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Recent research shows that just over 55% of businesses own a website where they display their services and products (source: WaspBarcode’s State of Small Businesses Report, 2017). This leaves out 45% of businesses that do not have a website of their own (domain owned with owned content management system) or even a web property hosted on a public domain (such as a page or blog with a public wordpress.org or blogspot.com extension). Tremendous loss in terms of customer experience potential and customer support, as Econsultancy survey shows that by 2020, customer experience will become the key brand differentiator, followed by price and product.
Increasingly more customers turn to online support, therefore not offering them a proper environment to collect feedback and answer pain points can prevent small businesses from growing. “We are best known for our friendly support. Many of our clients who request dynamic designs and social media services are local legal firms who understand this is the proper way to reach their audience.”, says Dan Steiner from Elite Legal Marketing, a US-based startup that offers tailored marketing services to attorneys.
Where Can Small Businesses Acquire Their First Domain
GoDaddy has been around for quite some time. Besides domain sales, users can participate in auctions for expired domains, buy different types of domain extensions, hosting and more. Sedo takes pride in being startup-friendly. Their main audience consists of brands looking to secure their web presence, specialists targeting marketing domains and launches of new domain extensions and top level domains (gTLD), among others.
Known as the number #1 marketplace for buying and selling websites, domains and apps, Flippa has probably been marked as a favorite for many Internet entrepreneurs, bloggers and online marketers looking to expand their services.
Another star on the list, Dynadot is a good place for domain auctions, new domain purchases and domain backorders (ideal for those looking to catch a domain once it’s re-released). Word on the street is they are present at #NamesCon 2017. With a more European focus, EuroDNS offers not just domain services, but also hosting, SSL certificates and DNS services. Their affiliate and resellers programs can be a good reason to choose them.
Independent of choices, according to Small Business Administration’s website, in the US alone there are over 28 million small businesses and approximately 22 million self-employed entrepreneurs, however less than 55% of them own an active domain. We hope 2017 will bring businesses closer to their customers, both offline and online, and close the gap between online consumers and brands.
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A change on the Namescon Agenda lead The Domains to ask if NamesCon had bought out domainFEST – well, here’s the official press Release and reply. DomainFest becomes the first day of the conference geared towards newcomers. If you read the text on the updated DomainFest website, it appears that there’s a plan to carry the name forward and use it for “a series of international DomainFest regional events”.
DomainFest is one of the longest running events in the Domain Name industry. Its early origins in the early 2000s was a one day gathering with a mix of sharing new industry information and a social networking event. DomainFest will continue that tradition after being acquired by NamesCon.
Originally established as a casual meeting of domain investors as early as 2002, Donna Mahony generously donated the domain name to Oversee in 2006. Starting with small conferences in LA and Barcelona, Oversee grew Domainfest into a large, global conference series, attracting domainers, marketing professionals and celebrity speakers from all over the world.
“We are very proud of the industry-leading conference that we built up over the years”, said Debra Domeyer, CEO of Oversee.net. “DomainFest is one of the longest running events in the Domain industry. We are proud to recognize the importance of the DomainFest events to the industry and are extremely happy to be passing the DomainFest ownership into the capable hands of NamesCon.”
Richard Lau, producer of NamesCon said “We are carrying the DomainFest torch forward. NamesCon co-founder Jothan Frakes and I met at the Seattle DomainFest in March 2005. We are immensely proud to be able to announce that Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 is ‘DomainFest @NamesCon’.” Like DomainFest conferences in the past, NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas will also host a domain auction (run by Right of the Dot) and feature Keynote speakers and world-class entertainment.
DomainFest @NamesCon will start at 10am on Sunday Jan 11, 2015 and the day will be an excellent venue for newcomers and veterans alike. Jothan Frakes, who has a long history of producing domain conferences stated, “The DomainFest events had great energy and I am delighted to see that the success of NamesCon will maintain the spirit and legacy of DomainFest.” Jothan has planned out a full agenda for the Domainfest @NamesCon day.
The Sunday Evening Networking and Entertainment event for DomainFest @NamesCon will feature Peter Pavone – the Las Vegas Best 2014 Tribute Artist of the Year.
DomainFest @NamesCon is included in your conference pass when you register for NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas.
Two great conferences, one low price.
[via Press Release]