.CLUB CEO talks about the Launch.

In a live presentation recorded in Webex for an audience of Ukraine programmers, and technology professionals at GeeksforLess,  Colin Campbell (CEO), along with Dirk Bhaghat (CTO) present their vision for .CLUB.

The topics included:

The history of how .CLUB and how it was won in auction.
Why the CEO chose to target .CLUB in particular.
How .CLUB and other top level domains will change the way the internet works.
And the future vision of a platform for clubs and associations.

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As the timeframe for the launch of new gTLD’s draws closer it is great to see more mainstream publications covering the domain namespace.  After all, those of us in the industry exist within a bit of a fishbowl, yet for the new gTLD’s to truly be successful mainstream business and consumer awareness is most important.  According to The New Yorker,

Suddenly reorganizing the way we navigate the web with new strings like .guru, .club, or .google might seem frivolous or strange, but entities like ICANN and its stakeholders insist that they will make the Web more intuitive and user-friendly…

We of course agree about the opportunity to improve the web with more relevant names, and we are pleased to see .CLUB mentioned as an example.  Verticalized generic TLD’s like .CLUB can give companies and individuals that missed the boat on getting the right .com a second chance and the opportunity get a name that can actually offer more meaning (and thus potential marketing value) than a plain old .com or .biz.   Names like book.club and poker.club immediately tell you that the web site reflects people coming together around shared interests and passions.  

You can read the full article at The New Yorker.

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If you are visiting this blog you are probably well aware that there is an invasion coming our way.  It is not the British, nor is it the Italians (as the clever FIAT commercial below would have you believe).  No, if Paul Revere were here, and if he was paying attention to the Internet, he’d be riding through the streets of your town declaring “the TLD‘s are coming, the TLD’s are coming!

The Name’s The Thing

It is true that we are about to be invaded by hundreds of new Top Level Domain extensions.  Some are obvious choices such as .web, .app and .shop, and some are a bit more obscure like .WTF or .Ninja.  While some companies have gone after dozens if not hundreds of new names (read Donuts, Google, Amazon, TLDH, Unregistry, etc.), we have been singularly focused on one word: CLUB.

Why .CLUB?

There are millions of clubs reasons we are excited to be the registry for .CLUB.  Not only is “CLUB” a global word, with the same spelling and meaning all over the world, but “CLUB” adds meaning and marketing value to any word that precedes it. Book.com might be a place to buy books (in fact, it redirects to BarnesandNoble.com).  Book.club immediately resonates as a category killer for people who are passionate about books. As an example of how pervasive the word “club” is, take another look at the FIAT commercial below.  In a quick scene, once it is known the “Italians” are coming, they switch a sign from “Pub” to “Club.”  “Pub” was boring.  “Club” made it fresh and exciting, and added meaning. The sexy and stylish Italians would be excited to be part of a club.  We are too.

Jeff Sass is .CLUB’s Chief Marketing Officer.  You can follow him on Twitter at @sass

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.CLUB at Durban with Alina (Head of HR)

.Club today signed a contract with ICANN to sponsor the next 4 ICANN conferences including Durban, South Africa. .Club believes that it is important to introduce this new top level domain to the internet community and work closely with ICANN to ensure that we manage the launch of this name in a responsible and transparent manner. If you happen to be in Durban, stop by the booth and join the .club.

.CLUB CEO Colin Campbell and CMO Jeff Sass appeared on the Internet Law Talk podcast, hosted by Howard Greenstein and David Mitnick of DomainSkate.  The hosts ask Colin and Jeff about the successful bid to obtain the .CLUB new gTLD, and how things will change in the domain world with the introduction of new extensions such as .CLUB.  Colin and Jeff talk about the strategy for introducing .CLUB and making it easy for everyone to come together around their interests and passions.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.