TUESDAY,30 JUNE 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on June 30th,welcome to the latest round of Domain Movers where I detect domain names on the move that have been recently registered or acquired. The majority of these are by large companies and would often go unreported otherwise. These are often very early discoveries and most lead to a new brand, product, service and more.
Here are my latest findings:
Time Inc. has registered the domain name EliteTravelerClub.com adding to its domain name portfolio of over 9,000+ domain names.
Hum.com has been acquired by a currently unknown MarkMonitor client. Two recent trademarks have also been filed for Hum and an image mark that contains a light bulb with a open end box wrench in the light bulb. The main TM spells out what they will offer pretty clearly (OBD service), but who is “1877 Holdings LLC” is the main question. Start-up? Insurance company? Automaker? Several similar services like Automatic.com, Dash.by, Carvoyant, CarMD, Torque and Car Doctor are in the same space already as mentioned in this TechCrunch article.
The domain name was using SedoParking at the time of the transaction and I have reached out to John Distler of Momsview LLC to see if he can share any details. I also reached out to Dash.by on a hunch that they may be rebranding but also didn’t hear back.
Synapse Group, Inc. which is part of Time Inc., registered the domain name TryCoffeeNow.com. CoffeeNow.com is for sale at Afternic for $19,900
Allergan, Inc. registered the domain name RefreshRewards.com at GoDaddy.com on April 24, 2015 after it had expired and now has transferred to brand protection service MarkMonitor
KidsMania.com appears to have been sold by Bell Canada with the help of MarkMonitor. The domain name held a $1,000 buy now price at Afternic, which that listing still remains, but the domain has since transferred out of MarkMonitor to eNom and was put under privacy protection with a domain name server change also. The domain has been registered since 2005 when BuyDomains owned it and by at least 2007, Bell Canada has owned it. There was also a for sale lander on the domain.
AbbVie Inc. (Abbott) registered the domain names GetSynthroid.com, GoodMorningSynthroid.com, SynthroidMorning.com, TakingSynthroid.com and YourSynthroid.com. Abbott has owned Synthroid.com since it was created back on June 15, 2001.
Visa International Service Association registered the domain name AnatomyOfAWinner.com adding to its domain name portfolio of over 2,300+ domain names.
Unilever Plc registered the domain names UnexpectedNights.com |.net |.org adding to its 7,000+ other domain names.
Frito-Lay North America, Inc. registered the domain names YogurtWithBenefits.com and DoritosRules.com
OMS Investments, Inc. (Scotts Miracle-Gro Company) has acquired the domain name CountrySoil.com from Country Stone according to whois records. Country Soil is a brand of Infinity Lawn and Garden, Inc. which is/was a competitor of Scott’s. This may indicate that Scott’s acquired the brand or company but I couldn’t find anything during a quick search. BoostPacs.com is another domain that OMS has obtained from Country Stone.
CountrySoil.com still redirects to CountryStone.com.
Borderfree Inc. has acquired the domain name CustomsWiz.com from a Andre Schmidt of Bundle Tech Ltd. The domain was registered October 14, 2013. They also acquired the domain name CustomsWizzard.com, a domain that was created the same day.
Stansberry & Associates Investment Research LLC has taken ownership of the domain name DeathOfMoney.com from a Jason Pell of Publishing Services LLC. The domain had a website on it and was created March 15, 2010. There have also been a lot of “Death Of Money X” with a number after them registered. The site appears to be selling a book.
Jabil Circuit, Inc. has taken ownership of the domain name 3DProScan.com from a Thomas Casali according to whois records. The domain was created June 14, 2013. The domain name ranks #1 in Google for the matching term. The website states that 3D ProScan is a division of NyproMold Inc. and the registrant email for Mr. Casali had a NyProMold.com email address.
Jabil acquired NyPro in 2013 for $655MM but it doesn’t appear that NyproMold Inc. is part of NyPro Inc.? so I reached out to Tom for clarification on the matter but didn’t hear back.
The domain names PlayGalaxyOfHeroes.com / .net, PlayStarWarsGalaxyOfHeroes.com /.net, StarWarsGalaxyOfHeroes.com / .net and GalaxyOfHeroes.com/.net all have been registered by a currently unknown MarkMonitor client. To note, Cartoon Network owns a game called Galaxy Of Heroes that launched in 2011.
Hotels.com which owns the domain name Orlando.com has removed the full website from the domain name and has begun redirecting the domain name to https://www.travelnow.com/selfService/409035 with a small header bar stating “Orlando.com Hotels” and a reservation login page. Orlando.com currently has over 5,000 indexed pages in Google.
Google Inc. registered the domain name YouTubeGaming.us . The .org was registered by an individual the day Google announced Youtube Gaming 6/12/2015 and the .info was also registered but on 6/13/2015. Google registered the .us on 6/12/2015 but currently does not own the .com or .net domains which were registered in December 2012 and are a YouTube & Twitch Gaming Forum.
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. has acquired the domain name LiquidSociety.com, a domain name that was listed for sale using DomainNameSales.com and holds a creation date of January 20, 2005. The seller was a Jason A. Tully of SN USA LLC.
AYGAZ A.S. has acquired the domain name Pursu.com from a Arthur Cain of SEOVisibility.com, adding to its 3,500 other domain names. The domain was registered on April 10, 2013.
The Corporation for Travel Promotion has registered the domain name BrandUSA.net which was registered prior but recently expired. The company uses the domain name TheBrandUSA.com and does not currently own BrandUSA.com according to whois records.
Microsoft was the registrant of the domain names SeaOfThieves.com | .net | .org that I had earlier reported the domain registrations but the registrant was unknown at that time. It is a new game and the website has been launched.
Microsoft also “hid” the domain name registrations of RecoreGame.com | .net | .org at GoDaddy which were registered on April 21, 2015 by John Moore of “Negotiator Agency”. Microsoft has revealed they own the domains and have launched a website for the game on it. eAuto.com owns the domain name Recore.com.
Thomson Reuters Global Resources (owners of MarkMonitor) has acquired the domain name DirectTax.com from GoDaddy.com, which GoDaddy acquired in the Marchex domain name portfolio buy.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation has acquired the domain name IgniteYourSpark.com from BuyDomains.com. The domain was registered on January 5, 2010.
Pacific Life Insurance has acquired the domain name InvestmentOnly.com from BuyDomains.com. The domain has been registered since April 5, 2007. Pacific Life owns about 300+ domain names. The domain name had a buy now of $1,788. The term relates to a retirement plan.
MotionMD.com has transferred from Register.com to CSC Corporate Domains from a Javernick Designs to a currently unknown CSC client.
DSM IP ASSETS B.V. (DSM.com) has acquired the domain name TheBeautyConnection.com adding to its domain name portfolio of around 850 domain names. The domain has been registered since February 16, 2009 and was owned by BuyDomains.com.
Home Box Office, Inc. has registered the domain name HBOEmmy.com adding to its 1,900+ other domain names. HBO also appears to be getting ready to launch something on SpendYourLeapSecondHere.com a domain they registered on June 11, 2015.
Showtime Networks Inc. registered the domain name ShowtimeVIP.com adding to its 1,200+ domain names.
Unilever Plc registered the domain name FlavorFlurry.com adding to its domain portfolio of 7,000+ domains. There are several trademarks on the term “Flurry” and one filed pretty recently on 2/7/2014 by Snowie LLC for Shaved Flavored Ices. There are about 70 trademarks relating to Flurry.
Radio Systems Corporation (PetSafe) has began redirecting the domain name Premier.com to PetSafe.net. The domain holds about 115 indexed pages in Google.
Virgin Enterprises Limited which acquired the domain name BornDifferent.com as I reported back in April 2015 has launched a website on it. The site is for Virgin Money Credit Cards and is promoting a #BigTVThrow that will live stream on July 5th 2015 but appears to focus only on “Britain”.