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Brandable Names (.uk ccTLD only)?

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  1. aZooZa

    aZooZa Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Well, I admit I was quite disparaging about the concept of selling domains with logos in this thread:

    https://www.acorndomains.co.uk/threads/what-to-do-with-this-brandable-names-idea.157789/

    Hardly surprising reading through it that it developed into a comedy, but nevertheless, perhaps there's some mileage in this model - purely for .uk ccTLD domains.

    Some .com players:

    BrandBucket https://www.brandbucket.com/
    Brandpa https://brandpa.com/
    BrandableNames.com https://brandablenames.com/

    Then I got to thinking about it a little more, and remembered the exact domain in my portfolio; owned it for ages: BrandableNames (co.uk). The above three resellers don't deal in anything but .com - so is there a niche for UK domains?

    Rather than turn this post into a behemoth treatise, I was wondering what Acorn members might think in principle.

    1. No lofty sale prices - perhaps £30 - £200.

    2. Ideal for moving stuff that doesn't stand a chance of making the £50 on DL. I see good candidates for this every day in DL's "Hidden Gems".

    3. Have to be a little picky in the quality - no obvious silliness.

    4. Logos would be simple to do by us.

    5. Charging model? No idea. Subscription/Commission/PAYG?

    6. Marketed using affiliates, AdWords and SocMed.

    7. In-house free escrow.

    I see many folk here who I know have large and sticky portfolios - maybe this could be for you?

    Short and sweet, I know. All comments below and PMs gratefully received!

    Cheers

    Dale
     
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  3. Pierre Barnard

    Pierre Barnard Active Member

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    Great question/idea Dale! A brandable marketplace for UK names. I would definitely be interested.
     
  4. ian

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    Charge on the basis of a sale, this way, you'll ensure domains are vetted and of a suitable quality for you to put the time in to creating a logo. Minimum term (so sellers don't pull them days after you've put the effort in, otherwise penalty clause). Be careful of trademarks / similar logos (could be a minefield). Good luck.
     
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    fuzzer Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    Interesting idea Dale. Personally I think a simple logo done right can really help sell a domain. If you’re selling a car, you clean it - if a house, you do it up a bit. Why not use a simple method to help show off a good domain.

    If you’re going through all the effort to offer landing pages with logo and inbuilt escrow - why limit yourself to lower value domains? You could open it up and have tiered/featured domains on homepage e.g. premium and lower value brandables.
     
  6. Adam H

    Adam H Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    I've done a similar thing with a handful of my domains ( obviously just for mine rather than reseller platform ) https://www.thinkbrands.co.uk . I like the concept but I don't think it encourages any purchases, especially on a new platform where the user will have likely landed on the site via direct type in so any landing page would do the same
     
  7. aZooZa

    aZooZa Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Thanks for all the comments, people. Will mull over options.