Reflections on TRAFFIC Vancouver 2010

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m back in LA after a week in Vancouver at TRAFFIC. My mind is still racing from the excitement of the show so I thought what better to do than share my thoughts with all of you!

First I have to say that TRAFFIC Vancouver was a HUGE success and could not have been without the incredible efforts of Rick, Jodi, Jeremy, Eddy and the rest of the team. Everyone was working around the clock to make sure things ran smoothly and people had the maximum number of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other.

The networking opportunities at TRAFFIC are incredible and this for me is what makes it all come-together. Yes – the panels are incredible, the live auction exciting, and the parties a blast – but it’s talking with other Domainers and connecting with people you may only know in the virtual world that really make these shows so special.

Let’s face it – we’re a different breed. Just think about it – how many of your friends from High School or College became Domainers? How many Domainers are there in your family?

Connecting with other inspired people that share a common interest is by far the best way to learn. It’s completely different from reading a blog post like this – it’s not only more interactive but there’s something about being there in person with someone that allows you to connect in ways that you just can’t online. We’re all buddies on Twitter, we comment on each other’s Facebook profiles, but it’s being there in person where the real magic happens.

This is what hit me today. There are so many great things about TRAFFIC – the panels, the auction, the parties…but at the end of the day it all comes down to one thing – being there in person with other Domainers, learning from each other, and sharing an experience. It may sound simple, and you may think – “well can’t I just do that over the phone?” The answer is “No,” there is no replacement for being together in person and sharing an experience. Whether it’s a wild night on the town or a conversation over lunch it takes being there, in person with so many other creative, inspired, and like-minded people to really understand how powerful a show like TRAFFIC is.

For me, each show I find myself becoming better friends with people I already know in the industry, and creating new friendships with people I’ve never met before. This industry is in its infancy – we are all the pioneers and together we are changing with world. The amazing thing about the Domaining community is that everyone wants to help-out everyone else, and being at a show like this not only exposes you to all the incredible people in the industry – it shows you just how much “blue sky” there is ahead of us.

So if you haven’t been to a TRAFFIC show before, break-down those barriers that are preventing you from going. Remember, the connections you make at the show don’t end with the show, in most cases the show is where they begin!

Next stop Dublin! Sign-up for TRAFFIC Dublin now!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • squeaky June 12, 2010, 4:57 pm

    At leats try to make a paid post NOT look like a PAID POST

    • Morgan June 12, 2010, 8:42 pm

      @Squeaky – haha 🙂 unless it says “Sponsored Post” in the post itself I’m actually just writing it myself and this post is more of a brain-dump than anything else. I’m a VERY positive, excited, and inspired person. If you go back over the years you’ll say many posts where some might say I am overly-optimistic. That’s who I am, for me the glass is not only half full, the glass has unlimited capacity – the sky is the limit! About once a month I do have a sponsored post that is clearly labeled so everyone knows I was paid to write it.

      I really enjoyed the conference – it was a great experience and I honestly can’t wait until the next one! The Domaining industry is still tiny – without conferences I wouldn’t be able to see so many Domainers from all over the world. I know some great Domainers here in Southern California but seeing people from all over the world, in one place – is a LOT of fun and truly inspiring.

      If you haven’t been to a conference yet I’d strongly suggest you attend both TRAFFIC and DOMAINfest – they are both excellent conferences and each gives a different set of opportunities! Oh – and my buddy Patrick is doing the first-ever Domain conference on a boat – DNCruise which should be awesome – and it’s right before TRAFFIC Miami so easy to go to both!

      Let me know if you are coming to a conference and we’ll grab a beer together 🙂

  • Leonard Britt June 12, 2010, 7:33 pm

    Very good point – how many people I went to school with end up in the domain industry? Well, the industry is relatively small and yet its members are spread out geographically all over the world…. It would be interesting to hear more about your experience at the show and how what you learned can be implemented in your business in the coming year.

  • TV June 13, 2010, 10:59 am

    “How many Domainers are there in your family?”

    None yet, but I’m trying to convert them!

  • Premium Domainer June 13, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I like the positive attitude Morgan has. I acually read his posts from time to time instead of just scanning, at least its original and his own perspective. I don’t know any one from school thats become a domainer, but everyone always seems interested when you speak of domaining.

  • Andrew Rosener June 15, 2010, 11:44 am

    Hey Morgan,

    It was really great meeting you in Vancouver! Great times were had by all and you really hit the nail on the head. Even though the panel discussions are very informative and the parties are great, it is what happens when you put like minded and like interested people together in a fertile environment that really makes these shows worth while.

    The relationships and friendships you make will continue to pay dividends for life.

    Can’t wait till the next time…


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