T.R.A.F.F.I.C. announced the finalists for its annual We Get It! Awards. The domain name and Internet traffic industry’s most highly coveted award is given to the organization or individual(s) that has best demonstrated an understanding of the power of domains and the Internet by attracting visitors, increasing sales and beating competitors in terms of Internet marketing.
Presented by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND), this year’s nominees include: Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine and former presidential candidate (who will deliver the conference’s keynote address), Russian Standard Vodka, UVME.com and Carson’s BBQ. The 2006 recipient was News Corp. In 2005 Bank of America won for eLoans.com. Winners will be announced at the upcoming T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007 conference October 9-13 in Hollywood, Florida. The event brings together domain owners, search engine companies, leading registrars and pay-per-click aggregators with investors, advertising executives, industry analysts and others.
Nominees for other awards categories — including Sponsor of the Year, Domainer of the Year, Best Overall Domain Solution, Best New Click Program, Domain Hall of Fame, and WADND Seal of Approval — are:
- Sponsor of the Year: TrafficZ, Sedo, Fabulous, Silver Cash and Lease This.
- Domainer of the Year: Shawn Pilford, Brian Taff, Dan Warner, Kevin Ham,
- Mike Berkens and Adam Strong.
- Best Overall Domain Solution: iMonetize, Sedo, Fabulous, SmartName, Domain
- Management and Moniker.
- Best New Click Program: Sendori, Sedo and Skenzo.
- Domain Hall of Fame: Jerry Nolte, Michelle Miller, Larry Fisher, David
- Carter, Sahar Sarid, Frank Schilling and Mike
- WADND Seal of Approval: none this year.
“These awards recognize the best practitioners and new ideas in our industry,” says Rick Schwartz, cofounder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and WADND. “It is a sign of the strength of our market that more companies are grasping the value of domains and Internet traffic and more Fortune 500 companies are becoming finalists for these awards.”
At T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007, Steve Forbes will deliver the keynote address at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10th. Forbes will discuss current investment opportunities in Internet traffic. The primary topic of the event will be verticals such as travel, real estate, gaming, financials and many others for which domain owners host substantial traffic. For a full list of topics, events and sponsors participating in the conference, please visit targetedtraffic.com/miami_show.html.
The climax of every T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference is the largest live domain auction in the world, hosted by Moniker.com and its CEO, Monte Cahn. The auction at the recent T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East show in New York City generated over $12 million in domain name sales in only 3.5 hours! Auctions at the last three shows resulted in the consummation of over $25 million in domain name deals.
The domain channel is now a major marketing industry. According to Fabulous Research, $400 million in advertising dollars were spent via the domain channel in 2006. Major search engines rely on domain traffic for over 10% of their traffic volume. Moreover, ten million .com marketing websites are controlled by domain portfolio owners. To request an invitation to T.R.A.F.F.I.C., or to inquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, please send email to email@example.com or fill out our form available at targetedtraffic.com/contact_us.html.
Presented by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND), T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is the domain industry’s premier conference. Three times per year T.R.A.F.F.I.C. (Targeted Redirects and Financial Fulfillment Internet Conference) brings together domain owners, search engine companies, leading registrars, pay-per-click aggregators, sponsors, Wall Street investors, the banking, financial and advertising communities as well as analysts, developers and experts on targeted traffic. An invitation-only event, conference attendees collectively control over 10 million domain names and host tens of millions of unique visitors to their websites every day. The Internet’s biggest companies support and participate in T.R.A.F.F.I.C., including Google, Yahoo!, Sedo.com, Moniker.com, Marchex, TrafficZ, Fabulous.com, DomainSponsor.com and many others. Legendary “domain king” Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, a prominent Intellectual Property attorney and former three-term mayor of North Miami, Florida co-founded and manage the event through their company, the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND). Corporate headquarters are located at 1152 N. University Drive, Suite 201, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33024. For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at targetedtraffic.com/.