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                          NOVEMBER 2013   l   VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2
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Yes ICANN, We've Signed!

Late last week the ICANN Registry Agreement for .CLUB Domains was signed by both parties, making us the accredited registry for the .CLUB TLD. Needless to say, this was a moment the entire .CLUB team (and our very supportive investors) have long been anticipating.  From reveal day back in 2012, to the moment we won the auction for .CLUB in June 2013 we have been eager to formalize our position as the Registry for .CLUB and become the first "top 10" generic new TLD to come to market.  We are now well on our way, and can clearly see the Sunrise ahead.  With the signed ICANN Registry Agreement completed, we can now focus our attention on signing our Registrar agreements and preparing for launch.  We are thrilled to be in the position to now move forward.

"5 Million Domains In 5 Years!"

We may have only applied for one new gTLD but that doesn't stop the .CLUB team from thinking BIG.  We have lofty goals for .CLUB and all of our resources and focus is on one thing - the success of .CLUB as a mainstream global brand.  .CLUB is all about passion, and we are not shy about our passion for .CLUB.  We are committed to presenting .CLUB as a mass-market TLD, and we're not afraid to have an aggressive five-year plan.  We like big, hairy, audacious goals.  Don't you? As part of it's series of "applicant videos" ICANN has released a short clip of .CLUB CMO Jeff Sass revealing our target goal for .CLUB. (Click here or on the image to the upper right to see the clip).

Our 5 year goal is a big one.  Frankly, we will be very successful with far fewer domains sold, but with all of our efforts behind just one name, there is no reason not to swing for the fence.  As a globally recognized word that has meaning and value across a wide range of verticals - from business to sports to retail to entertainment to lifestyle and much more - we see a broad and wide market for .CLUB names.  Everyone has a passion, and everyone can express that passion with a .CLUB name.

What's your passion?
 
  

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In The News 

How Can Retailers Benefit from New TLDs? .CLUB is featured in this article from Internet Retailer
» Coming Soon...

 
Have you registered your brand in the Trademark Clearinghouse? Now is the Time!
Some say new TLD's will hurt .COM. What do you think?
» New web names end dot-com dominance

 
How will the new TLD's change the face of the Internet?

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GoDaddy & Others Feature .CLUB as a Top New Domain

There are a lot of great new gTLDS that will be coming to market. Unfortunately, many of the names expected to be very popular (for example, .app, .shop, .web) are still in contention with several applicants and thus it is uncertain at this time when they will actually be available in the marketplace. .CLUB has consistently been listed in the top 10 or most popular new TLD's by many of the registrars currently offering pre-registrations, expressions of interest, and watch lists. With no contention and now a signed Registry Agreement .CLUB on its way to becoming the first "top" new TLD to come to market. 

Meet the .CLUB at ICANN 48

 

.CLUB domains will have a booth at the upcoming ICANN Conference to be held in Buenos Aires. Below are the details:  
Date:     17th - 21st November, 2013
Venue:  Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel            
              & Convention Center
              San Martin 1225,
              Buenos Aires 1104, Argentina 
 
We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss the .CLUB launch if you are planning to attend the ICANN conference. If you are available to meet, please email nivu@dotclub.com to schedule a mutually convenient appointment to meet with the .CLUB team.
 

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From Left to right: Michael Berkens(TheDomains.com),                                                                                Lonnie Borck(B52 Media) & Jeff Sass (.CLUB)
     Jeff Sass (.CLUB) and Victor Pitts(Above.com) 

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Happy to be Stuck in T.R.A.F.F.I.C
 
The .CLUB team recently participated in the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference at the Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale.  T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is a leading conference for the domain investor industry, and the packed schedule included sessions focused on the ins and outs of buying and selling domain names, as well as an actual live domain auction.

"I like .CLUB.  You know why? Because I can think of many things to put before .CLUB."  
                                                                               - Rick Schwartz, The Domain King

.CLUB's CMO Jeff Sass appeared on the panel billed as the main event: “gTLD Mania – Team Schwartz vs. Team Schilling in a Tag Team Debate about the future.”  The panel was an energetic, at times heated, discussion about the future of the Internet, the impact of the introduction of some 700 new generic domain extensions, and the world according to .com.   It was a lot of fun, and presented a lot of thought provoking insights into what may (and may not) happen as the Internet namespace expands dramatically. In addition to Jeff, the panel consisted of Rick Schwartz , T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founder; Lonnie Borck, B52 MediaFrank Schilling, Uniregistry; Monte Cahn, Right of the Dot;  and Tim Johnson, .KIWI.

The Internet namespace is a big and complex ecosystem, and domain investors play an important role.  It was great to see .CLUB embraced by the community at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.   Even Rick, who has been publicly less than favorable about the new gTLDs, acknowledge that he liked .CLUB...  Click the button below to see the video of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Panel.

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.CLUB Pre-Reg grows by 225

.CLUB was well represented at the recent NewDomains.Org conference in Munich, Germany, where CEO Colin Campbell was on a panel and .CLUB was mentioned as a top gTLD example during many of the sessions.  During the conference it was also announced that .CLUB has selected SEDO as it's auction provider for Sunrise and Landrush, as well as partnering with SEDO for Premium names.  During one presentation by 1and1's Tom Keller, .CLUB was cited as growing pre-registrations by 225% since making it into the Top 30.


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Founders.CLUB  

We are currently talking with companies and brands interested in our “Founder’s Club” program.  This is an opportunity for high profile companies or brands to get a premium .CLUB name under special arrangements.  Members of the Founder's Club must agree to use and promote their .CLUB name and will also be featured in our launch advertising campaign and be eligible for a number of other co-marketing opportunities. 

If you are interested in applying for the Founders.Club, please
email Jeff Sass.


CEO, Colin Campbell Speaks at NamesCon

A new domain investor show has arrived: NamesCon. The show, backed by well known domainer Richard Lau, has over 30 presentations from speakers like Paul Nicks from Godaddy to Frank Schilling from Uniregistry. Colin Campbell (CEO) of .CLUB will be speaking at the NamesCon Conference about the benefits of investing in new gTLD domains. The show will be  held at the newly renovated Tropicana in Las Vegas from the 13th-15th of January.

NamesCon has offered all .CLUB enthusiasts a discount on the registration fee. Use this promo code “DOTCLUB” to get a discount on the registration fee for the conference.

 

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