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Domain Names Matter - Branding for Affinity

The importance of domain name branding There's a lot to branding your business in sync with your domain name and I'm just going to discuss a few key points that begin with the letter A.

Authority and Affinity

Being a brand authority now of days is having a powerful domain name.  Powerful domain names are valuable because they are memorable and reflect your business as a leader in your industry.  Like it or not we live in the age of information overload, and that's a good thing.  As a kid I would ride my bike back and forth to the library trying to juggle a stack of books, knowledge and products from all over the world are now at anyone's finger tips from just about anywhere.  How does a customer find, return to, or recommend your business in a sea of 1.7 billion websites all competing for the first page of Google?  This is why your domain name matters.

Affinity is the sense of the natural path to your business, a relationship to or the path of the least resistance.  If a customer has to remember your domain name or apply a silly extension, not only are they going to have a hard time getting back to you, it's even more difficult for them to refer your company to their contacts.  Word of mouth is still a powerful tool in growing your business.

Here's a few great articles on the subject of branding and why your domain name matters: Spend Less on SEO, More on a Memorable Brand by Jamie Zoch and The True Cost of Your Domain Name by Chris Zuiker.

One point I would add to both of these articles is that not acquiring your matching domain name is leaving the door open for your competition to purchase it.  Some companies have spent millions just to keep their competition from having them.


Domain Name News

DomainingWant to keep keep up with all that is happening in the domain space?  Domaining.com

 

2020 is off to a quick start and for those that are not active in the industry daily, it can be more than difficult to keep up with all that's going on.  NamesCon is taking place in Austin, TX now, Rev.com just sold for 400k, Add.com sold for 800k this week, keep up with the status of the .Org Registry sale and get insight from the movers and shakers.

Domaining.com for the important news and domain industry headlines.


Does your domain matching your brand?

TLD InvestorsThis article is by Kasssey Lee on TLfDInvestors.com originally from GrandSeeds.com

 

Your domain is the address of your store in the digital world. If consumers remember what you sell and where to buy it, that’s powerful marketing. Your brand helps them remember what you sell, and your domain helps them remember where to buy it. Therefore, you want your domain to be easily remembered. The easiest way to remember your domain is to make it match your brand.

It's never too late to get the matching domain name, it just gets more expensive.


Tips For Getting The Best Domain Name

Get the best domain name From and article on WinningWP.com about getting the best domain name possible by Karol K, he provides 22 essentials tips to help those new to the industry.  There's only one other tip I would add to this post, it's well worth it to buy a great domain name.  Memorability and validity make your business standout.  Not everyone can afford a million dollar domain, but there's a reason why they are worth those kind of numbers, specifically site traffic and being the brand authority.

Remember you are building a brand when you build your website, and there's no point to building all your collateral advertising around a sub par domain name.


Investing in Domain Names

DomainingI found 2 articles on Domaining.com that I thought I would pass along to share.  I follow all of these blogs and they help me stay in tune with the pulse of the industry.   

Domain Investing
This is a TED talk about the Carvertise.com story.   From the business owner's perspective and a savvy domain owner.  Not going to spoil it, just enjoy the presentation.

Domain Sales

The second article comes from Morgan Linton's blog about the frequency of 6 and 7 figure domain name sales.  Large sales are more common than you think and often under reported.


After Memorial Day is usually a slower season, but not so this year.  Sales are up, and heating up.
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Great Domain Names Are Assets


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Domain Names Why & How

Domain Name Valuations
Why domain names are even more valuable today.  This is a copy of an article that was on the FragerFactor.com in 2006.   I've cleaned it and condensed it, still strong and valid points made.

Top 10 Reasons Why Domain Names Are Great Investments
1. Domain names tell people specifically where to find you on the Internet
2. A good domain name presents a more professional image and can support and even build your brand in the marketplace.
3. Domain names are unique – nobody else can own your domain name.
4. Annual cost is just $12 to renew your domain name.
5. Domain names can be easily shared with others via word of mouth.
6. Direct traffic to your domain name costs you nothing.
7. Search engines rank websites with relevant domain names higher.
8. Domain names like any business asset can add value to your business at time of sale.
9. Owning multiple domain names relating to your business can increase traffic and the number of qualified site visitors that you receive.
10. Owning multiple Domain names blocks competition from entering into your space and increases the value of your business to potential buyers.

How to Qualify a Domain Name

1. Is it easy to spell? I mean EASY! The masses can't spell.
2. Is it easy to remember?
3. Will it look good on a billboard or in a commercial?
4. Will it pass the radio and SIRI tesst?
5. Is it commercial or social?
6. Does it mean something just standing alone?
7. Can the domain go up in value by 100x? by 1000x 10,000x?
8. Is this a retail price or a wholesale price?
9. Are the other extensions taken? (get the .com)
10. Does it get ANY traffic or make ANY income consistently?
11. Is it a plural when it should be a singular? Or is it a singular when it should be plural?
12. Will there be mistypes? If you buy a .net without owning the .com, how much traffic will you lose?
13. If I decide I don't want the domain anymore is it good enough to be liquid?
14. Are there other related domains that would help or hinder?
15. Is this the best domain I can find for the money?
16. Can I use the money in a better way?
17. Does it add value to your overall portfolio?
18. Could you open a business around that domain name?
19. Is the traffic type in or is it coming from any other way?
20. Could you envision a large company using that domain in a national ad campaign?

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Dark Analytics - Mining Data From All Sources

Analytics Domain NamesWhile searching for tech trends and investments opportunities I discovered an article from Deloitte Insights about the technology growth in unstructured data. Unstructured data is essentially chaos, but if you're able to show relations between data elements, it's no longer unstructured and helps build a better picture of what's occurring. Commodities make a good example. Analyzing wheat yields without rain fall or soil erosion factored in, leaves a lot of questions when interpreting results. By adding more variables to the equation, the results are calculated with greater accuracy. Tapping into this vast amount of information that is becoming available from everywhere on the web, dark and deep web included, (data that is not currently included or information sitting idly), analytics experts can gain much greater insight into customer behavior and market movement.

The explosive growth of IoT (Internet of Things) is expected to surpass 44 Zettabytes in 2020. That's 44 trillion gb of information, which is 10 times more than today, and hopefully will be used to make better decisions (before the AI bots make them for us). Read the full article at Deloitte Insights for more information.

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World is Running Out of Good Domain Names

Out of Good Domain Names
According to this article by Alan Dunn on Quartz, we are almost out of good domain names.  I'd agree but, you can purchase domain names from companies and individuals just at a premium.   This article uncovers a few domains that you think would have been purchased with by larger entities and the real take away is “The thing about domain names is that they have become a precious commodity in their own right,” says David Taylor, a partner at Hogan Lovells and domain-name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Good domain names are assets and I wouldn't put much stock in other extensions, it always drives traffic to the dot com version of the name.  Read the full article here.


Domain Name Forecast 2017 Halftime Report

Domain Names For Sale I have been looking at domain name predictions that were made in 2016 to measure how well the analysts are keeping up with actual market movements in 2017. Being now that we're enter into 3rd quarter, it's good time for a halftime report. Overall, the results are on track and moving in the right direction. It's a difficult area to measure as most sales figures are not reported and have NDA's attached to them, but corporate purchases are up and companies are strategically placing themselves for additional accessibility into mobile and online services as workforce's are more distributed along with trying to increase their customer base.

Take a look at these 3 sources and draw your own conclusions. Huge growth is anticipated going to 2024.

   Strategyr's Domain Name Market Trends
   Verisign's Domain Name Registrations in Q1
   Hover's Domain Name Expert's Point of View


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