When NamesCon was announced for the late January timeframe they took the time slot that DomainFest had used for the past few years. DomainSponsor had not announced anything for 2014, after changing the name of their conference to “WebFest Global” in 2013. DomainFest returns to Hollywood March 31st – April 2nd this year, and the early bird price of $695 expires on February 14th. After that you will pay $995 (or $1495 at the door).
DomainFest is now the mid-priced domain conference. It is more expensive than NamesCon – but cheaper than TRAFFIC. Unlike NamesCon – it appears that they will serve food! This undoubtedly accounts for some of the extra expense. Their “very special headlining event” is still “coming soon” as I write this. Last year at WebfestGlobal the speaker was Kim Kardashian.
While DomainFest is sponsored by a single domain monetization company, they have treated other companies fairly at their conferences and invited others to participate on a basically level playing field. I can’t help but wonder if their late announcement and date change will hurt attendance. Almost 600 people attended NamesCon. While this number is small by many standards – Affiliate Summit down the street had 10 times as many attendees – it is probably the largest turnout for a domain conference in 2014.
If you are in the mood for a domain conference next month you can save $300 by signing up by Valentine’s Day.