Weekend Musings


Hello, happy Sunday and welcome to my weekend musings. This has been a busy work weekend as we get ready for New York Fashion Week. Fashion Metric is sponsoring Nolcha Fashion Week, an event focused on independent designers from around the world. Since we are all about helping new brands get discovered this was a perfect fit.

It’s also our first Fashion Week which means it’s been a lot to prepare for and we’re learning new things every step of the way. It’s been an amazing journey for us so far and we also know that it’s still just beginning. We couldn’t be more excited to experience the buzz of Fashion Week and check-out some amazing designers to add to the platform.

It has been a great summer and as we head into the fall I am more excited than ever. On the domain-front we have some really great deals in the works with some amazing startups. Overall I’m finding still a big preference for .COM but strong interest in .CO and .ME as a second choice if the .COM is taken.

One trend I have noticed is that app-makers are definitely less concerned with domains than web-based companies which makes sense and has definitely been exemplified by Vine who has branded around Vine.co. It also makes me wonder how .APP will do which is one of the few gTLDs I really think has strong potential. Domain hacks are also getting more popular than ever which has made extensions like .ES and .IT really shine in some cases.

All that being said I wouldn’t rush-out and buy a bunch of domain hacks, these are like lottery tickets and while some can turn into profitable investments, most will just sit renewing year after year. I still think most of the liquidity is in one and two word .COMs but I’m also a big .CO and .ME fan as I see them having growing potential over the years.

Fashion, Startups, Domains, it’s a busy life and we’re loving every minute of it. I hope you all had a great weekend, as always feel free to comment on my musings or share your own weekend adventures!

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  • Leonard Britt September 8, 2013, 9:59 pm

    I believe one has to distinguish between extensions which startups or developers are registering to avoid paying for an aftermarket .COM and whether startups / developers are acquiring aftermarket domains in those alternative extensions at more favorable price points than it would cost to acquire the .COM. There is ample evidence that development is occurring on .TV (for video-oriented sites) but that doesn’t necessarily translate into heavy demand for aftermarket .TV domains. You can more easily add another word or create a brandable domain in an alt TLD than you can with .COM.

  • Morgan September 8, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Excellent point @Leonard, it will also be interesting to see how buying behavior changes when the new gTLDs come out.

    Many companies have a specific domain in mind so looking on the aftermarket isn’t quite as popular but for those who do buy they often trade getting their top choice name with getting a more competitive price for a less favorable name.

  • Joe September 9, 2013, 6:23 am

    Best for me. Com .

    The others that you write @ Morgan as extensions of Montenegro English and Colombia not too good , you write of . ES, this is to purchase five months ago a domain name that you first see in Adwords keywords and results for Spain was very good and as . compounds were even much more so best buy only in Spain this keyword have 500,000 users per month x 12 months = 6,000,000 million users and . com have members in USA 12,500,000 per month x 12 = 150 million users per year , whereas in Colombia be only 20,000 a year and Montenegro English be only 30,000 a year , of which four have to choose your previously after seeing the results of one Adwords Keyword Seo and Sem sure the first two and the rest stop that failed to give a service to their clients to make money .

    You know or @ Leonard Britt , what is the link to search Adwords keywords now with the new system if you know you can send , thanks.

    The . ES is for a trademark for Spain and EU Clothing is not to compete with a market that already know from before you designer fashion and luxury is another world.

    Next week sell domain names to make money to start creating my start- up clothes, and completed the course DomainMBA create another start- up with beneficial ecommerce obtained with the clothes designed for a new market niche that street people want .

    There are many expenses and little bank credit in Spain , the bad image given by the 2020 Madrid delegation organizer for the Olympics and the politicians present did not keep up , sell austerity rather than prosperity even be happening the first time to the last thing 2020 thanks not think the IOC This turn back to bank credit for that as I start ignoring even taking property, just keep in mind that Export large companies which have all the money you need.

    So I have to do this with some of my domains with the strategy and psychology designed for anyone interested in acquiring what I put up for sale .

    It’s the first time I sell , what never to do since 2010 when I contact @ Morgan by email.

    Having both , one of the best fashion weeks in NYC .

  • HowieCrosby September 9, 2013, 7:07 am

    I wonder whether there will be a crash in the .co.and .me etc, I say this because half of the buying end user do not realise what they have bought, even some domainers do not know what they are investing in (I was chatting on FB Domaining with a such stated established domainer who was trying to convince me the .co was not a cctld!!)

    Does this really matter, not sure? But I believe with .co being a cctld for Columbia, the extension uses serves in Columbia, how secure are they?

    The .co branding has been successful to some extent, with .me being Montenegro, it would be interesting to know how many domainers explain the true facts behind the extension before selling them.

    It’s not necessary a bad thing, but it not the brand thing!

  • Raymond Hackney September 9, 2013, 11:44 am

    Not sure what you mean its not a brand thing, that is what .co and .me are being used specifically for, to brand.

    I would say most people who register a .ME don’t care that it is the country code for Montenegro. Should they ? If there ever is a problem in Montenegro they will. Until then, everything is ok until its not.

    New tlds like .app may catch on and it does make sense to me that app developers will take a liking to this extension because it will give them an intuitive feel when using the domain name. They also get to avoid paying the big price for a .com although most now just add app to their .com if its a generic name. Now sometimes people want app and other times apps and both are regged in .com frequently. FitnessApps.com expiring on Go Daddy Auctions today.

  • Howie Crosby September 11, 2013, 11:24 am

    Hi Raymond, that’s what I’m saying, the .co has been branded a .co, albeit it’s really a cctld, does it matter, well it might do, the servers are coming from Columbia, depends how the social strata is there, didn’t .tel (Tel Aviv) go down for a while?

    Good luck to them, that’s what I say 😉


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