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Business Blunders - Don't be a Blockbuster

Business Blunders
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but this one I just can't see how the management team didn't see the future of their business.  Back in 2000 the internet was more than thriving and Blockbuster could have bought Netflix for a mere 50 million.  As of today Netflix is worth over 128 billion, down from and all time high of 180 billion.  In the summer of 2000, Blockbuster CEO John Antioco said "The dot-com hysteria is completely overblown".  His council went on to state how the business models of Netflix and just about every other online business were not sustainable and would never make any money.  That statement couldn't be any more wrong then than it is now.  Read the full article here on Inc.com

How did these guys not see that by delivering their product online would eliminate all of their overhead, shipping and logistical nightmares.  Yes, management and vision are two different things, but they shouldn't be.  Doesn't matter what business you are in either, not only do you need a strong online presence, there is an evolution going on of how your customers will interact with you and not just on social media.  Developers are building virtual realities to showcase products.  Imagine if your customers could experience your products before they buy.  This will be very popular with the gaming generation as they become the most powerful purchasers of consumer goods in 10 years.

If you haven't read the worst business blunders in tech history I would suggest Googling that phrase and see what you get.  Branding blunders are even more common and they happen all the time.  Avoid a brand blunder and start with a great domain name.  A strong domain name is the foundation for enticing and retaining customers with a memorable name.  Your domain name also attracts B2B partners and lays the ground floor for building supplemental income streams.  Streams turn into rivers and maybe even into a whole new business model for your companies' survival.  Have some vision and get creative.


Happy Veteran's Day - Thank you

For All Those Who Served
Veteran's Day falls on November 11 for a good reason many do not know.  November 11th is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.  And, on the following November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.  President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.

Thank a Veteran and help those that are returning from combat.  You can get involved at any level, from volunteering at your local VA hospital to helping the family of a Veteran.  Do something positive, be a part of the solution for the real heroes.


Saluda Shoals - Best Americana/Country Artist

Saluda Shoals Band I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing and hearing the duo of Henri Gates and Cassie Verhaeghe live at a small club in Mt. Pleasant, SC last night.  Charleston has a lot of great local bands, but these two are top talent.  They played some their new music that they haven't even recorded yet, and their new song "All You Got" is sure to be a hit record.  If you're looking for rising stars in Americana/Country music, look no further than their website SaludaShoalsBand.com

Check out this song "Fall" and look for their new releases coming soon.  Wouldn't be surprised to hear these two become international stars. Was nice meeting them on the ground floor.  All the best!


End Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time From and article on NBC Dallas - Fort Worth I agree, let's put and end to springing forward and falling back.  And, let's make everyone happy by splitting the difference.  Here's what I propose, one time fall back only a 1/2 hour (or spring ahead a half hour depending on the time of year) and never do it again.

It may even stimulate the economy with all the programming work adjusting applications that compensate for these time changes, like Y2K all over again.


Escrow for Domain Names

Escrow.com
Escrow for Domain Names and a lot more.

I recently sold a domain name to a foreign buyer that wasn't familiar with the escrow process.   It's really just as simple as depicted in the image below, but with their unfamiliarity, I can see how they could be skeptical, so I walked them through the whole process.

Escrow.com

A couple of items not represented in the images are number one, make sure your buyer chooses the right email address for your transaction.   Most people have at least a work and personal email address.  It's always good to ask before you start your transaction.  The second concern is for the seller.  Sometimes when a buyer receives their goods they don't always follow up to verify that they have possession.  You can rest assured that Escrow.com can verify the domain name transfer without any action by the buyer, it just takes a few day longer.

Escrow.com has been in the business for over 25 years and they began with handling domain name transactions.  They truly are the industry leader.

They provide services for just about every other transaction as well payment plans.


Significant Domain Name Sales

Significant Domain Name SalesSummer 2019 Reported Domain Sales

For those of you that are not in-tune with the domain industry, here are some recent domain name sales that have been topping this summer's domain charts.  Please keep in mind that only a very small fraction of sales ever get reported.  Orion.com changed hands, but the price was unreported, rumor has it that it sold above 30m.  Prices have been rising for great domain names.

  Voice.com 30M
  Money.com 20M
  EKO.com 1.5M
  Room.com 1.5M
  Nursing.com 950k
  Links.com 789k
  Carrot.com 565k
  BettingOdds.com 486k
  Cooking.com 402k
  Casions.org 400k
  JoyRide.com 300k
  Money.com.au 279k
  PFF.com 270k
  Crystals.com 188k
  Viajes.es 165k (Travels Esp.)

Visit DNJournal.com for the reported year to date sales chart.


The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success

Seven Spiritual Laws of SuccessOr The Spiritual Laws of the Universe

I just had to make one more post to pass along.  I would like to share this book with everyone.  In the book Deepak Chopra expresses with the simplicity of nature our connection and mechanisms for a closer relationship with divinity.  It truly is a life altering book that will change more than your perspective.  Thank you Deepak!

"You are what your deep, driving desire is.
 As your desire is, so is your will.
 As your will is, so is your deed.
 As your deed is, so is your destiny."
          - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5

Visit the Chopra Center at Chopra.com and quantify your spiritual growth.


Developing Domain Names

BHKO.comBusy Developing Domain Names

This will be my last post for awhile.  About a year ago I formed BHKO LLC with a focus on vacation rentals and real estate sales.  We have several niche websites launching over the next few months each with its own regional area of inclusion.  What distinguishes BHKO from the competition is our custom URL's or custom names that allow homeowners to choose a name for their property and they can use that link to pass to potential renters or for sales prospects.

We only cost $148 per year with NO commissions!  So for about $12 dollars per month (tax deductible) you can advertise your property.  Use us solely or in conjunction with your existing property management company or link to their system.  We have a full reservation system available and you can share your property with just a click.  Refer 10 of your friends and your renewal is free!

Simply the best value in advertising your property!

You can sign up on GeorgiaBeachHomes.com now, FloridaBeachHomes.com coming soon.


Introducing FormX, A Must Have For XMod Pro

FormXIntroducing FormX, a revolutionary addition to XMod Pro. I don't usually get to technical in these articles, but for all my DotNetNuke developer friends using XMod Pro, you need to get a copy of FormX from Reflect Media Group. FormX allows you to build XMod templates that permit adding and editing in the list view, or In-line editing, without a page reload. It's amazingly fast and you won't be able to go back to regular forms again, it would be like giving up broad band for dial up.

Get your copy from the DNN Store. And, make sure to checkout the samples under recipes in the documentation.  Easy to use and install.  Excellent tutorials are available.


Underappreciated

Attitude of GratitudeI just wanted to shine some light on the underappreciated, taken for granted and all the people and other things we couldn't live without. As Thanksgiving approaches, one of my favorite holidays, I've been busier than usual and just struck by some of the great people I have run into working behind the scenes that don't receive any acclamation.  In most cases someone else is taking the credit.

I think we all tend to take it for granted all the folks that make our lifestyles possible. I'd thank them all if I could, but there's not enough space on my blog, just know you are appreciated.

I begin and end my day with an attitude of gratitude. Thanks


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