NamesCon — a recap for 2023

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Connecting with area consultants

NamesCon, one of many main in-person occasions for the area identify trade, returned to the Omni Lodge in Austin, Texas, on Could 31, 2023. The bumper crowd of greater than 1,250 individuals had loads of networking and studying alternatives over the course of 4 days of expertly crafted periods and social capabilities.

Whereas DN Journal’s Ron Jackson has expertly crafted a deep dive into NamesCon’s agenda, I’m sharing my highlights from my first time attending NamesCon as a part of the GoDaddy workforce. Use the hyperlinks beneath to leap between sections.

Meet the GoDaddy workforce

Image of a group of GoDaddy employees attending NamesCon 2023

GoDaddy was properly represented at NamesCon 2023, with a devoted workforce out there to interact with the area identify neighborhood. Above, you will note a photograph of a few of our workforce members on the GoDaddy sales space. A spotlight was the bustling hour from 2-3 pm on Thursday, June 1, after we hosted a well-liked pre-auction sales space celebration!

Speaker highlights

NamesCon’s speaker calendar supplied three days crammed with periods designed to offer perception and data for each new and skilled area identify buyers alike.

Mastering inbound inquiries

Alan Shiflett, Senior Director of Domains at GoDaddy was among the many notable audio system on the occasion.  Throughout his presentation, Alan shared precious insights gained from analyzing hundreds of thousands of area identify leads, specializing in methods to enhance your inbound sell-through charge.

As a result of reputation of the “Mastering Inbound Inquiries” session inside the neighborhood, we are going to share Alan’s insights by way of a sequence of weblog posts.

The way forward for domaining and navigating innovation

Moreover, Bob Mountain, GoDaddy’s VP of Enterprise Growth, gave an insightful presentation on the longer term challenges confronted by the area identify trade. Regardless of potential challenges arising within the type of world occasions and technological advances, Bob’s presentation solid an optimistic outlook, mentioning the area trade’s resilience and progress for the reason that Nineteen Nineties.

Fireplace chat with Jimmy Wales

Whereas most of my time was spent on the GoDaddy sales space connecting with area buyers and trade contributors, I did catch Area Identify Wire’s Andrew Allemann’s fireplace chat with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

The wide-ranging hour-long dialogue touched on many topics, from domains to Wikipedia’s checks of implementing AI into its platform.

Girls of the Net

One of many true successes of NamesCon 2023 was the Girls of the Net luncheon, a broadly attended occasion offering a networking alternative whereas celebrating and selling the various contributions that every attendee has made to the trade.

Carissa Haydon, GoDaddy’s director of business development presenting in front of a TV with GoDaddy's logo
Carissa Haydon (left), director of enterprise growth at GoDaddy, presenting throughout Girls of the Net at NamesCon 2023.

GoDaddy’s director of enterprise growth, Carissa Haydon, introduced a $250 Airbnb voucher to at least one fortunate winner through the occasion’s raffle.

Official pictures

Attendees of NamesCon could have seen the official photographer busily snapping away all through the occasion. It’s one thing that the organizers have supplied for the previous few years, offering a recorded reminiscence of the occasion for those who attended and those who want they did.

The ultimate set of pictures is now out there for everybody to view by way of NamesCon’s Flickr account, protecting three days of periods and networking occasions, in addition to the enjoyable day at Bangers, a BBQ venue only a stone’s throw from the Omni, which supplied the proper setting for one last get collectively.

We gave away an iPad Professional

Visiting GoDaddy’s sales space this 12 months provided the prospect to stroll away with greater than only a pair of fortunate GoDaddy socks. Over the course of the primary three days of NamesCon, occasion attendees might enter our contest to win an iPad Professional.

The giveaway occurred via a prize draw throughout Friday’s blissful hour occasion, with over 100 individuals standing by keen to listen to whether or not they had received.

James Iles presenting an iPad Pro and GoDaddy socks to winner William Liani.

In the end, the iPad Professional, together with a pair of fortunate GoDaddy socks, was received by William Liani, pictured above.

Thanks to everybody who took half in our giveaway. For those who didn’t win, we hope you helped your self to a number of the free GoDaddy swag.

NamesCon 2024

Throughout NamesCon 2023, it was introduced that the occasion would return to Austin between June 5 and June 8, 2024. Whereas no different particulars have been launched as of publishing, GoDaddy seems ahead to attending NamesCon 2024 to attach with new and present prospects alike.

In fact, we’ll be bringing a brand new vary of fortunate socks with us as soon as extra.

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