The imminent roll out of more than a thousand new top-level domains has created a headache for small businesses seeking to protect their existing domains, as well as sparking a bidding war among the world’s tech giants for the most attractive TLDs.
The process is being handled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and will ultimately see the number of TLDs increase from 23 to 1,500 over the next few years.
Examples of new top-level domains include .london, .plumbing, .sexy and trademarks such as .google and .bbc.
A few of the new domains have already gone live, others are awaiting final authorisation, while some are still the subject of disputes over which applicant should be granted ownership.
If the disputes cannot be settled amicably then it will ultimately go to a bidding process where the TLD will be handed over to whoever stumps up the most cash. That’s likely to be an expensive purchase, especially considering the fact that the initial application process cost £185,000.
So what’s the point of the new domain names, other than to boost the coiffeurs of ICANN? Well according to the head of ICANN's generic domains division Akram Atallah, it’s all about consumer choice.
Even after seven years of YouTube's existence, brands still aren’t making much of a dent in the ‘YouTube 5,000’, an elite group of channels with at least 43m views each.
Theoretically brands have a much greater advantage than your average YouTuber as they have more money to produce content, however according to Touchstorm’s latest study, The Touchstorm Video Index, only 74 of the YouTube 5,000 channels are from brands.
In November 2013 I took a look at YouTube strategy for brands. I revealed some surprises from the research, and recommended some guidance on how brands can improve their YouTube reach.
Yesterday I talked to the SVP of marketing and production at Touchstorm, Sean Womack, about the topic, and he offered the following advice for brands.
Everybody loves to hate buzzwords, but those of us who work in digital need to tolerate the birth of new phrases to describe new things.
I’m not talking about horrific PR terminology like ‘leverage’ and ‘synergy’ and ‘blue sky’, which are not to be tolerated, and which I’ve previously discussed.
Instead, we shall focus on those buzzwords and phrases that have originated in recent years, and which have significantly grown in popularity over the past year.
Let’s say you have a great product or service.
Let’s also say that whatever SEO, SMO or PPC strategy you’ve used (or not used) is successfully driving traffic to your ecommerce site, and that when those potential customers have clicked through to your homepage, or landing page, you're confident that it ‘looks good’.
Finally let’s say your site even provides a fine user experience. No real complaints. Everything works as it should.
So now what?
Is there anything more you can do to convince that traffic to stay a little while longer? To not bounce straight back to the SERP? To respond to calls-to-action? To increase your conversion rate?
As part of the The Reinvention of B2B Marketing Study, conducted with SparksGrove, Econsultancy looked at the Fortune 500 through a digital lens and found that perhaps 23% are safe from dramatic disruption.
If an organization is a producer of chemicals, raw materials, food or energy products…if they have a very small universe of prospects…then they’re safe.
Back in October we spoke with Nokia at the Festival of Marketing. The topic up for discussion was referral sales marketing and how it gives brands a new way of taking part in eccommerce without selling direct to consumers.
In this article I put forward the case for referral sales and why it could take over from brand ecommerce.
Here is a modern day 'the chicken or the egg' scenario. What came first, a business’s digital capabilities or a customer’s need for digital relevance from businesses?
Does it really matter? What does matter is that businesses must be digitally wired with a consumer-focused mind set in order to succeed in today’s highly competitive landscape.
Many businesses have shied away from online reviews because of the fear that bad reviews will ruin their business. But it’s just not true.
Everyone knows that no business is perfect and that sometimes things can go wrong.
So, across-the-board five star reviews should always be taken with a pinch of salt as it’s inevitable that someday, someone, somewhere will have been less than ecstatic about the company they bought from.
As we enter the final month of a promising year of economic recovery, I'm continuing to round up the best of the Econsultancy blog.
Here you'll find around 30 posts that are definitely worth your time; either great practical advice, the best of our opinion pieces, interesting case studies, or what you definitely need to know about changes at the main tech players.
Feel free to comment on any of the posts, as our authors are always keen to extend the debate.
As a small business owner you're in a great position to start exploiting social media for all its worth, adding much sought after personalisation and relevance at an integral stage of your development.
Although social media can be a fairly time consuming practice depending on how many platforms you choose to use, it's also the key way for a small business to develop awareness, raise its profile, gauge its market and interact with existing and future customers.
As the UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on December 7 2013, here is the second in a series of posts that takes a look at each individual social media platform in turn (last week we looked at Pinterest for small businesses) and highlights how you can achieve the best from each one.
This week: Facebook.