Archive for May 2015

The Co-Founder Of Minds + Machines Fred Krueger Is Leaving The Company

WEDNESDAY,27 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 27th,Fred Krueger, executive chairman and co-founder of Minds + Machines (LON:MMX) is stepping down according to a press release by the company today.

Fred Krueger will be succeeded as chairman by Keith Teare, with the role now being a non-executive one.

“”The changing of the guard marks the evolution of Minds + Machines from a company set up to take advantage of the liberalisation of generic top level domains (gTLDs) to one that offers both registry services – maintaining the database of all registered domain names in a certain top level domain (TLD), such as .london – and registrar services, where it helps users to register their domain names.””

New chairman Keith Teare said Krueger is leaving the business at a point “when its operational infrastructure and senior management are fully in place, its balance sheet is strong, 20 of its current 34 portfolio of uncontested gTLDs now launched and, most importantly, when there is a clear strategy in place for driving the business through to sustainable profitability in the near to mid-term.”

Fred Krueger is quoted as saying:

He would be focusing on Mozart, the website building, hosting and management service he founded:

“I don’t have the bandwidth to do both companies”.

“I plan to give Mozart my full attention. I’m pleased to say that it is integrated into Minds + Machines. It’s launching at the end of this week for all customers who buy a name at mindsandmachines.com,”.

Krueger said he is a “long-term believer” in the Minds + Machines business and he plans to keep “the vast majority” of his shares in the company.

Shares of Mind + Machines shares are down over 11% to 9.1p on the news.

Minds + Machines operates may new gTLD extensions including .London.

Fred Krueger maybe best known in the domainer community for predicting on a panel I was a member of at Namescon, that .Com would be dead in 10 years.

That prediction was made in January 2014.

According to the most recent information at Minds + Machines Fred Krueger owns over 15% of the issued and outstanding  shares of the company

Domain Movers: SJ.com, Ploom.com ShoppingCart.com and More

WEDNESDAY,27 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 27th,welcome to Domain Movers where I dig tens of thousands of domain names to find recently acquired, registered and domains simply moving mainly by all large corporations.

These domain names often highlight new brands, services, advertising campaigns and much more. I do the legwork, you enjoy a bunch of unique content that can give you ideas to something in the works! Here we go with the latest domain movers:

JoinTheFlock.com has been acquired by a currently unknown CSC Corporate Domains client. The domain was owned by a Arvind Reddy and was parked using Sedo.com. The domain has been registered since November 23, 2005. Twitter uses the term to recruit workers but other companies use the term as well.

Bayer AG has acquired the domain name Kilena.com which had a $2,000 listing price. The domain has been registered since September 6, 2005 and was owned by WebContents, Inc and was using Voodoo parking at the time of the transaction.

Ploom.com has changed registrants to JT International S.A. according to whois records from a DIMA MARTIROSYAN. The domain has been registered since January 9, 2000 and was a website prior. The domain name is redirecting to PaxVapor.com as is Pax.com which was recently acquired for $200,000 in April 2015 at Sedo.

It appears that Ploom was a vaporizer startup and JTI took a minority stake in the company in 2011 according to this inc.com article. In a February 16, 2015 news release, JTI announced they acquired Ploom Inc.

Microsoft has registered several new domain names and some of those include: MicrosoftForward.com / .net, several “DE” term domains like DeTrafficManager.com/.net, DECloudApp.com/.net, DeCloudDataHub.com, DeAzureHDInsight.com / .net, DeAzure-Mobile.com /.net and DeMicrosoftOnline-p-Int.com /.net

MLB Advanced Media, L.P. has registered the domain name ThrowingBack.com to add to its domain name portfolio of over 4,000 domain names.

Medical Teams International has acquired the domain name MedicalTeam.org from BuyDomains. They also own the plural domain MedicalTeams.org and use that as its main domain name, so it was a wise purchase as plural terms can often lead to some visiting the singular term and some the plural.

Paypal.com has changed hosting providers. Paypal owns over 2,300 domain names with eBay owning over 12,500! eBay and Paypal and eBay are in the process of becoming two separate companies.

Novartis AG has registered the domain name FluRely.com adding to its domain name portfolio of over 14,300 domain names.

Mozilla Corporation has become the owners in whois for FoxYeah.com. The domain name was registered on October 13, 2014 at GoDaddy.com under whois privacy and has since transferred to MarkMonitor. There is a fairly good chance that Mozilla registered the domain at GoDaddy to “hide” the domain registration. They have set domain name servers to a hosting provider, so they are likely getting ready to launch a site on the domain soon.

MatchGift.com has changed registrants from American National Red Cross to AmeriGives, Inc. AmeriGives is a complete corporate philanthropy services company supporting workplace giving, matching gifts, volunteerism and other programs according to its website.

AmeriGives appears to be owned by the Red Cross, as they own the trademark for the term AmeriGives.

SJ.com has changed ownership according to whois records from Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co.,Ltd to zuqinghu with an Admin5.com email address. Centercall Deutschland GmbH had owned the domain until about December 12, 2014 when a LinYu shows up in whois and the domain transferred to eName.com. The domain has had several owners in 2015 according to whois records with Jack. Shen showing up 1/4/2015 and xucaijun of Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co.,Ltd showing up 1/5/2015.

SoftwareRepository.com has been acquired by domain name buy service CSC Corporate Domains from a Douglas Peters from South Dakota for a currently unknown CSC client. Whois records currently show “The Negotiator Agency, Inc.” which is a name I have seen before, that is used by CSC.

Conill (ad agency) registered the domain name RetestYourTest.com on behalf of Abbott on April 30, 2015 at GoDaddy.com.

TinyUrl, LLC took TinyURL.com for a hosting change and started using CloudFlare to join over 770,753 other domains using the service.

ShoppingCart.com has changed ownership from “Juggle.com” / ClicableNames.com to Web.com LLC according to whois records. The domain name transferred from Network Solutions to Register.com and now redirects to 1ShoppingCart.com which is a site owned by Web.com.

Sony Pictures has acquired the domain name TheGetDown.com from BuyDomains.com. The domain name has been registered since January 8, 2005 and had a $3,488 listing price.

To note: a crazy amount of “movie” domains are registered every week!

Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co.,Ltd has acquired the domain names 2026.com, 3772.com, 843.com, BQD.com, WYZ.com and YNX.com. The list continues with DKZ.com, DQN.com, DYJ.com QXK.com and TNQ.com

They have sold the domain names: CX.com, 2316.com, Dufu.com and UQD.com

Fyoa.com has been acquired by a currently unknown MarkMonitor client with whois showing the generic DnStination Inc. The domain was using Sedo Parking and had a listing price of $1,500.

uCaring.com has been acquired by  iFolio LLC from a Mo Bjornestad of Carlsbad, CA. There is the following message upon visiting the domain name:

“To avoid confusion with a similar website name we have accepted their offer and we are advising users, partners, and visitors of the change. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. We have accepted the inconvenience and loss of identity caused by changing our name from uCaring.com to ManagedGroups.com. Please find us at ManagedGroups.com, we will transfer your registration and data to the new name when we switch over.”

To note: the website YouCaring.com has recently went into privacy protection at GoDaddy instead of showing YouCaring Dot Com LLC and the website has also been recently went an upgrade of design. It is not known if this was the “similar website” mentioned on uCaring.com, or if ownership has changed for YouCaring.com with the recent switch to whois privacy.

Creston plc registered the domain names AffinityUnlimited.com |.net |.org on 5/17/2015. The reason I provided the date, well because it was a Sunday.

FalloutShelter.com has been acquired by a currently unknown CSC Corporate Domains client. The domain was under whois privacy protection at Uniregistry, but came out with “The Business Centre” with an email address of “INFO@ABSTRACT.BB”. It is not know if they were the buyers or the sellers.

Doable.com has been acquired by Doable Innovation, LLC and they purchased the domain name from ClosetMaid Corporation. The domain name has transferred from CSC Corporate Domains to GoDaddy.com.

The company filed for a trademark on the term “doable” on January 12, 2015. DoableInnovation.com is a password protected site and that domain was registered on December 12, 2014 and is using Amazon hosting.

Although the site is password protected, I was able to dig up the following: “Doable is a new way to connect everyone at Staging Company around our Quest and to get your help to make it an even more innovative and fun place to work.”

PathDefender, owners of TrustedSite.com has acquired the domain name TrustedSites.com from Vertical Axis. The domain name is redirecting to TrustedSite.com with a source tracker on the redirect to show the amount of traffic coming in from the plural domain.

Bought a Month Ago For $12K Fbet.com Leads Sedo’s $1.1M Transactions at $50,000 Euros

WEDNESDAY,27 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 27th,over the past week, 598 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.1 Million

The domain selling for the highest amount is this week is Fbet.com which was purchased on Sedo just a little over a month ago for $10,099 and just sold again on Sedo for 50,000 Euro’s which is over $54,000

53% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

The Top ccTLD: cz.cc at 10,000 Euro’s

The highest selling other TLD’s were  zb.org which sold for $10,099 and Joy.Eu that sold for $10,000

The NNNN.com sale of the week was 8255.com which sold for $26,500

A nice three letter domain name, imx.com sold for $17,500

Someone in China bought g-phone.com for $2,200

 

Domain name Price Currency

.COMs
fbet.com 50,000 EUR
myfood.com 33,500 USD
8255.com 26,500 USD
attorneygroup.com 20,000 USD
bando.com 19,999 USD
imx.com 17,500 USD
paris24.com 11,000 USD
bumpitup.com 10,500 USD
h33.com 9,200 USD
kachelmannwetter.com 8,000 USD
lero.com 7,500 USD
emine.com 7,450 USD
saair.com 6,500 EUR
seagame.com 6,500 USD
acclivis.com 6,100 USD
gulf24.com 5,500 USD
yeon.com 5,500 EUR
fridaybox.com 5,000 USD
jakku.com 5,000 USD
localplumber.com 5,000 USD
spacecoin.com 5,000 USD
livevr.com 4,995 USD
mingin.com 4,995 USD
pcmaster.com 4,800 USD
deziro.com 4,500 EUR
czapek.com 4,250 USD
bizmodel.com 4,000 USD
techrev.com 4,000 USD
atriva.com 3,950 USD
welovebirds.com 3,900 EUR
superschoolchallenge.com 3,750 USD
superschoolmovement.com 3,750 USD
s-c.com 3,400 USD
joymode.com 3,300 USD
kongresshalle.com 3,095 USD
moonbasestudios.com 3,000 USD
snowsoft.com 3,000 USD
topya.com 3,000 USD
livestar.com 2,988 USD
soletrade.com 2,770 USD
fleetbuilt.com 2,680 USD
dadication.com 2,500 USD
pizzapp.com 2,500 USD
showfootball.com 2,500 USD
bcmnetworks.com 2,495 USD
chinaspark.com 2,494 USD
hrmall.com 2,400 USD
ouvriers.com 2,395 USD
comovenderpelainternet.com 2,369 USD
softwarerepository.com 2,200 USD
js518.com 2,119 USD
aristot.com 2,095 USD
asiapacificbank.com 2,000 USD
g-phone.com 2,000 USD
nextoffer.com 2,000 USD
yesternight.com 2,000 USD
supersized.com 1,999 USD
ifrsschool.com 1,950 USD
electricalwarehouse.com 1,900 USD
maginfosystems.com 1,800 USD
underlove.com 1,800 USD
shangcool.com 1,795 USD
craftnet.com 1,750 USD
medikus.com 1,750 USD
guestreview.com 1,700 USD
cloudsheriff.com 1,695 USD
eretail.com 1,650 USD
lifelonghome.com 1,619 USD
eaglehead.com 1,577 USD
desiweddings.com 1,550 USD
5dimension.com 1,500 USD
83200.com 1,500 USD
clubunity.com 1,500 USD
fortx.com 1,500 USD
freshempirebrand.com 1,500 USD
gardenfurnituredirect.com 1,500 GBP
ilocaldeals.com 1,500 USD
mczs.com 1,500 USD
my-hub.com 1,500 USD
thefreshempire.com 1,500 USD
zztea.com 1,500 USD
inspify.com 1,499 USD
forexbull.com 1,494 USD
motobay.com 1,455 EUR
novaforma.com 1,450 USD
sterlinglogistics.com 1,375 USD
superinvestors.com 1,295 USD
psicotecnica.com 1,288 USD
versatran.com 1,260 USD
asesores.com 1,200 EUR
hireowl.com 1,200 USD
oflynn.com 1,200 USD
generalstudios.com 1,195 USD
gridohelado.com 1,119 USD
pointabove.com 1,099 USD
zontech.com 1,019 USD
abdera.com 1,000 EUR
audiencenet.com 1,000 USD
authid.com 1,000 USD
casalegal.com 1,000 USD
datacentreservices.com 1,000 USD
e-infra.com 1,000 USD
goalscout.com 1,000 USD
iotbase.com 1,000 USD
reconnaitre.com 1,000 USD
tailortab.com 1,000 USD
toadvance.com 1,000 USD
woobler.com 1,000 USD
goodpro.com 995 USD
huntingunlimited.com 995 USD
theartlovers.com 995 USD
adultmeetings.com 990 USD
fahrradladen.com 990 EUR
roxyhotel.com 990 EUR
solarmark.com 990 USD
lapband101.com 977 USD
phonesforsale.com 901 EUR
bewheel.com 900 USD
akteneinsicht.com 899 EUR
edgeoftheweb.com 899 EUR
papsin.com 895 USD
privote.com 895 USD
brina.com 890 USD
13thfloorelevators.com 877 USD
electricsheepgames.com 877 USD
lapbandforlife.com 877 USD
xtrasource.com 877 USD
workplaceux.com 850 USD
sunniesstudio.com 799 USD
blockbond.com 777 USD
bet13.com 750 EUR
ecule.com 750 USD
lebenslaufvorlagen.com 750 EUR
9cq.com 706 USD
drwhittiker.com 700 USD
muchan.com 700 EUR
swoopcity.com 700 EUR

ccTLDs
cz.cc 10,000 EUR
joy.eu 10,000 EUR
mexico.tv 9,000 USD
mighty.tv 7,250 USD
mijnhostway.nl 6,000 EUR
ticket.io 5,950 EUR
qqq.cc 5,700 USD
cura.co 5,500 USD
fig.co 5,000 GBP
swisspay.ch 4,999 EUR
afrika-travel.de 4,500 EUR
cabinet.ch 4,000 EUR
rapunzel.es 3,000 EUR
coffeeshops.de 3,000 EUR
4g.cc 3,000 EUR
druckprofis.ch 2,500 EUR
mmx.co 2,200 USD
mines.tv 2,000 USD
jewelry.cc 2,000 USD
egolf.co.uk 1,999 GBP
mjölkallergi.se 1,700 USD
xhamster.me 1,660 EUR
dream.cc 1,600 GBP
men.cc 1,599 EUR
dd.la 1,599 USD
barnes.fr 1,500 EUR
pop.mx 1,500 EUR
rueckel.de 1,500 EUR
apivita.es 1,500 EUR
titanx.cn 1,500 EUR
droneschool.co.uk 1,500 USD
octo.de 1,500 EUR
empress.co.uk 1,445 GBP
valle.ch 1,250 EUR
rechnungsvorlagen.de 1,200 EUR
möbel-brügge.de 1,199 EUR
starskin.de 1,150 EUR
fwd.it 1,000 EUR
molaris.de 1,000 EUR
code.cc 1,000 GBP
wellness.is 999 EUR
totalprojects.nl 999 EUR
sportbedarf.at 990 EUR
ediths.de 981 EUR
losarcanos.es 975 EUR
ctm.fr 900 EUR
uu.la 899 USD
nadh.ch 890 EUR
shoping.ch 888 EUR
cbdoil.co.uk 850 USD
grap.nl 850 EUR
liebhaberstueck.de 800 EUR
slam.at 750 EUR
giochidimacchine.it 750 USD
kotd.tv 750 GBP

OTHER
zb.org 10,099 USD
1win.net 6,000 USD
hamburg.info 6,000 EUR
sdw.net 4,800 USD
shop.pro 3,888 USD
superschoolmovement.org 3,750 USD
superschoolchallenge.org 3,750 USD
superbet.net 2,800 EUR
crestron.net 2,200 USD
today.graphics 2,000 USD
deal.pro 1,888 USD
opencl.org 1,888 EUR
acdc.org 1,850 USD
benidorm.travel 1,600 EUR
crime.club 1,500 USD
santucci.net 1,500 USD
einfach.kaufen 1,499 EUR
uof.org 1,380 USD
jsk.net 1,299 USD
rzp.net 1,000 USD
lektor.net 1,000 EUR
beb.org 1,000 USD
szh.net 990 EUR
episodes.org 980 USD
biopolymers.net 899 EUR
team-up.net 800 USD
top.domains 750 USD
mundhygiene.wien 750 EUR
waurika.net 750 USD
digitalcoin.org 750 EUR

Minds + Machines Reports Earnings For 2014: Profit $22 Million: $46 Million in the Bank

WEDNESDAY,27 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 27th, Minds + Machines (LON:MMX) reported its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014.

Minds + Machines reported a profit before in 2014 of $22.06 million against a profit of $1.14 million in 2013, largely as a result of receiving $33.72 Million for withdrawing applications for new gTLD’s that were in private auctions.

The company made $6.44 million in 2013 for withdrawing applications

Revenue from registry and registrar services, and this totaled $1.92 Million in 2014, up from $56,000 the year before.

In 2014 Minds + Machines acquired six TLDs in 2014, launched nine TLDs for itself and three for clients in which Minds + Machines operate as a back end for other registries .London, .Kiwi and .GOP.

Minds + Machines finished 2014 with $45.80 Million in the bank up from $14.88mln at the end of 2013.

The company said as of the end of April they have more than $48 Million in the bank.

2014 Operational Highlights

Registry

· Gross receipts of $37.5 million from private auctions;

· Acquired 6 TLDs;

· Built main distribution channel for its portfolio of TLDs with all major registrars;

· Launched 9 TLDs into General Availability beginning September 2014;

· Generated premium domain name portfolio for each TLD.

Registry Service Provider

· Launched 3 TLDs -.london, .kiwi, and .gop;

· Enhanced infrastructure to secure future registry clients.

In total, 108,000 domain registrations were recorded across MMX’s portfolio primarily from those top-level domains launched in the final four months of 2014.

Post Period Highlights

· MMX uncontested portfolio increased to 34 of which:

o 20 wholly/majority owned,

o 5 owned or operated with the relevant city governing body on a revenue share basis,

o 4 in partnership with third parties, and

o 5 where the Company acts as the Registry Service Provider on behalf of clients;

· 8 portfolio top-level domains launched since year-end – 20 of the Group’s portfolio having now been launched;

· Cash reserves increased to over $48m (as of 30 April 2015);

· Domain registrations increased to over 177,000 (as of 15 May 2015);

· Sales team appointed to drive Premium Name revenues forward.

Earlier today we reported that Fred Krueger a co-founder of the company was leaving and will be succeeded as chairman by Keith Teare.

Shares of the company fell more than 12% today in trading to 9.00P

The company has a 52-week High of 13.75p and a 52-week Low of 6.80p

The market cap of the company is 75.24M or just about 50% higher than cash on hand.

.GOP Video Promotes Use, But No Major Presidential Candidate Seems To Own One

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,in a new video posted by the .GOP registry, they boast about it being the only new gTLD owned by a political party and of course that is true, as the other political domain names, .Democrat, .Republican. .Vote and .Voting are owned by for profit non-affiliated registries.

The .GOP gTLD is owned by Republican State Leadership Committee, Inc. an affiliate to the republican party.

The video’s most talked about site is  StopHillary.Gop which is being forwarded to a .com; a site under GOP.com which is collecting names on a “pledge” to stop Hillary Clinton from being elected as the next President.

Right now there are just over 100,000 people who took the pledge, even with a promise of a free bumper sticker, which is not particular impressive in my opinion.

The .GOP registry smartly reserved the first and last names of its top Presidential Candidates but none of them own their matching .GOP domain.

CarlyFiorina.GOP, TedCruz.GOP and JebBush.GOP, RandPaul.GOP, MarcoRubio.gop, ScottWalker.gop, ChrisChristie.gop, MikeHuckabee.gop  are either reserved by the registry or registered by Minds + Machines to protect the domain.

Many first names and Surnames are similarly registered by Minds + Machines or reserved, like Walker.GOP, Jeb.GOP, Ted.GOP.

The question becomes why don’t those candidates own those domains and why are they not actively using them?

Over the last few weeks we have read hundreds of stories on Presidential candidates and the domain names they own and don’t own.

Wouldn’t this be the perfect time for  a candidate like Carly Fiorina who was under attack for being the “Tech Candidate” who let the matching .Org domain slip by her (which she did own at one time) just come out and say (well she did say it) that  there are too many extensions, you can register them all but I’m just going with the .GOP?

When she appeared  on the Seth Meyers show she could have given herself and .GOP a huge boost by saying I don’t own the .org don’t need to because I have the .Gop.

But she didn’t say it and she doesn’t own the domain.

I can only come to two possible conclusions:

1.  The .GOP registry didn’t reach out to the candidates to offer them their matching .GOP domain, which would be a failure of epic proportions.

2.  .GOP offered the domains to the candidates and they declined to take them even possibly for free.

To borrow from Godaddy tag line; “it’s go time”  for .GOP and for that matter all the new gTLD political extensions.

If the New G’s want some high-profile adoption this is a perfect opportunity.

However if this election season comes and goes without major candidates adopting these new domain extensions for their campaign its going to be a lost opportunity  since the next President election doesn’t roll around until 2020.

AlpNames.com Becomes 2nd Largest New gTLD Registrar In The World

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,AlpNames.com has become the 2nd Largest New gTLD Registrar In The World  according to ntldstats.com.

The domain name registrar which was little known and used before the new gTLD program has skyrocket into having the 2nd most new gTLD registrations with over 430K registration passing Network Solutions that has over 427,000 registrations.

Alpnames.com now accounts for over 7.5% of all new gTLD domain name registrations

Alpnames.com seems to have a special relationship with one new gTLD portfolio registrant, Famous Four Media, both of which are based on Gibraltar.

As you can see from the they are all Famous Four Strings except for 14 registrations out of over 430,000 registrations:

 

.science 258,183 59.96%
.party 140,024 32.52%
.webcam 29,022 6.74%
.trade 3,301 0.77%
.bid 12 0.00%
.events 11 0.00%
.cricket 4 0.00%
.space 2 0.00%
.cash 1 0.00%
.digital 1 0.00%

.Science is a mixture of free domain names and domains sold for .$.49

After the first 5,ooo or so domains, AlpNames.com has been offering free .Party domain name registrations since May 6th but may also be priced at $.49 now.

Alpnames has also been offering free .Webcam domain names over the last 2+ weeks.

In the case of  the 3rd largest new gTLD registrar that Alpnames just passed, Network Solutions,  ]also has 7.5% of all new gTLD domain registrations,  but 88% of its domain registrations in the form of free  .XYZ registrations.

Report: 4 Million AdultFriendFinder.com Members Personal Information Stolen

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,click2houston.com, is reporting that the personal information from as many as four million members of AdultFriendFinder.com may have been stolen.

The information includes the sexual preference, marital status and other personal data, like dates of birth and email addresses.

According to the story, the site boasts 64 million members, but it’s not known which of those had their information stolen.

Its one of those sites that people in and out of relationships use to hookup.

For those in relationships people having their personal information stolen could be a lot worse than just having your credit card stolen.

There maybe a lot of unhappy spouses and significant others out there once the information is released.

I’m not a member.

 

After It’s Disastrous Super Bowl Commercial Godaddy Maybe Looking For New Ad Agency

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) seems to be looking for a new advertising agency in wake of the disastrous Super Bowl Commercial and the less than impressive, at least in my opinion,  of its Claude Van Dam commercials

Godaddy has put out a global brand agency request for proposal (RFP) to help promote and personalize the GoDaddy brand globally.

Chief Marketing Officer Phil Bienert is quoted as saying; “This next phase in GoDaddy’s marketing strategy will fuel brand messaging globally while leveraging its vast small business insights to offer customers targeted, timely messaging through a variety of personalized channels.  We’re searching for a brand marketing partner, an ‘agency-of-record’ to help make the GoDaddy brand globally scalable and locally relevant in ways that tell entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere exactly ‘how’ we can help them grow their businesses

“We’re ready to push beyond broad domestic campaigns and leverage our small business data platform as a key ingredient in our global brand marketing.  Our personalized, data-driven approach presents a significant opportunity to engage audiences with targeted messages at key points in their digital journey, no matter where in the world they live”

Last month, GoDaddy chose not to renew its sponsorship of Danica Patrick race team, who starred in many of the company’s Super Bowl spots.

Barton F. Graf 9000 is currently GoDaddy’s agency of record for the U.S. and Canada. It’s not clear whether Godaddy’s current ad agency Barton F. Graf 9000 will be invited to participate in the RFP.

GoDaddy spent an estimated $24.7 million on measured media in the U.S. last year, according to Kantar Media.

The Psychology of Pricing

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,for many domain investors negotiation and pricing is some of the trickiest and hardest things to learn. While there is no exact science, experience and a ton of previous transactions help the most, there are strategies you can employ to help with your negotiation and pricing.

Mike stumbled across a very extensive article from Nick Kolenda that deals with the psychological aspects of pricing. The article is very long and detailed, so I would suggest you bookmark it as it is a lot for one reading. Nick also made a video that highlights the main points of the article.

From the article:
Step 1: Determine Your Price

Large companies have an advantage. They can afford cream-of-the-crop marketing research (e.g., conjoint analysis) to find the optimal price for their product. Small businesses don’t have that luxury.

Fortunately, that’s where psychology can help.

Based on research in cognition and behavior, certain prices are more effective than others. Even if you don’t find the exact sweet spot, you can make small — yet powerful — adjustments to maximize the effectiveness of your price. All for free.

In this section, you’ll learn how people process numerical values (and how to choose the numbers in your price, accordingly).

Must Read This Very Troubling UDRP; 18 Year Old Playworld.com Lost in UDRP After Domain Is Parked

MONDAY,25 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 25th,Playworld Systems, Inc. just won control of the 18 year old domain name playworld.com in a UDRP which I find to be very troubling.

Playworld Systems owns and operates PlayWorldSystems.com which was registered in 1996.

PlayWorld.com was registered on October 30, 1997

Playworld System apparently made an offer of $30K which the domain owner rejected, countering with $120K

According to the facts and findings the domain holder at one time turned down $80,000 for the domain years earlier from a third-party.

The one member Francine Siew Ling Tan found that laches did not bar the UDRP even coming some 18 years after the domain name was registered. The panelist also found the domain name was not registered in bad faith since the domain name was used for the first five years for the domain holders then business’ website. However the panelist found each renewal period reset the clock of bad faith and when the domain was most recently renewed in 2015, at that point the domain holder was acting in bad faith.

Most troubling for me was this language of the panelist:

“By placing the disputed domain name with the domain name parking service, Respondent was deliberately trying to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to the webpage created by the domain name parking service by “by creating a likelihood of confusion with [Complainant’s] mark”

Wow

The domain holder did not help himself by recently parking the page and having links to the Complainant and its competitors and refusing the remove such links when he received a C & D letter not asking for the domain to be transferred but asking for the links to be removed nor by failing to ask for a three member panel.

Here are the highlights:

“”Complainant manufactures and sells commercial-grade playground, recreation and fitness equipment. The trade name “Playworld Systems” was used since 1971. Its PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS trademark was first used in Canada and in the U.S. in 1993 and 1988, respectively; registrations of the mark were secured in Canada in 2008, and in the U.S. in 1989.

Complainant owns and maintains the domain name  which was registered on June 11, 1996.

The disputed domain name was registered on October 30, 1997, almost a decade after Complainant’s first use of the PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS trade mark.

The disputed domain name is confusingly similar to Complainant’s PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS trade mark and identical to its PLAYWORLD trade mark.

Respondent owned 45% shares in a company known as Playworld Network Corporation (“PNC”) which began operations in late 1996 or early 1997.

It began developing online animated characters for use in connection with a cybermall and online theme park for kids in the toy industry.

In July 1996, PNC registered the domain .

In 1997, the disputed domain name was used to redirect traffic to the site at www.playworld.net. By December 1998, PNC was selling toys online.

In 2002, PNC decided to cease operations and take its primary website down.

Around 2002 to 2003, Respondent learned about Complainant and contacted them to inquire if they would like to buy the disputed domain name.

Complainant allegedly expressed no interest.

Between 2008 and 2010, a third-party contacted Respondent and offered $80,000 for the disputed domain name.

Respondent declined the offer, with the intention of starting a new business in the future.

Around November 2014, Complainant contacted Respondent regarding the purchase of the disputed domain name and offered $30,000.

Respondent declined the offer, after which it posted the domain name with a parking service whilst it considered what business it would like to proceed with. It was the decision of the parking service to place text link advertisements for third-party advertisers.

The Panel notes that for at least five years after registration, Respondent used and operated the disputed domain name in connection with its business.

There is therefore some evidence that at that point in time, Respondent had rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name. The question then is whether the fact that rights or legitimate interests in a domain name may have existed initially or at one point in time, whether it precludes any finding of a lack of rights or legitimate interests further down the road, in this case, almost 20 years later.

The Panel is of the view that such a finding is not precluded.
Respondent does not appear to have any substantive use of the disputed domain name, whether in connection with a business or otherwise, since around 2003.

Although Respondent claims to have had an intention to start a business “in the future” (and presumably to use the disputed domain name in connection with that), no evidence of demonstrable preparations to use the domain name in connection with a bona fide offering of goods of services has been produced by Respondent.

This gap spans over a term of about 10 years. Instead, around 2002/2003 and again in 2014, according to Respondent’s own account, it took steps to try to sell the disputed domain name to Complainant.

In addition, after Complainant declined Respondent’s demand for $120,000 for the transfer of the disputed domain name, the latter parked it with a domain parking service which provided links from the resolving webpage misdirecting visitors to a variety of Complainant’s competitors.

It is common knowledge that these services operate by providing the domain name registrant with “click through” revenue whenever an Internet user clicks on a sponsored link on the parking page. Whilst such practices are common and there is nothing inherently illegitimate about them, the activity of profiting from the deliberate linking of a parking page with the websites of competitors of a trademark owner does not demonstrate any legitimate interest in the domain name under the Policy (paragraph 4(c)(iii)). Neither has Respondent shown that it is “commonly known” by the disputed domain name.

The Panel accordingly finds that Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.

Paragraph 4(a)(ii) of the Policy has been established.

Registration and Use in Bad Faith
Paragraph 2 of the Policy provides that:

“By applying to register a domain name, or by asking us to maintain or renew a domain name registration, you hereby represent and warrant to us that (a) the statements that you made in your Registration Agreement are complete and accurate; (b) to your knowledge, the registration of the domain name will not infringe upon or otherwise violate the rights of any third party; (c) you are not registering the domain name for an unlawful purpose; and (d) you will not knowingly use the domain name in violation of any applicable laws or regulations. It is your responsibility to determine whether your domain name registration infringes or violates someone else’s rights.” (Emphasis added.)

Respondent has the said obligations with each renewal or with each request to the Registrar to maintain the disputed domain name. Prior to March 2015, Complainant had no objection to Respondent’s registration of the disputed domain name. The Complaint was filed only after Complainant discovered Respondent had parked the disputed domain name with the website displaying pay-per-click advertisements for competitors and the latter ignored and/or chose not to respond to Complainant’s demand for the removal of the offending links from the parking page.

The Panel finds that there is evidence of bad faith registration and use in the circumstances of this case. The bases for this finding follow.

The renewal of a domain name is, by reference to paragraph 2 of the Policy, equivalent to a new registration in certain circumstances.

The Policy provides clearly that there is a responsibility that a domain name registrant has, namely to determine whether the domain name registration infringes or violates someone else’s rights.

The violation of Complainant’s rights in its trade marks was clearly in issue here and brought to Respondent’s attention by Complainant.

Respondent did not deny having received Complainant’s letter of demand.

Further, Respondent was, by 2002/2003, aware of Complainant and its interests in the PLAYWORLD and PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS marks.

Respondent sought to extract a huge sum of money from Complainant for the disputed domain name; and after Complainant refused to pay the sum, the domain name was parked with a domain name parking service which operated the pay-per-click links to webpages of competitors of Complainant.

The Panel is of the view that by placing the disputed domain name with the domain name parking service, Respondent was deliberately trying to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to the webpage created by the domain name parking service by “by creating a likelihood of confusion with [Complainant’s] mark”. Pursuant to paragraph 4(b)(iv) of the Policy, this conduct constitutes bad faith registration and use under the Policy.
Respondent states that it was the decision of the parking service to place text link advertisements for third-party advertisers. The Panel is skeptical that Respondent is blameless or that it had no influence over the type of advertising that would appear. The amount of “click through” revenue that is generated is affected by the keywords that are associated with a domain name. In the absence of any explanation from Respondent as to how the links in this case were generated, the Panel accepts that Respondent had some involvement or influence in the selection process.

The Panel accordingly finds that Respondent has registered and is using the disputed domain name in bad faith.

Paragraph 4(a)(iii) of the Policy has been established.

Doctrine of Laches

The Panel is of the view that the doctrine of laches is not an applicable defense under the Policy (see Drown Corp. v. Premier Wine & Spirits, FA 616805 (Nat. Arb. Forum, February 13, 2006) and paragraph 4.10 of the WIPO Overview). What is relevant is Complainant has established a case on the merits under the requisite three elements of the Policy.

Accordingly, it is Ordered that the  domain name be TRANSFERRED from Respondent to Complainant.”