Why New Domains are your new favorite networking tool
Making yourself or your business stand out amongst your competitors is no easy task. But having an online presence that is unique and interesting can give you a serious advantage—even before your new connection visits your website.
By using a New Domain that informs visitors of what it is you do or what you are passionate about, you can stand out for all the right reasons. Eye-catching, informative, and great looking on a business card, New Domains offer distinct advantages that can benefit website owners of all kinds.
5 of our favorite startups using New Domains at Web Summit
We made the long trek from Denver to Dublin for Web Summit recently and it was a fantastic time that was definitely worth the journey. We learned lesson after lesson in Dublin and saw opportunity after opportunity for not only the tech industry as a whole, but also for New Domains in particular.
On the New Domain front, we saw dozens of startups using New Domains as their primary URL for business websites. This is a stark contrast to the behavior and feelings regarding New Domains that we encountered in the past at similar events. Just a year ago we were hearing skepticism from the startup community regarding New Domains, but we’re now seeing both personal adoption and adoption from up-and-coming businesses.
To highlight some of the great usage of New Domains that we saw at Web Summit, we created a list of some of our favorites (in no particular order):
5 amazing examples of .STUDIO domains
Last week we shared some of our favorite examples of .LIVE domains being put into action after only one week into General Availability. But now, as the use of two of the newest New Domains continues to skyrocket, we direct our attention to .STUDIO and all of the creative ways it’s being used.
We’ve selected a few of our favorite examples of .STUDIO domains that are making bold statements online. So take a look and get ready to be inspired!
See how these awesome .LIVE domains are being used
It’s been just over a week since the release of .LIVE and .STUDIO, and what a week it’s been! Already, websites and URLs that use these domain endings are popping up and being used by companies that aren’t afraid to be innovative.
An extensive list of companies (which includes big names like 20th Century Fox, Absolut, Amazon, Dreamworks, Entrepreneur Media, Marvel, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Oracle, Paramount, SoulCycle Inc., Twitch, Universal Music, and Warner Brothers) have already registered .STUDIO and .LIVE domains. While uses for these particular domains are still yet to be determined, there are a few key businesses that are already using .LIVE domains in particular to make a splash on the web.
Re-thinking the common questions about New Domains
Whenever I talk to people about New Domains for the first time, I usually get one of two reactions. The first is disbelief, excitement, and a mad scramble for a cellphone or laptop to see if theirname.ninja is still available. The second reaction is less fun: A scoff, possibly an eye roll, and a proclamation that they’ll stick to traditional domain names, thank you very much!
While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I find that most people who aren’t fans of New Domains have a few common objections. So if you’re one of those folks out there who isn’t sold on using New Domains then buckle up—I’m going to try to change your mind.
.LIVE and .STUDIO are here
The long awaited day has finally arrived: .LIVE and .STUDIO are now available for general registration! Individuals, business owners, and more can create memorable primary and secondary URLs with these two distinctive domains. After months of waiting, and a whole lot of anticipation, we cannot wait to see all of the unique and interesting web addresses our customers will come up with using .LIVE and .STUDIO.
.LIVE: Share the now
With today’s technology we receive our information faster than ever. A news story that started as a single Tweet or photograph can make headlines within minutes. And better yet, anyone with access to a smartphone and the internet is capable of breaking news. If you want to share something that’s happening right at that very moment with your followers, it’s all at your fingertips.
How to get the domain name you want (even if it’s unavailable)
You’ve come up with a brilliant idea for a new product or website: You’ve already brainstormed a killer website name, wordsmithed a clever slogan, and even designed the graphics to go along with it … only to find out that the domain name you planned on registering is already taken.
Unfortunately, cases like these are not uncommon. Generic domains have a high level of occupancy, so many of the best names are already being used or are sold at Premium prices for thousands of dollars.
Despite all the doom and gloom, stories like these can have happy endings. Rather than having to make your selection from a limited pool of generic domains, you can now choose from hundreds of unique domain options that will define your brand and differentiate your online presence. By thinking outside the box, you can create a web address that is memorable and relevant to what you do.
The domain exclusively for New Yorkers: .NYC
Do you live in one of the Five Boroughs? If so, there’s a domain out there just for you. Meet .NYC, a domain name exclusively for New Yorkers. Whether you are a business owner, politician, or just a proud resident, you have the opportunity to register an exclusive domain name that is sure to stand out.
Give your personal website an edge with New Domains
If you’ve ever Googled yourself before (and admit it, you have) it would be shocking to hear that every result that showed up was actually about you. Sure, you might get lucky and rank within the first couple of hits, but there’s usually going to be someone else out there with the same or a similar name. And that can get a little awkward—especially when a potential client or employer who looks you up comes across the personal website of someone other than you.
New Domains allow individuals to create custom URLs that show your personal brand and expertise. Rather than than using a generic domain for your personal website, choose a domain that stands out.