Small Business Winners! (Part One)

We’re excited to announce the weekly winners for the first two weeks of our Name.com Loves Small Business contest!

100% Aviaci’f3n Colombiana is a Colombian Aviation website that is dedicated to everything about aviation in Colombia: news, history, articles, photo gallery, forums and more! (twitter.com/pablo_andres)

ITSSRI Technologies has been in the development business for quite some time with projects ranging from web and software development to GIS projects for the national parks and forest departments in India. (twitter.com/itssri)

The Weblog Press is a blog about computer software, web tools, productivity applications, blogging tips, social media, and the internet. (twitter.com/sagargholap)

GoFast is a time saving tool that lets you extract the original URL from advertisement websites so you don’t have to deal with ads and being redirected. (twitter.com/eslam_mahmoud)

Now some of our winners are still in development on their websites, so we can’t post them here just yet, but you can check them out on Twitter.

twitter.com/abrahamvizcarra
twitter.com/iraqdesigns
twitter.com/amiecn
twitter.com/markdanthony

Huge thanks to everyone that has participated so far! You can enter your business in our contest until the end of the month. We’ll be announcing more weekly winners next week and then at the beginning of next month we’ll pick the 25 winners for the Crush It/Trust Agents prize packs. Until then, cheers!

.TEL at Macworld!

.TEL booth at Macworld

Heard of .TEL? It’s pretty darn cool. It’s a low cost TLD that acts as a digital business card — a single point of contact that allows people to access all of your contact information on an easy to manage website. The best part is no hosting costs are required, everything is included in the cost of the domain, which Name.com happens to sell for just $9.99 $8.99!

Our friends from .TEL, Justin and Henri, were at Macworld to show off their two impressive (and open source!) iPhone apps that allow you to manage your .TEL domains and all of your .TEL contacts easily and quickly directly from your phone. My.TEL (app store link) is the domain management tool and Superbook (app store link) is the contact management tool. It’s pretty awesome to see how fast Superbook loads this information (even using the less than stellar 3G network in San Francisco), which is due to their clever use of DNS to transmit the data.

Check out this video to see just how fast the apps are and how easy it is to manage your sites.

.TEL demo at Macworld from Name.com on Vimeo.

Here at Name.com we’re big fans of .TEL and we take pride in the fact that we are the leading .TEL registrar. In addition to having the best prices, we offer extra management tools for your .TEL domain that you can’t find at any other registrar. Since .TEL can act also as a directory, Name.com allows you to add new accounts to your domain without giving them access to your main account, and that’s just one of the cool things you can do.

To take advantage of the $8.99 price, use the code MACWORLD when you checkout. We’ll be running that promo until the end of the month, so check it out and be sure to TEL us what you think. 😉

Domain Nabber Now Supports .CC and .TV!

Looking to snatch up an expiring domain? We’ve got you covered.

Domain Nabber is Name.com‘s beta service for back ordering domains, and at just $18.95 we try to provide the best and most affordable service we can. If you’d like to know a little bit more about Domain Nabber we have some details here.

Recently we just added support for .CC and .TV domains and we’re excited to say we’ll be adding even more in the near future. Now, it costs a bit more to nab .CC and .TV domains due to the higher costs of these domains, but we’ve done our best to keep the prices affordable.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback — if there’s anything you’d like to see in Domain Nabber please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments. It is in beta after all. 🙂

Name.com loves small business!

We really do! For the month of February we are running a promotion to show just how much we love small business. You can use the promo code CRUSHIT for the the following discounts:

  • $8.09 .COM/.NET registration
  • 15% off all hosting plans (monthly and yearly)

In addition, you can enter your business in our small business contest, where you’ll have a chance to win a combination of Name.com schwag, credit, and other goodies!

25 lucky winners will get:

We’ll also be giving away weekly prize packs that include:

  • subscriptions to FreshBooks (online invoicing software)
  • subscriptions to 37signals products Basecamp (project collaboration tool) and Backpack (small business organizer)
  • Name.com account credit
  • Free yearly hosting plans
  • Name.com schwag

To enter just follow us on Twitter, fill out this form, and share the love on Twitter by posting:

Name.com loves small business! Follow @namedotcom and enter your company info here http://bit.ly/dAqh2F for a chance to win!

PodCamp Boulder 2!

With such a thriving tech community in the Denver/Boulder area, it was no surprise that PodCamp Boulder 2 was pure awesome. Especially since it was organized by Jeremy Tanner (Penguin), if you’re not following him…you should be.

PodCamp Boulder 2! from Name.com on Vimeo.

What is a PodCamp you ask?

It’s a very laid back, usually free, UnConference where social media enthusiasts and professionals get together to talk about various topics. It’s definitely not limited to just podcasting, so the name can be a tad misleading.

I sat in on some great sessions that ranged from International Social Media to Storytelling to Event Planning on a Shoestring Budget. It’s refreshing to sit in a room full of amazing people and openly discuss the various challenges we all seem to be facing in regards to social media. Whether it’s figuring out how to present your content to an international audience or what the best collaboration tools are for your company, the fact that we’re getting together as a community and talking through these issues is really something special.

While a good domain is certainly an integral part in setting up your website, there are so many other factors (SEO, design, etiquette, etc) that go into making it an awesome website. PodCamps are a great way to help you figure out some best practices on how you can show people that awesomeness. If you’re interested in checking out a PodCamp in your area, there is a list of upcoming UnConferences here.

Cheers and happy PodCamping!

Domainfest – Day 3

Day three started off with another session of PITCHfest where Rapid Domain Builder ended up taking home the award this time. They were up against DevRich, Skinected, and Root Orange — who walked away with the People’s Choice Award, congratulations guys!

Fairmont Miramar Hotel

After another lovely lunch outside it was time for the Moniker Premium Live Auction. The auction lasted four hours and generated over $920,000 in sales — the big sellers being LoanCalculator.com for $215,000 and GolfLessons.com for $65,000.

Now that the business day was over it was time for the real fun to begin.

Girl Party at the Huntley Hotel

Before heading off to the Playboy Mansion for the DomainSponsor party, we stopped off at the Huntley Hotel for an awesome (and much needed) girl party — a tradition we hope to continue at future events. To quote Kate (missfaucher), women in the domain industry..who knew?!

Playboy Mansion Party

After a little champagne to get us warmed up it was time for the highlight event of the conference. We hopped on a fleet of buses and headed to the Playboy Mansion for an extravagant party and fundraiser benefiting Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue Foundation. With close to 200 models hired for the night, it was quite the experience.

All in all DOMAINfest 2010 was an impressive event that has us very excited about all of the cool things happening in the industry. It also presented us with some excellent networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces when we head to New Orleans in just a week and a half for Domainer Mardi Gras.

Domainfest – Day 2

The second day at DOMAINfest was a blast. We were very excited about the Keynote from Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. Here at Name.com we share a lot of the same philosophies on company culture and using good customer service to help build your brand. It was an amazing keynote and so much of what Tony had to say really resonated with us, it was very inspiring. Below is a brief excerpt of his keynote (please excuse my camera repositioning at the beginning).

DOMAINfest Keynote from Name.com on Vimeo.

After a lovely lunch outside (yay for no rain) we sat in on a couple of interesting sessions on Turning Killer Domain Names Into Killer Websites and How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success, but I must say the highlight of my afternoon was the massage I got courtesy of Elephant Traffic. Thanks guys. 🙂

Getty Center

In the evening they moved us all to The Getty Center for a dinner party and we had so much fun. It’s such a beautiful building and the views of Los Angeles are spectacular, not to mention the art itself. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for day three.

Domainfest – Day 1

The first day of DOMAINfest was exhausting, but super fun. We kicked off the day by visiting the exhibition tent and checking out all of the booths. Our favorite booth was probably The Water School, an organization that is working to provide clean drinking water to communities in need. If you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely check them out. Awesome stuff.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel

After that we hopped over to the PITCHfest session where four companies presented new ideas on domain monetization. Verisign, Elephant Traffic, AdMarketplace, and Tempesta Media presented to a panel of judges that included such distinguished names as Frank Schilling, Adam Rioux, Eric Liaw, and Ron Sheridan. Later in the day the honor was awarded to Adam Epstein of AdMarketplace.

Following lunch Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President of Oversee.net, gave his Opening Remarks speech — an interesting overview of the state of the domain industry. Below is a brief excerpt of his speech.

DOMAINfest Opening Remarks from Name.com on Vimeo.

The last session of the day was a panel on the new gTLDs that ICANN is planning to roll out this year. A topic that most everyone seems to have mixed feelings about. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this develops in the coming months.

Huntley Santa Monica Beach

We ended our first day at DOMAINfest with the swanky demand MEDIA party at the Huntley Hotel.

All in all it was a great, but very busy, first day.

Welcome to DOMAINfest!

We’re excited to be in Santa Monica this week for DOMAINfest! DOMAINfest has been around since 2006 and is now the biggest industry trade show out there. After just walking around for a couple of hours it has been a veritable who’s who of industry professionals. We’ve already met some great new people as well as old friends, and things are just getting started. 🙂

We are at the whim of available WiFi networks, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all the fun stuff going on this week.