Photos & Highlights from the Closing Days at NamesCon Europe 2018 in Valencia, Spain

Photos & Highlights from the Closing Days at NamesCon Europe 2018 in Valencia, Spain

with another full business day Friday
(June 8, 2018) and closed today, Saturday,
June 9, with a Tour of Valencia.

ended our Day
1 post
Thursday by
noting that attendees were on their
way to a gala evening dinner at the Marina
Beach Club
in Valencia. NamesCon
has since posted some photos from
that event (the photos in this
article are all from NamesCon’s
Twitter feed
or Facebook
posts unless noted otherwise).

A scene from the NamesCon Europe
Gala Dinner
at the Mariana
Beach Club
in Valencia, Spain
that closed the opening day of the
show Thursday night (June 7, 2018).
Left to right are Sue White,
.CLUB CMO Jeff Sass, NamesCon
President & CEO Soeren von
and Akram Atallah (Global
Domains Division President at ICANN). 

CEO Ashley Mackenzie
opened the
business sessions Friday morning
(June 8) by detailing why she
believes  Fenestra, built on
blockchain technology, could save
billions of dollars for advertisers
by creating transparency and trust
to advertisers’ media supply chain.

After Ms. Mackenzie’s talk, an
expert group of domain industry
veterans took their places on stage
for a panel discussion offering an Inside
View on Dropcatching
. That
session, moderated by Braden
, featured David
(Lecturer, Paris
Business School), Erik Lambrechts
(Co-Founder & CEO,,
Ivo van Soest (CEO &
Founder, Sonexo) and Shaun

Next up at 11am Joe Styler (Community
Manager for the Aftermarket, GoDaddy)
presented Aftermarket Best
Practices fro Making Money
Joe shared what GoDaddy learned by
operating their own portfolio of
over 700,000 domains, including how
best to acquire, price, list, and
sell your domains based on their
data and experiments over the past
few years.

In another Friday morning highlight
COO Shaun Wilkinson
conducted a Charity
Domain Auction
to raise funds
for the Hope
Childen’s Centre
in Kenya.
Attendees donated a total of 22
domains to the auction, enough to
raise €4,150 to help finish
building a secondary school at the
Centre. If you would like to support
the cause, online donations can be
made here

a coffee break,
brokerage and consulting CEO
Giuseppe Graziano
took they
stage with another excellent
presentation – Short .com
Domains: Understanding Supply and
Demand of an $8B Market
GGRG publishes The
Liquid Domain Market Overview
a collaboration between,
GGRG, Intelium and ShortNames, that
explains all the key metrics that
drive the value of the most-traded
domains in China so investors can
anticipate the market and become a
successful domain investor.

In a session just before the Friday
Lunch break, .ECO International
Director Lars Steffen
the Global Internet Economy.
Steffen noted that in our
hyperconnected world, no sector of
the economy is untouched by
technology and only those who adapt
quickly to technological change will
be successful and went to detail how
is Europe performing in that regard.

the lunch break,
Founder Michael Bereslavsky

provided advice on
to Buy Profitable Websites
Michael covered different aspects of
buying and maintaining established
websites including common mistakes
to avoid, how to choose, due
diligence, finding good deals,
planning and maintenance and more.

The afternoon sessions continued
with this presentation on Monetization:
A Key Domain Strategy for 2018
delivered by Adam Wagner (Account
Manager, Team Internet AG).
Adam explained how domain parking
influences cash flow, affects sales
negotiations and investment planning
and why together they all determine
investment results of a

Below: Co-Founder and CEO
Alex Melen
followed with The
3 B’s of Developing Domains: Buy,
Build, Benefit
. This session
provided advice on how to develop
your domain to create recurring
revenue while also increasing the
domain value.  Melen also
covered domain development, SEO,
PPC, SMM and ran through a real life
example of the revenue and
value-creating potential of
developing your domains. Photo is a
screenshot from a YouTube video
of Alex’s talk

In a special Cultural Event
before the show’s final business
session, a professional
charcutero and ham cutter
attendees experience (and taste) the
Spanish art of ham-cutting (vegetarian
cuts were also available). Photo
courtesy of Alex Melen.

After that savory snack the final
business session of NmesCon Europe/Domaiing
Europe 2018
got underway – tips
on Choosing the Correct Domain
for your Marketing Strategy
. Two
of the panelists in that session
were, at left, Blacknight CEO
Michele Neylon and Divulga
Founder Ramón Rautenstrauch

the business day was done – the
night was still young. It started
with DomainingEurope Founder
Dietmar Stefitz
(above) hosting
a Handover Reception in which
he officially passed the conference
baton to NamesCon President and
CEO Soeren von Varchimin
. Soeren
will oversee the show’s ongoing
operations under the new NamesCon
Europe banner.

After the Handover Recption the
multi-talented von Varchmin (2nd
from left) brought his bandmates in
the Lords of Uptime – Judah
Johns, Carlos Almaral and guest
singer Franky Smet van Damme
for a very well received acoustic
concert. The one-hour event also
served as a fundraiser for the
Children’s Hope Centre. From there
it was on to an all-night Disco
Party for attendees! 

NamesCon Europe/Domaining Europe
officially closed with a
leisure day today (Saturday, June 9)
that included a Tour of Valencia
by bus and boat, as well as a lunch
that featured Spain’s national dish:
Paella Valenciana. Photo
courtesy of the .GLOBAL Regustry.

A street scene from beautiful and
historic Valencia, Spain from
today’s Tour. 

Last but not least, it has been a
Domaining Europe tradition to take a
Group Photo at each event, so
attendees gathered under blues skies
and the bright Valencia sun for this
shot of the conference class of

congratulations to conference
Founder Dietmar Stefitz on
what he has built over the past
decade and we are wishing all the
best to NamesCon as they
carry the European torch forward for
decades to come.

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