Bill Sweetman from NameNinja has released a handy little guide to domain name pricing for startups. While the guide is aimed at businesses starting out, the information around domain name pricing is applicable to anyone who wants to either "upgrade" their online brand or launch a new one. The guide focusses primarily on .com domain names, but also mentions both ccTLDs, … [Read more...] about How Much Should Startups Budget for a Decent Domain Name?
IEDR have released an update to their "dot ie Digital Health Index". The full report, which runs to about 60 pages, is summarised in their accompanying press release and graphic: Here's the full press release: Less than a third of Irish SMEs’ websites are ‘e-commerce enabled’ even as Irish consumers are set to spend in excess of €100 million online this Black … [Read more...] about IEDR Issue Updated IE Health Index
The IEDR have published their annual report for 2015. Some key takeaways from it: IE ccTLD registration volumes are up 13% Domain renewal rate is 88.6% 54.34% of IE domains are registered by incorporated companies IEDR's expenditure on marketing and related activities has increased significantly Overall company turnover is up 5% One of the possible … [Read more...] about IEDR 2015 Annual Report Reveals Registrations Up 13%
IEDR have published a new video to promote the launch of the 2015 OPTIMISE "fund". Essentially they'll fund website development and online marketing assistance / consultation for several Irish small businesses. However it is not a "fund" in the traditional sense, as there is no actual cash. IEDR have a number of vendors they work with and it is those vendors who will provide … [Read more...] about IEDR’s New OPTIMISE Video
DNS Belgium, the registry operator for .be, has sent out a notice to their registrars to raise awareness of an invoice scam. Here's a sample of the dodgy invoices being sent: According to the registry "BE Domein Host" is not one of their accredited registrars, so apart from the pricing being more than a little "over the top" they aren't even a valid … [Read more...] about DNS Belgium Alerts Registrars and Registrants to Invoice Scam
At this morning's first session at NamesCon in Las Vegas DotCEO's CEO unveiled their new marketing video. … [Read more...] about DotCEO Release New Marketing Video
While some new TLD marketing material might not be stellar, the quality of the marketing material coming out of UniRegistry is excellent. Frank Schilling's video for .sexy is slick and captivating and worth a watch: http://youtu.be/9GhfDoJWkIk … [Read more...] about Sexy New TLD Marketing Video
In the last couple of days there's been some media coverage in Ireland of a case involving a small Irish business and Lady Gaga. Some people are crying foul and accusing Lady Gaga and her lawyers of being heavy-handed and that their actions were tantamount to bullying. While the Irish Independent's coverage of the story is comprehensive I wanted to dig a little deeper as … [Read more...] about Is Lady Gaga A Trademark Bully?
Is AFNIC getting into social media and memes in a big way? They've already got a Facebook page, Twitter and are even pushing out infographics.. now it appears they're trying to harness memes. This appeared on some social media sites earlier this morning: Sure, it's not exactly "revolutionary", but it's a breath of fresh air to see an established ccTLD's marketing team … [Read more...] about AFNIC (.fr) Trying For Their Own Meme?
The job vacancy may not have been announced yet, but GoDaddy will be looking for a new CEO. Warren Adelman was officially made CEO of GoDaddy back in December of last year. Andrew Allemann of DomainNameWire was one of the first to break the story yesterday and also managed to get GoDaddy's founder, Bob Parsons, to make a few comments on the record. Adelman has been with … [Read more...] about GoDaddy Hiring New CEO Techcrunch Don’t Check Basic Facts