June 2010 Southern California Domainer Meet-Up Recap

This past Saturday we had our June Southern California Domainer Meet-Up and I’m excited to say it was one of our best ever! It was smaller than our last few meetings with an attendance of ten people however by changing the format a bit we were able to make this our most interactive meeting yet.

The Meet-Up was held at the Urth Caffe in Downtown Los Angeles and they were nice enough to let us use their conference room free of charge for the Meet-Up! The room was the perfect size allowing all of us to sit around one table and have a group discussion. Normally at our meetings people break-out into groups of 3-4 after we’ve completed the structured section in the beginning. In this Meet-Up the group all talked together, sharing ideas and asking questions.

Michael Castello has been a big supporter of the group since the beginning and provided some great insight and a lot of inspiration to the group. It was Michael’s idea to bring the group together as one and start a discussion that included everyone and I can honestly say this changed the dynamic of the Meet-Up in an incredible way!

Everyone in the group felt very comfortable asking questions and sharing their own ideas. It was great to have the whole group working together and I know that I learned a lot from questions that other people asked! Our topics spanned from building online brands and the importance of creating user interaction on a site all the way to hosting and ccTLDs. Michael was able to use Nashville.com and some of the latest improvements they’ve made to the site as examples for the group. Hearing Michael’s thinking on how to build online brands is an incredible experience and just shows what a great opportunity groups like ours create!

At the Meet-Up we also announced our first three committees! Anyone that is part of the group is welcome to join one, two, or all three committees. The idea is simple – every Meet-Up a member of each committee will give a short presentation (5-10 minutes) at the beginning highlighting some of the latest and greatest developments within their subject-area. The committees were picked by the members of our group through an online voting system that was made available for a month before the Meet-Up. The three committees that were picked are:

  1. Domain Development and Monetization
  2. Selling Domains
  3. Affiliate Marketing and Lead Generation

We will be sending-around sign-up information shortly to group members so they can specify which committees they would like to be a part of.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Meet-Up, it was a great one and with the phenomenal discussion for the second-half of the Meet-Up I can see our future meetings improving dramatically. I’d like to give a special thanks to Michael for being so involved and supportive of the group – it means a lot to have you there! Stay-tuned as we’ll be announcing the date and location of our July Meet-Up shortly!

If you would like to join the group you can do so at www.MeetUp.com/Domaining

If you are a Domainer in California that would like to connect with other Domainers you can also join CADomaining.com

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Jonathan Castello June 29, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Fun random thought: We took a group shot in front of a mosaic, and Mosaic was one of the first Web browsers!

    • Morgan June 29, 2010, 4:03 pm

      @Jonathan – that is a good observation! I can still remember when it was just NCSA Mosaic and Netscape. If anyone told me those two browsers wouldn’t be around any more back then I never would have believed them!!

  • John Marks September 3, 2010, 12:07 pm

    We here in Vancouver, Canada have a regular .tel domainers meetup.
    It’s on the second Friday of the month and about 20-30 people attend it and about half of these people are regulars and about half are new to .tel business

    • Morgan September 3, 2010, 2:11 pm

      @John – very interesting – I’d love to learn more! Are people actively buying and selling .tel names? I’d love to come-up to Vancouver for one of your meetings!!

  • John Marks September 5, 2010, 10:32 am

    Here is the link for you Morgan : http://www.meetup.com/dotTel/
    .tel is not actively selling domain. A lot of people registered .tel domains hoping to sell it for a huge profit and not understanding the concept behind it.
    You can not build a regular website with it, however you can build an information site very quickly and for almost nothing.
    You don’t have to know a thing about programming, you don’t have to pay for hosting and you can have your presence on the internet within minutes of registering your domain.
    More people realise it and start to develop .tel sites
    Here are two good examples of .tel sites
    In my opinion very good sites where you can find information about the topics
    that may interest you. One is about Vancouver and the other about ferries in Europe. Straight to the point , simple and easy

    • Morgan September 5, 2010, 5:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing @John! I own a few .TELs myself and wrote a couple of posts about .TEL when it first launched. Interesting to see how you are using it – I also like .TEL but see it much more as the future of how we’ll access contacts on a telephone.

  • John Marks September 5, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Here is a nice comment from one of the blogs about .tel

    As you know,it is difficult to turn a slow moving ship.
    Many large companies are staffed by people who have legacies, jobs and backsides to protect. Decisions made in the past need to be supported and leading-edge disruptive technologies may not be conducive to doing so. It takes brave leaders to introduce new ideas that may buck the trends that past decisions were predicated on. In short, don’t expect multinational conglomerates to sidle up and get cozy with .tel before the obligatory committees, research polls and focus groups are exhausted. And that my friend takes time.

    To be sure, we need to continue to make those introductions and inroads and demonstrate the benefits of .tel especially when, as you point out, it works in concert to support current marketing, sales and promotional efforts. Here in Toronto we’ve adopted a marketing plan targeted to specific large organizations, in this case the exclusive distributors of beer, wine and spirits in the Province of Ontario. Each of these distributors has hundreds of retail outlets throughout the province and finding store locations and phone numbers from their main websites is time-consuming and frustrating.

    We picked up their respective trademarked brands (on recent drops) with the explicit intent to populate the .tels with basic contact information – store locations, maps, phone numbers and hours of operation and to present it to them as a gift for them to use as they see fit. Obviously we hope that they take up the offer and use and promote the .tels.

    The companies are The Beer Store and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)

    As of the time of writing this post, each of the respective companies have been contacted, they have seen the .tels that we created and were intrigued enough to agree to discuss the potential with senior management teams. If it works, it will have been well worth the $20 for the domain, the time populating it with content and making the approach. At the very least, we’re happy that we secured their trademarked domains and returned them to their rightful owners.

  • John Marks December 10, 2010, 5:09 pm

    This morning we had our Vancouver .TEL domainers meetup.
    Over 30 people attended and about half of them were new people who are interested
    in developing .TEL domains.
    These meetings look better every month


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