Associated Cities – New Orleans 2010

From Left: Diana Jackson, Kevin Daste, Ron Jackson, Mary Danna, Chef, Me, Jessica Bookstaff and Fred Mercaldo

From Left: Diana Jackson, Kevin Daste, Ron Jackson, Mary Danna, Chef, Me, Jessica Bookstaff and Fred Mercaldo

I’m a little late with the post but I’m glad I found the time to write about my first experience at a Geo conference. I’ve been looking forward to this conference for a long while. As some of you know I’ve been acquiring pure generic Geo domain names and actually want to develop all of them. But obviously that is an expensive appetite but I strongly believe in the Geo model. To me the right domain name means everything, and I only want to develop pure generic city domains. So now I have these domains, what do I do with them? How do I develop them? What platform do I use? Do I build them on wordpress or do I use a different CMS? All these questions needed to be answered.

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In New Orleans at the conference I’ve spend time with experienced people and asked lots of questions. The beauty of it is,¬† everyone shares their ideas. Besides the knowledgeable panel which consisted of many well known industry leaders the mingling with the attendees was just as educational. I’ve met people at the conference who are willing to lend a helping hand. People like Jessica Bookstaff from PigeonForge.com and Durango.com, BTW a congratulations goes to her for being elected as treasurer of Associated Cities. People like Sarrah Mannix from MannixMarketing.com, she runs sites like LakeGeorge.com, Albany.com, Sarratoga.com and GlensFalls.com. It was a true pleasure to finally meet Fred Mercaldo from Scottsdale.com who was also elected as President of Associated Cities, a big congratulations to Fred. Fred’s company had developed Palermo.com for me and I just signed a contract with him to develop 7 more pure generic Geo domains, domains like NewRochelle.com and GreenwichVillage.com just to name a few. Fred’s City in a Box happens to be the best solution for a City domain development platform. I’m happy with Palermo.com and have all the confidence that these 7 city domains will be a success.

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There are so many people that I want to mention that I had a pleasure of meeting, I just dont think that I can type any more.

Dan Pulcrano from Boulevards.com was just a treat to meet. Dan has a build an empire with this pure generic domains, domains like LosAngeles.com, SanJose.com, Denver.com, Philadelphia.com and I can go on and on.

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It is always a pleasure to see both David and Michael Castello. These 2 gentlemen are always handing out free advise and listening to them on the panel is always a big learning experience. The business model that they’ve empowered is something that I’m looking to emulate. It always excites me when both Michael and David talk about branding your city domain. And you know what, they are a hundred percent correct. Branding your city domain is whats going to get you in the door. I just love that.

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We all got a treat listening to Chef Patrick on the panel when he spoke about social media. His points were well taken and actually Chef did a fantastic job on the panel. He did admit that he was nervous but we couldn’t detect that at all. Bruce Marler from Missouri.me was on the panel and gave us great advise. I got a chance to meet Bruce in person at DFG 2010 in LA and the way he is attacking the dot me extension is just something to admire. This goes to show that if you brand something correctly then you too can be just as successful as Bruce’s dot me network. Great job Bruce.

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Josh Metnick from Chicago.com was a delight to meet. Ryan McDonald from Marietta.com was there and his wordpress site is something that’s needs admiration. Nat Cohen from Telepathy Inc., was amongst the attendees and he is also¬† developing about 40 of his generic geo domains using Fred’s platform. Currently his OceanCity.com is being developed by Michael Sumner from minisites.com who was also amongst the attendees. Talking about oceans my friend Bob Olea who made a surprise appearance was also there to learn, network and share ideas, he is currently operating OceanSide.com. And lets not forget our eyes and ears Mister Ron Jackson from DnJournal.com who was there to cover the main event.

One of the biggest attractions for me was a visit to the corporate headquarters of NewOrleans.com. Many thanks go out Don Jones and Bill Hammack for spending their time with us and showing us the ropes. What they have done with NewOrleans.com in such a short time is just amazing. Taking a domain name which was generating only 25k visitors per month after Katrina hit to 250k monthly. When visiting their office both Don and Bill expressed the fact that no matter how great your domin is you always have to market it correctly, and these 2 gentlemen have spend their money wisely in branding their site.

I can not forget 2 individuals that have taken their time showing us New Orleans. I don’t think my experience in New Orleans would have been so great if not for Kevin Daste and his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Danna. Pictures below will show what great hosts they are. Both live in New Orleans, right of famous Bourbon St. Thanks to them every night we were at different bars, different cafes and the memories with them are just piled up. Once again thank you Kevin and Mary, and I would love to extend my hospitality to them when they visit New York.

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Another individual that needs a standing ovation is Patrick Carleton who actually runs the day to day operations of Associated Cities. The agenda that he had put together I don’t think anyone can top. To put together a conference like this single handed is no simple task, Patrick has thought of everything and I’m looking forward to the next conference as I know it will be another great success. Thanks Mr.Carlton for a great conference. Till next time.

David, Caroline, Craig, Lesley, Chef, Ken

David, Caroline, Craig, Lesley, Chef, Ken and Pat

Ammar, Me, Tony C., Bob, Chef, Craig

Ammar, Me, Tony C., Bob, Chef, Craig

Bruce, Chef, bob and Me

Bruce, Chef, bob and Me

Kevin and Mary

Kevin and Mary

One happy crew

One happy crew

Le'Haim

Le'Haim

Bruce, Mary, Bob, Chef, Chrsity and Patrick

Bruce, Mary, Bob, Chef, Christy and Patrick

Alissa and Patrick

Alissa and Patrick

Mark and Nat

Mark and Nat

Tony with Kelly

Tony with Kelly

Mary, Bob and Christy

Mary, Bob and Christy

Lesley and Caroline

Lesley and Caroline

Bob, Christy, Patrick and Chef

Bob, Christy, Patrick and Chef

David, Alissa, Kevin, Me, Ammar and Bruce

David, Alissa, Kevin, Me, Ammar and Bruce

Comments

3 Responses to “Associated Cities – New Orleans 2010”
  1. Bob says:

    Hey Steve! Nice write up – looking forward to doing it again next year…..

  2. Francois says:

    Great pics, thanks to share!!!

    Where I discover that Patrick have in fact the name of his two children as tatoo and not some strange chinese signs like I had allways imagine on smaller photos.
    Finally he is not a bad boy, but a sentimental ;-)

  3. NetJohn says:

    @Steve

    You sure get in a lot of pictures……Are you running for Governor ??? LOL

    Nice Pix !