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PITCHfest, LAUNCHfest Contests to Debut at DOMAINfest Global 2010 Conference

December 6, 2009

DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization division of®, announced today that PITCHfest(TM) AND LAUNCHfest(TM) will debut at its fourth annual DOMAINfest Global® (DFG) conference, scheduled for January 26-28, 2010 in Santa Monica, California.

The PITCHfest contest will uncover new, innovative products or services designed to enhance the value of parked or developed domain names by driving increased traffic and/or revenue.

In this fun, rapid-fire session, up to five hand-picked finalists will present a five-minute summary of their ideas to the DOMAINfest audience and a panel of expert judges. The prize -- the DOMAINfest Global 2010 PITCHfest Service Innovator trophy -- will be awarded for the idea with the most creativity, viability, originality, and revenue potential. All finalists will have the benefit of presenting their product or service to DFG's audience of domain investors/owners and online marketers eager to find ways to enhance the value of their domain name properties.

Individuals or businesses interested in entering the PITCHfest competition can find contest rules and an online submission form at Entries are restricted to U.S. residents, and must be received by January 15, 2010.

The LAUNCHfest contest will reward the most innovative and viable plan for building an online business around one of ten undeveloped, premium domain names made available by

Contestants will select one name, as listed on the contest site, and submit an online application with key business plan elements. Up to five entries will be selected as LAUNCHfest finalists. Finalists will present a five-minute summary of their business plans to the DOMAINfest audience and a panel of expert judges during the LAUNCHfest session. Judging will be based on creativity, viability, originality, and revenue potential.

The LAUNCHfest winner will have the opportunity to develop their business at the domain, subject to a pre-determined lease arrangement. will waive the first year of the lease payments to help the winner focus his/her cash flow on launching and growing the business. The winner has the right to lease the chosen domain name for five years for the annual rate shown on the contest site. At any point during the five-year lease, the winner will be able to purchase the domain name for a pre-determined price.

Individuals or businesses interested in submitting an entry into the LAUNCHfest competition can find contest rules and an online submission form at Entries are restricted to U.S. residents, and must be received by January 15, 2010.

CONTESTS begin at 12:00:00 pm (noon) (pT) on 11/20/09. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 am (pT) on 1/15/10. See official rules available at and for entry instructions and prize details and terms. Contests open to individual legal residents of the United States who are the age of majority or older in their respective states of residence as of 11/20/09. Additional terms and restrictions apply. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local rules and regulations apply.

DOMAINfest agenda

This year's DFG agenda is packed with valuable learning sessions featuring expert panelists offering highly relevant advice and opinions in a fireside chat format. Topics include:

* Turning Killer Domain Names into Killer Websites

Expert panelists present examples of developed websites that lead their niches in attracting end-users and generating revenue. They will decode key elements that make websites great, providing a list of best practices for website projects.

* Domain Names: How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success

Domain names are often overlooked -- but are absolutely essential -- when it comes to maximizing both organic and paid-search traffic. Our panel of specialists share real-life examples of how the right Internet real estate can make a big difference in SEO and SEM results.

* New gTLDs: Bonanza or Bust?

Will potentially new global top-level domains like .food, .eco or .younameit provide powerful online marketing and branding opportunities? Our diverse panel of experts provides a range of perspectives to help you better prepare for the coming of the new gTLDs.

DFG registration, which includes all sessions, meals and official parties, is available at the discounted rate of $1,095 per guest through Dec. 24. To register now, go to

Sponsorships available

Last year more than 600 professionals from 26 countries attended DFG. Sponsorships for the January 2010 event are again expected to hit record levels. Businesses interested in promoting their products and services to this audience of domain investors and online marketing professionals can customize their own sponsorship package. Contact or visit

About DOMAINfest

Founded and hosted by DomainSponsor, the domain monetization division of DOMAINfest® brings domain industry and Internet professionals together to learn, network, and do business. Guests will include online advertising experts, domain publishers, domain monetization experts, SEO/SEM specialists, website developers, online marketers, ad or affiliate network suppliers, search advertising providers, venture capitalists, bankers and trademark/legal advisors. Visit to review the agenda and register for DOMAINfest Global 2010.

About® is the leader in Internet real estate, specializing in monetizing, registering, selling and developing domain names. The company provides an array of managed services to domain investors, corporations, and individuals across more than ten million web sites. Oversee owns one of the largest portfolios of domain names in the world. The company's unique optimized technology connects consumers and advertisers with highly relevant advertisements. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company's core brands include DomainSponsor®, SnapNames®, Moniker® and LowFares(TM). To learn more, please visit

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