|Photo: Going Global! Frank Schilling via Twitter|
"Japan has some of the coolest people in naming,
like my friends at GMO.
Japan loves the power of .LINK domains."
"At the end of the day we are selling dreams, and hope for prosperity. The majority of sales have been to small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Today, most businesses, products or brands start with a domain and I want our brokers to capture this excitement and help them achieve their goals." ~~ Frank Schilling
Frank Schilling had a vision of building the best domain name brokerage in the world. It included 7AM-7PM Broker Coverage with dozens of brokers speaking just about any language on the other end of the line, all managed by the supreme broker of all, Jeffrey Gabriel, who had personally sold more of Frank's own domains then the rest of the world combined. Fast forward two years and the dream is reality. And, in spite of predictions that the introduction of gTLDs would weaken the dotCOM value, Frank has proved what Rick Schwartz predicted all along: That domains would become the "fastest growing commodity known to man." Compare these estimated December 2015 sales prices below to December 2013 HERE and you'll see an ASP (average selling price) increase of 100%.
It's not just because of the boom in CHiPS. It's because, as Frank blogged about early on HERE, scarcity. As more and more domains get taken out of the market, they are harder to come by. Why else would .de owner pay $7OK to get the matching dotCOM? Or a hyphenated tone-word dotCOM owner pay $20K for the first word in dotNET? Or a co.uk owners of a hot emerging Payments and Extreme Sports space keywords pay $42-240K for the matching dotCOM? Or a .Net owner in Australia paying. As you see the market is Global and competition is not just among all the JohnSmith's in the US for JohnSmith.com but worldwide. So setting up a future and language-based brokerage was a brilliant play!
Take a look at some of December's record-breaking sales. Though the prices attached are only my best guesses based on previous quotes, among them are newly minted brands that will soon become household words.
The best news is that if you use Frank Schilling's team to broker your own names, all of the infrastructure, expertise and reputation he has built, accrues to you. (More even exciting news about that next week at NamesCon).
We are now playing for keeps folks, and aiming to win!
Results following screen shots!
Remember... neither Name Administration or Uniregistry reports sales or discloses revenues, so these are just guesses for comp purposes based on the screen updates you see below. Hopefully this will help you understand what names have value, what segments look for in names, how the international market differs among geographies and who might be prospects for assets you own. More importantly, for me, it is a convincing case for choosing DNS to broker you sales. Always go with the winner!
Unofficial Sampling of December Sales With Estimated Values
Autoshot.com (turnacte http://www.autoshotservices.com)
BridalFabrics.com- $18,000 DHJ WEISTERS LIMITED
BritishSoccer.com Challenger Sports
Budd.net- $21,600 (upgrade http://www.budd-pni.com)
CoinsCanada.com DFAS CORP
CoverBands.com - $40,800
CrashTestDummy.com- $18K (to http://www.humaneticsatd.com)
Ecomix.com (redirect http://www.ecomix.co.kr)
Entryleveljob.com- $26,400 collegegrad LLC
FlightMap.com- $34,800 (to Bicore)
Foodemporiums.com Key Food Stores Co-operative, Inc.
KwikPay.com- $42,000 (to http://www.kwikpay.co.uk)
Layan.com- $69,600 (to LAYAN DESIGN or Layan.Net Australia)
LifeEnergy.com- $38,400 lifeenergy
Luxtech.com- $28,800 (to truncate http://www.luxtechled.com)
Millenniumcenter.com- $16,800 (the bargain on this list - just look what it named) CBPI AG
MontagePro.com- $16K (to Mixbook.com- SOFTWARE! Dude!)
Novaiorque.com- $37,200 (to http://www.visitenovayork.com.br)
OutdoorToys.com - $42,000
PandaTrip.com- $18K RUIHUI JIA
Samedi.com- $69,600 (to https://www.samedi.de//)
Skatehut.com- $240,000 (to https://www.skatehut.co.uk)
SleepParalysis.com- $26,400 (to Pandorastar)
CHiP Sales (Estimate $16,800 to $1 Million and estimate $25 million 2015)
CSSY.COM - $38,400
JFH.NET - $$39,600