Brand Simplicity - Brand Trust - Brand Loyalty
It all starts with an idea, Amazon.com Facebook.com Apple.com - ideas turn into domain names which become house hold brands creating opportunity, jobs, creating culture and breaking down barriers
To own a word that can command a thought, product, or service, is tangible and invaluable. You have your own distribution network that is pre-branded. That saves global businesses millions of dollars in marketing.
Why are some domain names so expensive?
Why are some houses more expensive than others? Digital real estate is the same in terms of value. A domain name is worth $0 to company A and $1m to company B. The value comes down to various key factors and the potential ROI for the new owner over the life time of ownership and the raw brand equity globally in the term of the domain!
Just like fine Wine, domains get more valuable with time! The older the internet gets the less meaningful, memorable, brandable domains are available for use, thus they yield higher value. Aged domains also tend to have higher backlinks and traffic than freshly registered domains.
Domains which relate to certain industries have far higher value. If you look at the finance industry which is worth trillions, domains like finance.com money.com loans.com are worth minimum 7 figures. These names have high search volume and far greater brand equity than for example WeSellCheapLoans.com (no offence to whoever owns this name). One word English dictionary domain names sell typically for 5/7 figures. This year Hippo.com sold for $3.3m Floor.com $3.1m Marketing.com $2.5m meme.com $1.25m
The world is turning digital and digital real estate has never been in such high demand. Brands are literally buying up premium names left right and centre to secure their future in this digital world. As one word names become rare, 2 word names are increasing in value faster than a stolen Ferrari. Sales this year: GoBet.com $850k LiveWire.com $632k ZeroCarbon.com $600k WorldClass.com $400k
If you think spending for example $200k on a premium domain name is too expensive, but your company spends the same every year on janitorial products/tea/coffee and biscuits, would be wise to rethink your brand strategy. Domain names are balance sheet assets NOT P&L expense, they appreciate in value every year. The ROI over the life time of ownership completely outweighs the initial investment. Email security, brand protection, brand credibility, brand simplicity and trust, the ability to leverage the asset and pivot the brand; to some companies that's worth millions.