally $40 for dealers to get in, media gets in for free.
    AVN/Porn Awards - $80 or so per day.

    And generally, those 3 have more to do and offer. lol.
    Comicon is also cheap.
     
  11. hawkeye

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    @maksimfa Ok please show us which conferences (worth going to) that give away 'many tickets' before or lower their prices 2-3 weeks prior to showtime. (Besides the desperate ones that couldn't get any tickets sold.) Try to get a lower the price ticket for a CES show 2-3 weeks prior.
     
  12. hawkeye

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    This is for exhibits only. If you want to go to the seminars/speakers etc. it's a lot more.
     
  13. Internet.Domains

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    This we know. There were fewer than 1000 attendees during the last several conferences. There are over 1 million NamePros members. The gap between those two numbers should be narrowing, not growing.

    For that reason all suggestions, as the OP did, should be heavily contemplated.
     
  14. maksimfa

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    They would get A LOT more people if they had a constant or regular/normal ticket price...

    $50 advanced, $100 at the door.

    Go ahead and ask any vendor... do they want more people there or less? Do vendors even care how much ticket prices are? Nope...

    It is in the best interest of vendors and auctions.... to stuff the doors... and that means cheap ticket prices.

    Put it this way, I will be in Vegas during this time for the Shot Show and AVN.... would have stayed for Namecon and even bid on the auctions, but I refuse to pay $1,000 for a ticket... it's a joke. It is more expensive than just about 99% of high finance and economic summits I have attended.

    And advanced ticket sales don't guarantee people get in... past experience does (for vendors that is deciding whether they are going to attend.)

    Keep in mind, most vendors I have dealt with, they make their commitments a year ahead, more at times.

    Do you think exhibitors at the major conference think twice or care about advanced sales? NOPE... because they know the event is going to be packed from past history.
     
  15. hawkeye

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    Then NamePros should have their own conference. :xf.rolleyes:

    CES notes 100,000 attendees, and yet there's over a few maybe hundred million people/entities that use electronic devices etc. Maybe they should use that same logic with their conference prices too, eh? :xf.rolleyes:
     
  16. maksimfa

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    Sure... pretty much every camera show and business expo I have been to in NYC. Many of them will do it silently or less up front, such as through vendors, social media or emails.

    The problem for Namecon... they can't right now... why?

    Imagine... you are the guy who just paid $500 for tickets... and now the company is giving away free tickets. Someone is going to be claiming a refund.

    When ticket prices are $500... it merely means the company is happy to take money and has no interest in getting maximum attendance. All of the vendors might have covered the conference fees and this is now a way to make money... Generally though, when attendance declines... it will drive some sponsors away.

    Going forward, if Namecon REALLY cares about the community, make tickets accessible, $20 to $40... watch how quickly they sell out.
     
  17. maksimfa

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    CES however is generally geared to industry and if everyone who wanted to attend could... they would not be able to accommodate them.
     
  18. maksimfa

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    They should!
     
  19. Internet.Domains

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    Yes, NamePros should have their own conference. It would be awesome!

    CES doesn't have empty chairs, so there can be lots learned from them, since you mentioned it.
     
  20. Vito

    Vito Domain Names Matter Gold Account VIP Trusted Contest Holder ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Sure tickets go up before any event - Just a little bit.
    Going from $200 to $700 for a standard ticket or VIP from $250 - $900 is insane.

    I worked at the largest Conference in all of North America this past year - IMTS
    Tickets were $35 and went up to $45 for last minute deciders.
    That $10 last minute extra fee did not change anyone's plans at all.
     
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  21. Soofi

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    You are being just too harsh on someone whose sharing their opinion about an event.

    As an event organizer myself, I'll welcome negative/positive feedback and see what best can be done to accommodate each and every customer.
     
  22. MrAcidic

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    I moved away from events because most vendor and attendee feedback is that they are not getting good value for money. Round table discussions are much better.....

    I was not advocating high tickets prices, a ridiculous drop in price the nearer to the event looks desperate

    Advanced ticket sales DO help in getting people in (never said guarantee), if that person can not attend the company they work for will simply send someone else at that early discounted price that they grabbed....
     
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  24. hawkeye

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    Whatever people. I got my tiks for my 6th NC show, never paying over 299. (Which is way cheaper then the DomainFests and TargetedTraffic conferences of before.) So you can all debate what and how others should run their conferences as you see they should, and I'll be letting @JoeStyler buy me drinks in a couple weeks.
     
  25. D Haynes

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    I have to admit I think the tickets are over-priced even at $200 - $300.

    Part of the purpose of a convention is to advertise the industry and attract new participants. The price tag is going to do the exact opposite.

    Another purpose is to teach and inform people who are already in the industry but unless you're already successful you're probably not going to be able to afford to go.

    It gives the impression of an old gentlemans club where only the select few that can afford it can go.
     

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