Slamming From Half-Court

As we cross the halfway point of Q4, we have some exciting announcements to share! The first announcement is regarding Mineral.com. This domain name, assisted by one of our premium domain brokers, Hobi Michalec, was sold in the beginning of November. This particular sale is one of the most notable sales to date in Q4, as we were able to find the right buyer by leveraging and collaborating with our Flippa platform. Mineral.com was secured under our exclusivity agreement at the end of August. Hobi and our marketing team worked tirelessly in finding both the right offer and buyer for this particular asset. After 2 months of marketing Mineral.com, Hobi and the seller discussed other strategies for increasing exposure. Hobi recommended that the seller consider listing the asset on our Flippa platform. Listing on the platform allowed Hobi to continue his outbound marketing efforts while giving the domain name greater exposure through the Flippa marketplace. Mineral.com was listed in a no-reserve auction for 14 days, and after receiving 89 bids, the asset was successfully sold. The end result was a digital asset given significant exposure through broker and marketplace efforts, satisfying seller and buyer with a perfect sale.

Domain Holdings Web Summit 2015 With our ongoing commitment to being the entrepreneur’s marketplace, our team traveled in the first week of November to participate in the Web Summit in Dublin. At the conference, which boasted over 42,000 attendees from more than 134 countries, our team was able to meet and interact with venture capitalists, founders of startup companies, executives from Fortune 500 companies, and journalists from all over the world. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A flock of sheep were color coordinated with the Web Summit’s theme colors
  • An ocean of startup, alpha, and beta exhibition booths
  • Numerous speakers at the various summits that inspired and motivated us
  • #NightSummit Pub Crawls where we mingled with other attendees in a more relaxed environment

Lastly, the motto each of us should live by is: WORK HARD PLAY HARD. Domain Holdings and Flippa USA will be traveling together in a few weeks to celebrate both the holidays and our accomplishments and successes in Tulum, Mexico. Our team is looking forward spending quality time with each other under the sun, with a glass of margarita in hand.

Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for future announcements…

Sincerely,

The Domain Holdings Team

Exciting News: Flippa Acquires Domain Holdings Group

Flippa LogoToday we’re excited to announce Flippa, a #1 marketplace in the world for buying and selling websites, domains, and apps, has acquired Domain Holdings Group.

Flippa founded in June 2009 when website listings were spun out of the Sitepoint marketplace. And Flippa Domains officially emerged onto the domain aftermarket scene early last year with fewer than 3,000 live domain auctions. Due to an improved platform, user experience and growing popularity, the Flippa Domains Marketplace is now home to over 800,000 domain listings, quickly becoming a preferred space for selling and buying domains.

Both entities will continue business as usual, but the coming weeks will bring integration between the two platforms that will aim to provide the #1 experience globally for selling & buying domain names, web businesses and mobile apps. This means more opportunities to expand our buyers’ channel globally for our new and existing clients.

Flippa and Domain Holdings combined are projected to hit $70m in sales over the next 12 months.

To find out more about the acquisition or to speak to our domain brokers about your premium domains, please call this US number (561) 303.2925.

 

Meet Domain Holdings in Las Vegas at NamesCon

las-vegas-signIt’s Almost That Time of Year.

What I love most about this industry is the constant introduction of new words through the power of branding.

In my college years I would have never guessed terms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram would end up playing such a huge role in our life and yet they have.

Domain names play a critical role in this evolution of global vernacular. The most successful are typically short, brandable, memorable, pass the radio test and more. Some estimate that only 2% of registered domain names really have any value and based on the amount of domains we see it likely is a fair assumption. However it is these 2% which have incredible value and define our past, present and future. While it’s true that money can brand anything it’s also true that it costs a whole lot less with the right name.

NamesCon – The Perfect Brand

Personally, I believe NamesCon deserves a spot on the board of great brand names for 2014 as the term didn’t exist for our industry until (what seemed to be overnight) Richard, Jothan and Jodi branded this only a year ago.

The domain name industry is not just about domains or parking revenue anymore. It’s about naming all together and the NamesCon team has it right. Our industry has been wanting to evolve for years and while the new GTLD’s helped spark everything in motion we also needed a change in conference naming ourselves. We are proud to say we not only support everything NamesCon is doing – but owe them a sincere THANK YOU for taking this leap.

Next week we will be sending 7 members of our Award Winning staff to Las Vegas to meet with customers and talk to new ones. With over 700 people in attendance my best advice is to contact us early and set up a time in advance to discuss working together.

Want to meet our Team at NamesCon?

Contact any of our team members below to reserve a time to talk about buying or selling domains. Over 700 attendees are registered so make sure to schedule something in advance!

Who is Attending?

  • Chad Folkening – Co-Founder and TRAFFIC Award Winning Domain Hall of Fame Member
  • Alan Dunn – Managing Director, TRAFFIC Hall of Fame Award Nominee
  • Joe Uddeme – Director of Business Development and 2013 TRAFFIC Broker of the Year Award Nominee
  • Mark Daniel – Director of Business Development and 2014 TRAFFIC Broker of the Year Award Nominee
  • Tracy Fogarty – Senior Domain Broker and 2014 TRAFFIC Broker of the Year Award Nominee
  • Mark Thomas – Senior Premium Domain Name Broker
  • Hobi Michalec – Premium Domain Name Broker

We are also proud sponsors of The Jenga Game at WaterNight and Women in Domaining so don’t miss out as we will have representation at these events for sure.

Contact any of our team members today. We want to be part of your strategy in 2015 and wish everyone the best of 2015 with safe travels to Las Vegas next week!

Sincerely,

Alan Signature

Managing Director
alan@domainholdings.com

 

About Domain Holdings

Domain Holdings Group, Inc. (DH) is an industry leading domain name brokerage firm specializing in the representation and acquisition of premium domain names.

Based in Delray Beach, Florida, Domain Holdings Group, Inc. was founded by a group of leading internet marketing experts whose domain industry experience dates back to 1995. The company’s award-winning, distinguished management team retains over 75 years of combined experience working with a multitude of industry-defining organizations including Advertising.com, Mail.com and America Online (AOL).

The Domain Holdings brokerage team has assisted companies globally secure domain names, websites and other digital intellectual property. Clients include many well-known brands including Wikr, Mark Cuban Companies, Match.com, Liberty Tax, Astoria Federal Savings, Envivo Pharmaceuticals, Web.com and more.

The company’s expertise includes all aspects of domain name brokerage and various naming rights such as:

  • Representation of High Valued Domains
  • Stealth Acquisitions
  • Social Media Handle Acquisitions
  • Website Sales
  • Domain Portfolio Management
  • Domain Auction Management
  • Domain Name Valuations
  • And more…
In 2014, Domain Holdings is expected to broker over $35 Million in transactions leading the industry in many key metrics including the amount of end user sales. For more information on the services of Domain Holdings please contact us.

DH Board Member cracks Inc 500 | 5000 Top 20

What started in 1982 as a print publication, the Inc. brand has grown into one of the most trusted names for entrepreneurial and business resources in print and on-line. From industry insights to profiles of professionals, it spans the volatile domestic entrepreneurial landscape to educate and inspire like-minded individuals. Among its more recognizable honors are its annual Inc. 500 | 5000 awards, which celebrate the fastest growing companies in the United States.

About the time Inc. Magazine expanded its Inc. awards from 500 to 5000 in 2007, Matias de Tezanos was on the heels of another successful venture, selling advertising network ClickDiario.com to News Corporation. Drawing on his experience of building and selling the Spanish-speaking hotel reservation site – Hoteles.com – to travel giant Expedia in 2002, his success with ClickDiario.com was no surprise.

Now in 2011, de Tezanos has been named to the Inc. 500 | 5000 list for successfully leading the Miami-based BrokersWeb to become the fastest growing insurance company in the United States. Previously, de Tezanos’ BrokersWeb received local recognition as South Florida’s Fastest Growing Company by the South Florida Business Journal.

BrokersWeb operates 12 sites, offering both insurance and end-users options for advertising and plan comparisons respectively. Ranked No. 20 overall in the Inc. 500 | 5000 list, BrokersWeb has seen an 8,127-percent three-year growth, with $15.7 million in revenue in 2010.

Adding to de Tezanos’ honors was his inclusion in Inc.com’s Top 10 Latino and Hispanic Entrepreneurs list. Interestingly, his arrival in the insurance vertical was spawned in large part because of a non-compete clause that didn’t allow him to enter the Latin Market. “I knew nothing about insurance four years ago,” de Tezanos told Inc.com. “It’s growing even faster than I thought.”

Clearly, there is little he cannot tackle.

Domain Holdings raises $2.9M in Venture Capital Funding led by Valhalla Partners, Debuts Retooled Domain Development Platform

Domain Holdings, an industry leader in domain lifecycle management and monetization, announced that it has launched its retooled domain development platform – DomainPower – on the heels of a $2.9 million Series A venture capital funding round from Valhalla Partners, WWC Capital and BrokersWeb Inc. Founder and CEO Matias De Tezanos, as well as other angel investors.

The newly launched platform is a complete rewrite of its predecessor Rapid Domain Builder, initially launched in November 2010. The rebranded DomainPower keeps its original intent as a turnkey solution for domain owners, offering vertical-specific frameworks for quick SEO-ready website development, site enhancement plug-ins and multiple revenue opportunities, all managed in one location.

“We are excited to come out of stealth mode with a new look to our award-winning platform,” Domain Holdings CEO Jason Boshoff said. “This gives users a powerful domain management and monetization solution that can help identify the overall status of a domain portfolio, recognize growth opportunities and, overall, offers easy management.”

The redesign’s primary focus was a new user interface, developing a larger selection of vertical-specific frameworks and adding domain portfolio management solutions. The newly launched UI features an upgraded dashboard, sortable by individual domain performance or a full portfolio performance overview, with real-time updates of site and portfolio statistics. Updates include revenue, traffic, traffic sources, keywords and other site vitals integral to the growth, health and maintenance of domains.

The funds raised will go to continued technological development for the DomainPower platform, including research and development of new revenue models for site users, as well as adding resources to optimize, analyze and help increase yield and domain value.

About Domain Holdings

Domain Holdings, a full-service domain lifecycle management company, is an industry leader in the acquisition, development, management and monetization of domain portfolios and premium web properties. The company was co-founded by Chad Folkening, a longtime domain industry veteran, and John Ferber, co-founder of Advertising.com which was acquired by AOL for approximately $500 million in 2004, and whose collective online products and services have grossed more than $3 billion since 1996. DomainPower is a comprehensive monetization and domain development platform, providing domain owners with a rev-share enhancement and website development solution.

About Valhalla Partners

Valhalla Partners is a partner and advisor to technology entrepreneurs in their quest to build world-class companies. Based in Vienna, Virginia, the firm’s management team has made more than 120 investments over the past twenty years and produced over $1 billion of investment proceeds. Valhalla prefers investments where the mission of the company is to innovate, challenge and fundamentally change the dynamics of new and existing markets. Investments by Valhalla’s team include Advertising.com, CareerBuilder.com, Clarify, EnterpriseDB, Epicor, Exchange Solutions, JumpTap, LeftHand Networks, Mobius, NextLink, Nirvanix, Progress Software, Proxicom, RealOps, Register.com, Riverbed Technologies, SafeNet, SEPATON, ServiceBench, SolidFire, TidalTV, Trilogy, and webMethods. Valhalla Partners brings the full power and network of its experienced team to every investment it makes, helping companies grow faster and smarter regardless of size or maturity.

For more information, go to www.valhallapartners.com.

About WWC Capital

WWC Capital is an investment banking and private equity firm dedicated to serving middle market companies in need of capital or advisory services. WWC has deep experience in the technology, government services, and new media sectors. Our professionals have extensive advisory and transaction experience in operating companies, investment banks and professional services firms. WWC principals have completed over 325 transactions totaling over $15 billion in value. WWC Capital is based in Reston, Virginia.

For more information, go to www.wwccapital.com.

Domain Holdings board member pulls down top honor

BrokersWeb named fastest growing company in South Florida by SFBJ.

Domain Holdings is pleased to announce that one of its board members earned a top honor this week. Matias de Tezanos’ company BrokersWeb, a leading performance marketing platform for insurance products, was named the fastest growing company in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal. Of the 50 finalists, BrokersWeb saw over a 300 percent growth in revenue in one year, nearly twice as much as No. 2 on the list.

The list topped out at 50, and all of the companies showed a few common characteristics. All of the companies had to be based in South Florida. They all also generated at least $1 million in revenue during 2010. Finally, all showed at least a 25 percent jump in revenue over a one-year period.

Matias has had previous success in building niche brands in the digital space with Hoteles.com and ClickDiario.com. The former was a hotel reservation directory for Spanish speakers and was acquired by Expedia in 2002. His next venture, ClickDiario.com, targeted an online network of advertisers for the Spanish-speaking web population and sold to Newscorp four years later.

Needless to say, we aren’t surprised that BrokersWeb is No. 1 based on his track record. We look forward to bigger and brighter things ahead for Matias, and are happy he is on board to help steer the ship here at Domain Holdings.

Domain Holdings Launch Party and Strategic Political Fundraiser

Mojitos, Models and Mingling: Sunday Oct 17th, 8 pm – Midnight at Domain Holdings’ Private Miami Venue – Invite Only

Domain Holdings is inviting selected domainers to join us on Sunday, October 17th from 8:00 – 9:30 pm at our Miami Style Party. Prior to the all-night festivities, we will be holding a Strategic Political Fundraiser for member of the Energy and Internet-Sub-committee, and current member and future Chairmen of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Rep. Cliff Stearns, and Junior member candidate, Rep. Todd Rokita.

Both men are an asset to our field, and your support and contributions, which are to be made directly to the candidates (don’t forget to mention you’re a domainer or own a domain industry company!), will be of great benefit to the industry.

From there, the Domain Holdings launch party will ensue from 9 pm – midnight. Guests will enjoy Miami models, Mojitos and Mingling while living it up at our exclusive party.

This is an invite only event — please RSVP. Contact chad@domainholdings.com for details.