Live Auctions and a Virtual Tradeshow - July 24th
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It Is Great To Be LIVE!

It is just two months since we launched .CLUB into General Availability on May 7th and it has been an amazing first eight weeks.  After a very strong first day with over 32,000 names registered, we're now the best-selling new domain with over 80,000 names served!  We are extremely grateful to our registrar partners all over the world who have been doing a fantastic job of marketing .CLUB to their customers. 

Even though we are still just a TLD toddler, there are already several thousand websites using a .CLUB domain name, with new sites being launched every single day.  The new .CLUB sites run the gamut from re-directs to Facebook pages or an existing site, to brand new business built upon a .CLUB name, to blogs, existing clubs, and even folks who are re-directing their old domain names to their new .CLUB address.  The most exciting thing about being the registry for .CLUB is to see all these sites in use and to get emails and messages from .CLUB registrants sharing their excitement about their domain names and their new businesses and websites.  


It is great to see so many new .CLUB websites launching, all over the world, and in a wide range of “Club” verticals, from celebrity fan clubs, to comedy clubs, to sports clubs and innovative new businesses. You can always see examples of new .CLUB websites here.

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Superstars use .CLUB for their Fan Club Websites!

One of the many great uses for a .CLUB name is for a fan club so we’re thrilled to welcome two very successful celebrities into the .CLUB family. On May 22nd well known rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson launched his own .CLUB fan site at www.50inda.club, and we celebrated both the launch of .CLUB and 50′s new site at an exclusive party at Tao Downtown in New York City. Click here to watch the 50 Cent highlights video.  It was an awesome event, with many of our partners and registrars in attendance, along with many representatives of the domain industry and mainstream media.
 
Following the launch of the 
50inda.club fan site, superstar Demi Lovato launched her own new Fan Club at Lovato.Club. The talented young singer, actress and TV judge (American “X Factor”) has set out to give her biggest fans an awesome VIP experience with her Lovato.club fan club website. Lovato announced the launch of Lovato.club with a clever YouTube video in the style of a mini late-night infomercial.  It has over 400,000 views and you can watch it here.

Other celebrity sites include fitness phenom Tiffany Rothe, who has re-branded her Inner Circle FitClub website as www.icfc.club.

Watch for more fan .CLUB sites coming soon!


Premium .CLUB namesPremium Name Sales

There is already a robust marketplace for premium .CLUB names as well as an active aftermarket.  To date, there has been more than $600,000 in .CLUB premium name sales.  Recent reported sales include:

Eat.club - $20,000
onlinecasino.club - $7,500 
English.club - $17,500 
chinese.club - $13,750 
toys.club - $12,500 
meet.club - $12,500 
talk.club - $10,000 
russia.club - $10,000 
black.club - $10,000 
world.club - $7,500 
racing.club - $7,500 
hot.club - $7,500 ​ 

Many .CLUB names are listed at Sedo and some super-premium names are handled by Right of the Dot.

   
In The News 


 Strong Move from Google in the Internet Industry
 

.CLUB: A Successful gTLD Launch 
» Why is .CLUB Succeeding?


My Eatclub.com acquires EAT.CLUB
» .CLUB Domain tops last weeks end user domain name sales

 
Is this the most expensive new TLD sale yet>  

 
Get the Most updated gTLD stats here!
» NameStat.org Offers New gTLD Info

 
Will .TRUST add authenticity to banks and other institutions?

  

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Everyone's in the .CLUB 

We put together a short video to highlight some of the sites that are already using .CLUB, as well as some of the advertising and promotion we've done over the past few months.  We're still in the early days, but we are very happy with the adoption of .CLUB so far and the great feedback we have been getting from end-users and partners alike.

You can click the button below to watch the video. Enjoy!

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Visit .CLUB At The First Virtual Domain Conference on July 24th!

Michael Marcovici's DomainIndex.com, is organizing Webfair Virtual 2014 a 3D virtual trade show serving the Domain, Hosting and SEO Industries. The event is built on Hyperfair's virtual platform where exhibitors can design their own booths with custom graphics and can also list their products, provide brochures, give links to their websites, chat live with attendees and more (think, a trade show inside of "Second Life"). The event starts on June 24th (9pm U.S. Eastern Time) and ends on June 25th (6pm U.S. Eastern Time). The event expects about 5,000 attendees and about 100 exhibitors.  Unlike the many events we attend IRL (in real life) this virtual show requires no hotel booking or traveling and you can attend from the comfort of your own home or office.  .CLUB is very happy to be an exhibitor at this groundbreaking event and we hope to "see" you there, virtually! 

For registration information please click here.

  Virtual Webfair.CLUB  


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5 Premium .CLUB Names In Latest Auction

Prestigious Auction House Heritage Auctions has recently added domain names to its portfolio of high value items and properties for auction.  We are pleased to have some .CLUB names up for auction in the current "Domain Names & Intellectual Properties #1120" auction, which concludes on July 24th.

The following .CLUB names are being offered in this Heritage Auction:


Bitcoin.club – An ideal domain for a thriving business around the world’s leading digital monetary platform.  Are you ready to join the Bitcoin.club?
 

Baby.club  - Every parent on the planet has been a member of the baby club, and baby products are a multi-billion dollar industry.  This domain name represents a very grown-up opportunity for the successful Baby.club bidder.
 

Luxury.club – Exclusivity.  Value.  Both aspects of Luxury, and both aspects of a great Club.  This auction presents you with the opportunity to not only be a member of the Luxury.club, but you can be an owner as well.
 

ComicBooks.club – Collectors know the long-term value of comic books, and the vibrant community around classic and current comics.  
 

CoinCollecting.club – There are countless Coin Collecting Clubs throughout the world.  There are a literal mint of golden  business opportunities around the CoinCollecting.club domain.

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 Thank you Domainer's Choice Awards!

Recently, a group of Domain Investor luminaries were gathered at the Dana Point Yacht Club (yup, at a Club) for the 2014 Domainer’s Choice Awards.  The 2014 Nomination categories ran from Domain Ambassador Award, Best Domain Conference, Best Domain Publication to Best Domain Auctions etc. We were honored to be nominated for “Favorite New gTLD” alongside .app and .web, and as reported in The Domains, .CLUB was the Domainer’s Choice Winner in our category.

Thank you again to all who voted, and big Congrats to all the winners as reported in
The Domains Article.


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.CLUB Team at WHD.India & Hostingcon 2014 (Miami)


Meet the .CLUB Team: 
Jeff Sass

Having joined the .CLUB team in March of 2012, Jeff has been at the helm of .CLUB's marketing machine even before we were officially a Registry. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer BarPoint.com in 1999. An avid blogger and social media enthusiast (and self-proclaimed gadget geek) Jeff is a frequent speaker and panelist and has had articles published in AdAge, Forbes, DMNews, Mobile Marketer, iMedia Connection and others. He served as an Intel Advisor and Sony Digidad and is a graduate of Cornell University.

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