At the beginning of this year, I discussed how I was bearish on the domain market. This year has turned out to be better than I expected for my business. I had several significant sales this year, but it feels like the lower to mid level sales were not as strong this year as in prior years. My perception is that inquiries were down year over year, but it wouldn’t be easy to really analyze this, and I don’t think an analysis of my inquiries would benefit anyone else.
Kim Kardashian announced a new brand that was set to be called Kimono. Smartly, the brand had acquired the brand match Kimono.com domain name in advance of the announcement. As a result of the backlash about the Kimono brand name, Kardashian announced that she would rebrand the company.
Now that Kimono.com will not be used for Kardashian’s brand, I would like to ask readers if they think the Kimono.com domain name is worth more or less (or the same) as before Kardashian had announced her branding. Some might say more because Kimono is now a more recognizable name with the provenance belonging to a Kardashian. On the flip side, people now know what a lightning rod that could be as a brand.
Vote in the poll below. I also invite you to share your thoughts about why in the comment section.
Thanks to Ivan Rasskazov for the idea for this poll question.
I’ve been involved in a Twitter discussion with several people regarding the bidding on expiry domain name auctions and private domain name auctions. The discussion is centered around whether people are willing to bid higher for expiry domain names vs privately owned domain names that are up for auction. For instance, would domain investors be willing to bid higher for DomainNameExample.com if it was an expired domain name vs. the same name that is in auction but is a private auction.
For the poll today, I would like to know if you were bidding on a domain name at NameJet or GoDaddy Auctions, would you be willing to spend more if it is an expired domain name? Vote in the poll below but please share your additional thoughts in the comment section.
Yesterday morning, MicroStrategy shared the news that its Voice.com domain name was sold for $30 million in cash. The deal was “facilitated” by GoDaddy using the company’s Domain Broker Service.
In the press release announcing this momentous domain name sale, MicroStrategy shared 15 additional domain names that are owned by the company and available for sale. I thought it would be interesting to see what readers think is the most valuable domain name in that list. Vote for the most valuable domain name in the poll below and feel free to share your thoughts about why you chose the name you chose.
Yesterday, NamesCon announced the dates for the 2020 NamesCon Global conference in Austin, Texas. The annual conference will take place January 26-29. This is the first year NamesCon Global will not be held in Las Vegas, where it has been held since its inception.
I did not buy my conference pass yet, but I plan to do so before the price increases at the end of July. I checked yesterday, and I am able to fly non-stop from Boston to Austin, and airfare seems pretty reasonable right now. I probably won’t book it until I figure out the hotel situation though.
I know we are about seven months out, but do you plan to attend NamesCon Global in Austin? Vote in the poll below.
Having a reserve price on a domain name auction can reduce the risk of underselling a domain name for domain registrants. From what I can see, more and more domain names with reserve prices are coming up for sale on NameJet and other auction platforms. I am curious if domain investors reach out to domain registrants post-auction if they were bidding on a domain name and the reserve price was not met and did not sell.
For today’s poll, I want to know if readers reach out to a domain registrant to try and work out a post-auction deal if the reserve is not met in an auction. If yes, do readers have the auction platform or their account representative reach out on their behalf to try and get a deal done or do it on their own? Vote in the poll below and share additional thoughts in the comment section: