Friday, August 26, 2016

Corporate or Retail Registrar?

I was about to write a cool article about a Registrar where I believed that it made sense to transfer domain name portfolios.
Unfortunately, I just found out about a major issue after having transferred some domain names and support is surprisingly slow to answer my last question on this very specific issue.

Prior to initiating a transfer project from a Registrar to another, it requires domain name knowledge but also Registrar market knowledge.
The feasibility of such a project requires to think in the long term: employees change job and it can be a high risk (for the company's emails for example) to have a new employee with no knowledge of domain names to take the lead on domain name operations if (s)he is new to this.
For this reason, I recommend to use Corporate Registrars who will be able to take care of all operations for managers with no or few knowledge.
Jovenet Consulting also helps companies to transfer domain name portfolios to the right retail or Corporate Registrar.

New domain name registration volumes:
  • HOT - New gTLDs related to PLURAL versions of new gTLDs;
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
  • HOT - New gTLDs related to "GENERICs" (generic new gTLDs);
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH new gTLD applications;
  • New gTLDs related to CARS;
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION.

Tonight's Newsletter:
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In our previous Newsletter:
  • Brands Can Use New TLDs to Stop Cyber Squatting;
  • .GAY Community Application: what is next?
  • Who is responsible to promote new gTLDs?
  • .shop-Registry: Interview with CEO Hiro Tsukahara;
  • DotBrands: Key figures of our August research;
  • Rightside Strikes Gold With .LIVE;
  • Infographic: ICANN’s New gTLD Program;
  • The .CLUB Jackpot Auction (running September 9-16, 2016);
  • DotConnectAfrica Fights ICANN’s Appeal as another Pretextual Ground;
  • New gTLD AFRICA Appeal: DCA Trust Answering Brief vs ICANN & ZACR;
  • The business strategy behind the web (TMCH);
  • Four New gTLD Events;
  • .Top Gains 422,000 Domain Names In One Day;
  • Live .CLUB websites;
  • .Webcam Loses 60% Of Its Registrations in a Month;
  • Company behind WordPress opens .blog domain to the public.
Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Old ".wine" new gTLD projections

Registration volumes are slow but they increase. This reminds me the projections I wrote in my business plan for the .WINE new gTLD (the dotVinum project). My projection dated 2011 stated that the Registry (all included) could start to be profitable in year one if 100,000 domain names were registered at a wholesale price of €7 - 14€ and €20 but this did not include Premium domain names.

Profitability:
  1. Wholesale price of €7 in year one: €53.900,00
  2. Wholesale price of €14: in year one: €753.900,00
  3. Wholesale price of €20: in year one: €1,353.900,00
I calculated that profitability in year two was -217,690.00 for 10,000 domain names registered at a wholesale price of €20 but again, this did not include huge lists of Premium domain names and the back-end Registry service and operations were calculated for one single Registry, not multiple ones.

Scary, isn't it?

New domain name registration volumes:

HOT - Tonight's Newsletter:
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In our previous Newsletter:
  1. Sunrise Period for .DOCTOR has started;
  2. HOT - The new gTLD map;
  3. Registries rebel against ICANN;
  4. Does ICANN wish to open the window for more new TLDs sooner?
  5. A few things I extracted from the ".mcdonalds" mission/purpose;
  6. List of live .club websites.
Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunrise Period for .DOCTOR starts

The .DOCTOR new domain name extension is a good match for Doctors with a website. We use the two words in Spanish: "doctor" and "médico" so it can be a good match for Spanish speaking persons too.

When:
  • START: Tuesday, 23 August, 2016 - 16:00;
  • END: Saturday, 22 October, 2016 - 16:00.
History:
There were three applications submitted for the .DOCTOR new gTLD. You can hit "doctor" here for the list of applicants.

Question "18(a)":
The famous question 18(a) describes the mission/purpose of the proposed domain name extension and here is what the Registry wrote:
"This TLD is attractive and useful to end-users as it better facilitates search, self-expression, information sharing and the provision of legitimate goods and services. Along with the other TLDs in the Donuts family, this TLD will provide Internet users with opportunities for online identities and expression that do not currently exist. In doing so, the TLD will introduce significant consumer choice and competition to the Internet namespace – the very purpose of ICANN’s new TLD program. This TLD is a generic term and its second level names will be attractive to a variety of Internet users. Making this TLD available to a broad audience of registrants is consistent with the competition goals of the New TLD expansion program, and consistent with ICANN’s objective of maximizing Internet participation. Donuts believes in an open Internet and, accordingly, we will encourage inclusiveness in the registration policies for this TLD. In order to avoid harm to legitimate registrants, Donuts will not artificially deny access, on the basis of identity alone (without legal cause), to a TLD that represents a generic form of activity and expression. .DOCTOR will be attractive to registrants with affinity for or professional interest in the term DOCTOR. This broad and diverse group includes a wide variety of medical practitioners (including physicians, osteopaths, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and others); academics, educators, therapists and counselors and others (who carry the educational title “doctor”); a variety of commercial businesses who specialize in expert advice for specific goods or services (e.g., car.doctor); attorneys and legal practitioners (in some cultures); and consumers who wish to offer opinion and⁄or directory services about the range and quality of services offered in the space. The TLD would be operated in the best interests of registrants from all jurisdictions, and in a secure, legitimate manner."
To read more about the mission/purpose of other proposed delegated domain name extension, I recommend the reading of this new website I am working on.

Register:
To register your ".doctor" domain name, contact a Corporate Registrars from this list and ensure he offers to participate in the .DOCTOR Sunrise Period.

The .PICTET new gTLD

Working on the Finance new gTLD report this morning, I noticed a change in the .PICTET new gTLD with a short increase of domain names registered. This dotBrand seems to have started to deploy and appears to be communicating on one single domain name, instead of multiple: the domainname is www.group.pictet.

One could think new gTLDs for Trademarks were created to multiply the number of domain name registered to install a trademark on Internet using different domain names but this does not seem to be the choice of PICTET.

September.club
August is not really best moment to submit info related to new gTLDs. This is why the volume of info is low at the moment but September is coming. "Volume": it is what I do at Jovenet Consulting and it is something that I learnt after reading Communicator in 2003: the more information is spread about new gTLDs, the more it catches the eye.

Many of you know my passion for .CLUB : not only because they are a sponsor but also because .CLUB represents the perfect example of what a new gTLD is made for:
  1. Identity and;
  2. Precision.
This makes it an opportunity for me to announce that an auction will take place in September and I will be there to keep an eye on Chinese investors, because they will be there too.

New domain name registration volumes:
  • New gTLDs related to COMPANIES (newsletter only);
  • New gTLDs related to LAW;
  • New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
  • New gTLDs related to COLORS.
Tonight's Newsletter:
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In our previous Newsletter:
  1. Interesting use of a new gTLD for a dotBrand. FAGE will be using "usa" instead of "home";
  2. Updates on the New gTLD Program Webinar;
  3. Donuts has announced a price increase;
  4. The .WIN new gTLD passes 1 Million Registrations;
  5. Dynadot becomes accredited to selling .GDN domain names;
  6. Uniregistry to release over one million domains through registrar channel;
  7. Updated: the .CLUB website:
    1. LIVE SITES (www.get.club/livesites);
    2. CELEBRITIES (www.get.club/celebrities);
    3. INTHEWILD (www.get.club/inthewild);
    4. .CLUB STORE (www.get.club/store).
Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Sunday, August 21, 2016

.BLOG domain names are coming

Nominet, a new gTLD Registry services provider, is now indexed in Google and listed using a .BLOG domain name for its blog. Nominet has a certain number of new gTLDs under management and offer registry services for major strings such as .LONDON - .SURF - .BEER  - .WALES and... .BLOG.

New domain name registration volumes:
In the report can be noticed the slight increase of ".moi" domain name registrations. I went to to the .MOI Registry webpage and liked, as a French native, the explanation for the use a ".moi" domain name: "Un nom de domaine pour les particuliers et les entreprises pour célébrer la langue française en tant qu’élément rassembleur."
But did you read what comes next? I sent an email to their support :-)

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Last Friday's Newsletter:
  1. Is Buying a .WEB Domain Name Bright?
  2. Afilias set to get .hotel despite hacking claims;
  3. Details About Securing a .Blog Domain Name;
  4. “Dave” becomes first .blog blogger;
  5. 5 new gTLDs were delegated;
  6. Are .SPORTs organizations doing their job?
  7. "Matt" uses a .BLOG domain too;
  8. Historic Internet Expansion Reaches Powersports Industry with Launch of .Motorcycles Domain Names;
  9. .scot Experiences: Linlithgow Papercraft.
Previous Campaigns can be viewed here.

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Singer 50Cent to choose a .CLUB domain name for his Fan Club.