Blogs about the domain industry and the various players and companies within it.

The Rightside Challenge and the New gTLDs

The Rightside Challenge and the New gTLDs

Rightside, a publicly traded registrar/registry, released their quarterly earnings statement this past week and it made really interesting reading. What I found fascinating was the picture that was being played out in the domain sales space and how it reflected on the new gTLDs.

Rightside Share Price

The Rightside share price (chart above) has suffered at the hands of investors as they struggled to come to grips with the new gTLD phenomenon. The slide down from a height of $15.85 per share as ICANN dragged its feet was momentarily bolstered by the April quarter results from actual release of a number of extensions. Right now, investors are still wrestling with the potential financial windfall from new gTLDs as the share price now languishes at $7.63.

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It’s difficult for any business to try and communicate to all of the stakeholders the benefits of a strategy that may suddenly have an extended time horizon. This looks to be the case with the capital markets, Rightside and the new gTLDs…..but is there a glimmer of sunshine coming through the cloudy sky? Let’s begin to unpack this…

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ICANN Dublin

ICANN Dublin

Once again I’ll be heading off overseas to meet up with a gathering of individuals that are entirely immersed in the world of domains. This time my trek leads me to the fair land of Ireland and a people that seem to sing their words rather than speak. This is a fact that my wife absolutely loves about the Irish!

So after a short hour or so visit to Dubai and twenty-four hours in a flying tin can I’ll arrive in Dublin. After surveying the conference agenda, the first thing that has struck me about ICANN is the crazy number of acronyms. I’m a programmer and also a private pilot and let me assure you that ICANN has managed to surpass even these two noble pursuits with the number of abbreviation they inflict on everyone.

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A classic example is on Sunday. I’m trying to work out whether I should go to the GAC, ICG, RySG-CEO TLDs, GNSO or ALAC sessions? Of course there is always the ccNSO or ccNSO SOP or BC-BRG as options as well. Seriously???? It looks worse than my kids texting their friends!!! I must admit that there is one session that looks particularly good…..”lunch break” J

So why am I going to be attending ICANN? It’s really simple, ICANN is a place where business gets done. It’s full of potential ParkLogic clients and the information that you can pick up from talking to individuals is nothing short of brilliant.

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Sneak Preview of ParkLogic Next

Sneak Preview of ParkLogic Next

At the recent Domain Conference in Fort Lauderdale, ParkLogic released a sneak preview of what we are calling “ParkLogic Next”. We will be publishing a series of short videos featuring different aspects of Next over the weeks leading up to Namescon in January. It's something that we're really excite about!

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About 18 months ago, we made the big decision to rebuild our entire platform and infrastructure from the ground up. This was one of the best decision that we have ever made. With nearly a decade of accumulated knowledge and experience from extracting the full value from domain traffic we are on the cusp of releasing what we believe is a ground breaking domain platform.

We had a number of goals in designing Next:

  1. Informative – you can now view different aspects of your data at the click of a button. Everything from Excel like filters to adding trend lines are at your fingertips.
     
  2. Actionable – you can make decisions from the data before you.
     
  3. Fast – we don’t want clients to have to wait for extended periods of time for their data.
     

With these three goals in mind we have now released a video outlining some of the features of the Next dashboard. The entire dashboard has been built by accessing our own API which empowers clients to also easily integrate their own variation of the Next platform into their own systems. There is no custom secret code....everything is in the API and accessible to clients.

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.Club Launches Awesome Domains!

.Club Launches Awesome Domains!

I have to give it to the team at .club, they just seem to be going from strength to strength. I just received an email from Jeff Sass, their Chief Marketing Officer, and they are now releasing a list of super premium domains for auction. Please see the press release below....it's a pretty impressive list of 2 letter and a 1 letter .club domain.

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PRESS RELEASE

High Value Domain Names Such As C.club, DK.club, PC.club and PJ.club

Have Strong Appeal in Asia and the West

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL --- October 7, 2015 ---C.Club and twenty-four 2-character .CLUB domain names are set to hit the auction block on October 29, 2015 in a series of five fast-moving auctions with each auction lasting three days. The popularity and value of one and two-character domains is well documented as witnessed through their global sales and usage by major corporations across verticals such as YP.com (Yellow Pages), HP.com (Hewlett Packard), SI.com (Sports Illustrated), EA.com (Electronic Arts), QQ.com (Tencent QQ), W.org (WordPress) and more. In fact, many companies’ brand identity has naturally morphed to be more prevalent in their two-character abbreviated form rather than full name.

This auction, to be held on the Chinese EachNic.com platform, marks the first time .CLUB Domains, the Registry behind one of the world’s most popular new domain extensions, is offering this set of domains in a public auction format. The domain inventory included in this auction has been hand-selected by the EachNic.com team to specifically appeal to Eastern and Western businesses and investors alike. Auction bidding starts as low as $5,000USD for the majority of two-character domains, making them accessible for businesses of all sizes and budgets.

 

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The Domain Conference

The Domain Conference

The overwhelming success of the recent Domain Conference is testament to the resilience and strength of the domain industry. Well over 200 domain investors and service providers gathered in Florida for an outstanding time of networking and learning about the abundant opportunities in the domain industry.

I do apologise but this article will have to be quick as I'm writing it in Sydney just before my next flight to Melbourne.....nothing like a 30 hour journey home!

So what made it such a success? The Neu family, together with their team, made all of the attendees feel welcome while at the same time ensuring that the event went off without a hitch. Congratulations should be offered to all those behind the scenes who made it such an enjoyable event.

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As a conference venue, the Hyatt Regency, was exceptional. The rooms were at the right price, the conference facilities were world class and everyone just seemed to hang around. This was evident by the number of people talking and doing business in the large bar area each night.

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Guest Blog - Colin Campbell - CEO of .club

Guest Blog - Colin Campbell - CEO of .club

Colin Campbell, CEO of .club, asked if I would post this guest blog and after reading it I immediately agreed. Two great things about Colin is his insightfulness about the domain industry but also his willingness to admit it when he gets things wrong. This combination makes him one of the people in the domain industry that I would highly recommend that you pay attention to.

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Guest Blog
Why I was Wrong about Domain Investors!

by Colin Campbell

Wow. What a ride.

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On My Way to Fort Lauderdale

On My Way to Fort Lauderdale

Do you ever feel that domains have a tendency to get into your blood. Your calmly watching the television with your wife and before you know it, you're reaching for your phone to register a domain that was inspired by some character in an episode of "Big Bang".

Like me, you've probably been denying your secret (or not so) addiction to domains for quite some time. When I believe that I've finally freed myself of their clutches, they reach out from the most surprising of places to get me to register just one more.

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For example, this week I was reading the newspaper (I do this a couple of times a year) and found that my Aussie rules football team was playing at none other than "Domain Stadium" this week. For those that don't believe me I took a snap shot of the paper for you below. Just for the record.....Hawthorn is going to win by a huge margin :-)

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The Domain Conference

The Domain Conference

I can’t believe that “The Domain Conference” is kicking off this coming week! It won’t be long before; I board a plane, put my noise cancelling headphones on and assume the foetal position for the 15 hour journey to LA followed by the 5 hour flight to Fort Lauderdale. Sounds like fun....not!

Overall the trip is around 26 hours door to door. At the end the journey the flight attendant pours me out of my seat and I typically stagger into the blazing Florida sun while wondering why it isn’t night time.

A few years ago I arrived at a TRAFFIC conference and an attendee I hadn’t met before came up to me. They were complained about the length of their flight and how terrible it was. I asked them where they had travelled from and they replied, “Boston”. It was at this point that I explained that they were probably talking to the wrong person to get some sympathy. LOL!

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So why am I sharing all of this? The only reason why I wave goodbye to my family and regularly travel across the Pacific to attend a conference is because it’s worth it. Sure, I hate the flights but meeting up with other domain investors, clients and partners is worth much more the than the temporary pain of the journey.

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Learning to be a Good Alien

Learning to be a Good Alien

This past week I had the pleasure of heading to DomainFest in Macau. Besides the fact that it was a brilliant conference I learned a lot about being an alien. No, I’m not talking about something that creeps around in the dark on a strange planet. You’ll have to read my book “Battleframe” to find out about those…..I’m talking about being a stranger in an entirely different culture.

While I sat in the Qantas club waiting for my flight to Macau I browsed the Internet to learn at least some of the do’s and don’ts of interacting with Chinese. I didn’t want to do some cultural mistake and upset anyone inadvertently.

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The first thing that I found was the Chinese culture is VERY different from western culture and that it would take a lifetime to learn the subtle differences. In the end, I gave up and decided to be as “good” an alien as possible. So what do I mean by this?

Two words summarise the attitude that all of us should try to adopt upon entering the turf of a different culture, they are, “Be Humble”. As a broad generalisation, humility is not a typically western trait. We tend to come in telling everyone why they are wrong and we are right. This, in my opinion is a BIG cultural “no no”.

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DomainFest Macau

DomainFest Macau

I'm now sitting at Hong Kong airport waiting for my plane to return me home to Melbourne Australia from DomainFest in Macau. The conference was an outstanding success on so many fronts that in the limited time I have before my flight I'll try to get through a few of them.

For a start, the organisation team from .Asia with ample support from Allegravita should be congratulated on hosting a great event. Of course, we must not forget all of the work that Jothan Frakes did to make it all happen.

It was wonderful meeting a lot of new domain investors from China and abroad that were seeking to learn further about our incredible industry. I'm really sorry that I didn't manage to get around to everyone as there was only so much time in the day.

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What I really enjoyed were a number of sessions that I attended outside of all of the meetings. I'm finding that with Simon Cousins able mentoring that I'm finally beginning to understand the nuiances of the Chinese domain space. I absolutely came away with a possible strategy for moving forward and engaging this incredibly diverse and massive market.

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