How Will CES Impact Domaining in 2011?

The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES takes place every January in Las Vegas. This will be my sixth year at the show and I’m excited to see what will be announced this year. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started thinking about the impact that CES has on domain names.


Remember, along from being a Domaining geek I’m also a big tech geek and proud early adopter of just about any technology I can get my hands on. So for me CES has always been about the toys…however the last two years I’ve seen some interesting trends make their way to the Domaining world.

Starting two years ago it was clear that companies were going the way of the tablet. Tablet-related domains have seen some nice sales however it was really Apple that made this happen with the iPad. Still if you’ve been to CES over the years you knew that Tablets were hot about a year before Apple announced the iPad.

Last year CES was centered on one thing – 3D television. Domainers went nuts buying 3D-related domains in 2010 and I don’t expect the trend to slow-down anytime soon. If you were at CES last year and saw the excitement around 3D TV’s this could have encouraged you to invest in the 3D domain market. For me, I took my experience a step further last year. I saw companies announcing 3D TV’s but consumers across the board having a very underwhelming experience. I watched a few hundred people try on 3D glasses last year and I didn’t see the excitement or thrill that I would want to see on their faces to make me feel like this was the year for 3D.

Of course there’s no right or wrong here, just different interpretations of data. However this is exactly what CES provides – data that you really can’t get anywhere else. This show has a pulse and with over 100,000 attendees it is the largest tradeshow in North America.

So this year I’ll be looking-out for what the hottest trends will be this year and paying careful attention to consumer and media response. Nothing wrong with catching a trend early…but you want to make sure you pick the right trend!

If any of you are following the show and want me to pop-over and check-out a particular booth for you just comment below and I’d be happy to shoot a picture and find-out some information for you. If you are here in Vegas for the show then we need to grab a beer 🙂

Stay-tuned, much more to come!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Steve Randall January 5, 2011, 8:21 am

    How about checking out the notion ink adam tablet, great use of android for showcasing websites especially .tels

  • Forecaster January 5, 2011, 9:24 am

    See if you can find any booths with services/products on:


    2) CLOUD/CLOUD Computing

  • Kevin M January 5, 2011, 9:48 am

    Heading that way tomorrow, looking forward to checking out all the internet tv products. See you in LV Morgan, you buy!! 😉

  • James January 5, 2011, 10:11 am

    Sound like my perfect show Morgan! Surprisingly, this is the first I’ve heard about this show. Hope I can get over there next year.

  • garry January 5, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Have you seen anything about wearable cameras? Particularly those worn on the head or ears. Thanks.

  • Don January 5, 2011, 5:31 pm

    Your spot on. Tablet domain names are going to skyrocket. It’s almost a joke now netbooks and desktops will be like owning a old desoto. Or Yugo for you youngins.

    They say 50-60 million tablets by 2014. Oh yea tablet domain names will be worth millions of dollars and if you where smart enough to get any about a year ago your going to be a very wealthy lady or man in the near future. Good luck in trying to buy the best ones now. If you own tablet names do not sell them.

    When you every manufacter coming out with 5 or 6 tablets it is a no brainer this is the future.

  • Giles January 13, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Hi all

    I have been investing in 3D names for about 5 years and have quite a nice portfolio of names and I am always looking at future trends and try to predict what will be the next big thing?

    In regards to tablets, what sort of names do you think will be the big ones, besides the obvious… etc

    Thanks and good luck to you all for 2011

    • Morgan January 14, 2011, 9:20 am

      Thanks for sharing @Giles

      How much money have you made from the 3D domains over the last five years?

      So far I don’t know many people making money in the space.

  • Giles February 2, 2011, 9:40 pm


    I receive offers all the time on my names but I am not selling until the right offer comes along or the tech has become mainstream and is part of our everyday lives (cameras, phones, camcorders, TV’s, printing, advertising, gaming consoles etc etc)

    There are domainers making money but they are making small money because the technology is in its infancy….he tech has only just started, patience will be the key here


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