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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. offthehandle

    offthehandle . Gold Account VIP

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    When I’ve gone, they all used to be free, AVN was in one small room at Sahara way before it turned into a lookie loo zoo with general public collecting autographs. CES why not write to get a vendors pass?

    Ceases to amaze me some of you are not more creative in finding customers. Why waste your time talking to domain competitors and wholesale business when you could find real end users?

    NAB imo is a much better investment for anybody into selling to real corporations and making money online, media is all over and would be better off attending that show than a domain conference, at least a ton of end users are there. Ton’s of video production, 100’s of media buyers, etc.

    Its like what Comdex was in size in the early days. And you can stay out in Henderson to save $$$.

    https://www.nabshow.com/
     
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  2. Page Howe

    Page Howe Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    i think im getting more out of meetups and camps....with Namescon i just feel i dont know it anymore, or have a personal connection.

    its Godaddy's but they cant really advertise that out of fear, so then theres really no "soul" of namescon

    i do like sundays when you get to see everyone. have found it less easy to stay 3 days lately.. wish they would innovate at some level, less content hasnt helped me

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  3. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TLDInvestors.com TheDomains Staff PRO Gold Account VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    There are nowhere close to 1million Namepros members that are real and in the domain business, a lot of duped accounts, banned accounts and a whole lot more. Many Namepros members make nowhere near enough money in domaining and the travel alone from certain parts of the world would be way too expensive.
     
  4. Silentptnr

    Silentptnr Hey From L.A. VIP

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    Namescon needs to add more real value.

    Maybe offer free portfolio reviews (first come first serve), or possibly create an online catalog of attendee submitted domains for sale, so as to be more inclusive to those they reject, but still want to attend.

    The education aspect is good, but Namescon might consider helping people sell names. Help people understand GD auctions, Sedo, Afternic, Namejet and so on. Imagine if you could bring your list and have the people at Sedo get you up and running. Real world domain investor stuff.

    Namepros provides an unparalleled resource for everything domains...and it's free.

    I have enjoyed the event in the past, and I don't mind paying...if the value is there.
     
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  5. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    Precisely. Beyond the connections I did not see anything on the namescon agenda worth paying for... and those speakers are generally free as they are promoting themselves. The only speakers you pay are generally keynotes not related to industry.

    Namecon can be an insanely great event... if it was not trying to cater to the top 1%
     
  6. Page Howe

    Page Howe Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    i think on the pros side is seeing everyone.. but then like facebook, if your the product... its a gift to the organizer

    the new team seems a bit elitist for me, a little above everyone else, they know the sponsors will pay... so they sell the attendees to the sponsors, and the content, or lack thereof to the attendees, an auction isnt content, a fundraiser isnt content,
    and booths usually have a exhibit hall pass of about $0....

    and with the geographical move, its definately running on borrowed time with the old crowd, hope the new crowd pays, u guess it does.

    somewhere along the way they misjudged a shrinking business..

    but hey i could be wrong.

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  7. Page Howe

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    ive got some ideas of what would work.. maybe il put a few in play in 2019.
     
  8. Page Howe

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  9. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    What don't you understand about that? =) Perfect Latin to me.

    IT says... "We're better than you and we know it."
     
  10. Page Howe

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    so i spent some more time on the agenda, seems like its changing daily, quick tip, i couldnt tell til yesterday that there are two session halls, i guess thats why my first looked seem o show a pretty thin conferecne.

    without any color distinction, i missed clicking on the second room , more domaining type stuff there..

    Cyger, Godaddy, Brokers, ICA pretty good lineup - just saw today

    maybe agenda is still coming together..
     
  11. Page Howe

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    i guess part of the Namescon luster is off because you get the idea that the only way to make money in this business is to use the sponsors products and services.... where i think you have to have a plan, some skills, luck, so id like to see more equipping seminars...again the second room looks better for this purpose.

    plus some innovation, somewhere.. and i dont count the new tlds as innovation.

    id be interested to hear what others think...
     
  12. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    Personally I am wondering what is going to be taught there... that cannot be picked up for free from the generosity and learning experiences openly shared on this community?
     
  13. Grilled

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    Not sure if this is still an option, but NamesCon used to offer volunteers free tickets. Sorta like festivals do, so people who don't have much money can still attend in exchange for helping out. This not only helps the festival, but it adds more passionate and diverse attendee's to the mix.

    https://namescon.com/news/namescon-now-accepting-volunteer-applications/

    I did this in 2016.

    My friend and I were the only "volunteers" who did this for a free ticket. It did cost us airfare and hotel. But Vegas is nice for cheap travel so this wasn't too expensive.

    I believe most of the other staff were non domainers hired on by local staffing agencies or gig work. I definitely think it would be a better experience for all if more domainers were involved.

    It'll cost me $70 round trip airfare to make it this year. I (not being a person of means) don't think its worth it to pay $199 or w/e it was/is to attend the event. But depending on your travel costs, being in Vegas this time of the year, might be worth the trip for the domainer meetups. It's nice to put a face to the name behind a NP profile. And hard to put a price behind meeting / making a new friend.
     
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  14. Grilled

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    I think it's more about the physicality of the event, than the content.

    I can message somebody about domains for hours on namePros. But the connection made in that experience is generally miniscule compared if this were done face to face. Then factor in just hanging out with other like minded folk, doing Vegas things. E.g. making memories, meeting new faces, making connections, possibly closing deals, but mainly expanding your mind beyond the reach of the interwebs. Though, the real fun is messaging your NP friends who are in Vegas the same time as you for a meet up.

    Yes, this can all be done online. But it's missing the human connection.
     
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  15. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    Absolutely, do agree with the connections and not denying that... but it seems you can do that by going to Vegas... and hanging out at events, and not actually buying tickets and going to the conference.
     
  17. hawkeye

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    BINGO!! The networking, meeting and making of new contacts friends, in this industry, is so worth being there!
     
  18. Grilled

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    You can.

    I think of it like this. A lot of my friends are flying out to Vegas for the big game.

    Tickets to the big game are (for some) way more expensive than airfare and hotel combined. The game itself is only three hours long, but my friends will be there for two whole days.

    While my friends might be able to afford tickets with ease, (some even making it a profitable business expense) the only chance of me going is if somebody has an extra ticket. And really, if I don't get to go to the game, but I get to hang out with my friends before / after, than that's all I (living within my means) can ask for.

    It beats watching the game at home. Or worse, overpaying for something I couldn't afford, and being in debt (or in an undesirable financial position) because of it.
     
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  19. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    the big game?
     
  20. Grilled

    Grilled Top Member VIP

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    Just using that as an analogy.

    For instance, SuperBowl tickets sell for on average $2,500

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    But the game only lasts a few hours. And generally there is a week (if not weekend) worth of entertainment and events planned in the hosting city. You can have a lot of fun just being near the stadium during these events, and you don't have to spend $,$$$.

    In a way, besides the argument of a recreational expense VS a business expense, this applies to NamesCon. Sure, if you can afford it, and will / can be in the area. Why not go? But just because you can't afford tickets, it doesn't mean you should avoid the event / area in entirety.

     
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  21. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    Completely missed that superbowl weekend is then, duh.
     
  22. hawkeye

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    You missed his analogy too.
     
  23. maksimfa

    maksimfa Top Member VIP Trusted Contest Holder

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    HAHA. yep...this is what I get for being 5AM after a birthday party out. lol. I should go get some sleep, instead bought domains.
     
  24. platey

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  25. AGAME

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    I wish these things were on the east coast sometimes. I speak for myself but probably not alone in saying that I cant take days off my job that pays the heat and food but would certainly go if these things were closer and over the weekends only, maybe even more frequently like quarterly. Also, the idea of travelling in the dead of winter doesnt appeal to me but thats my opinion about it.
     

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