by Stephen Douglas
President of SuccessClick.com
(With Honors To Michael (EmBee) Berkens, and support from hundreds of novice and professional domainers. Everything here is a conglomeration of many domainers assisting me, and preparing me for this event. Thank you to ALL!)
The following information regards the participation of buying/selling domains in the Future Trend Domain Auction™, and the importance of these domains in the near future.
Innovation. Technology. Future Trends. These are the building blocks of New Media marketing through keyword descriptive domains of products and services, many that are already maturing. This is the first-ever category auction in this niche, and this is what you’ve read and heard about for the last four months: the Future Trend Domain Auction™.
The Auction Date Has Been Officially Set, and the Production information is below:
DATE: June 21 – June 28, 2011
AUCTION HOST: Moniker Showcase
ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS: Powered by Snapnames.com
After the record-breaking comments replying to the blog article written by Michael Berkens about 3D domains being “the next big thing” less than a year ago, it was time for me to break out the big guns and start introducing the area of domain investing that I initiated back in 2003 – buying “Future Trend Domains”.
The topic of Berken’s blog article was so fascinating and full of promise that over 2,650 comments have been posted to date on his blog. This feat has never been done before in the history of domain investment discussions and it stands alone as the pinnacle of domain topic interests, equal to that of geo-specific domains, and beyond any new TLD being introduced.
Because of the impact Michael Berken’s “3D” article has had on the domain community (truckloads of opinions, a literal “Fort Knox” of domains presented for “acceptance”, and thousands of questions answered, with amazing new technologies revealed), Successclick.com decided that the time for producing the Future Trend Domain Auction™ had clearly come.
After talking with every reputable domain auction site we determined it always came down to who we trusted the most: The Moniker Showcase and Snapnames. With almost a decade of experience, and tens of $millions in domains sold, we believe that Moniker (a company of Oversee.net) is a continuing force behind domain promotions and sales in our industry.
There are going to be new ways in marketing these Future Trend (FT) domains. Important responsibilities will be expected from every domain owner whose domains have officially been accepted. Every person wanting to get involved in this auction (we’re looking to go directly to end users, but domainers are also welcome) will receive a detailed catalog description of every domain, so as a potential buyer, you will be able to read and follow the media connected to the domain, showing the power of each domain’s potential to be an easily recognized “consumer/business” trend. As a seller, your responsibility in this auction will be to let them know exactly what you have, and why it’s worth big bucks.
To get your domains reviewed by the Moniker team next week in the first submission of FT domains (we have already over 500 domains to appraise), please submit them before Monday this week at midnight PST. Don’t fret if you don’t make it, because the deadline for submissions officially is May 22. But if you get them in today, you’ll get a jump on competitors because on Tuesday, the first “FT FILE LIST #1” will be submitted for review by Moniker and Successclick.
NOTE: If you’ve already submitted your 10 domains for initial review, you may switch them out if you feel an absolute need, but the administrative cost will be $25 for this changing of your domains and resubmitting them in the main list. We suggest not doing this, since there most likely will be another Future Trend Domain Auction™ later this year.
RULES TO SUBMIT YOUR DOMAINS FOR REVIEW:
1) Send NO MORE THAN TEN (10) DOMAINS that cover these areas of future trends:
- Solar Energy
- Cellphone Technology
- Alternative Energy (wind, wave, thermal, water, other)
- Green (any domain with the adjective “green”)
- 3D – (all areas of 3D technology)
- Holo- (Holographs, Holograms, Holographics)
- Virtual – (manufactured reality, visual, audio)
DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN TEN OR WE WILL NOT REVIEW THEM – (If we have to respond to you to give you directions, it will cost $25 for administrative costs)
Please submit the ten domains of your choice in an Excel sheet with two columns:
Column #1 = “Domain Name” and Column #2 = “Reserve Price”
You can submit the domains in a CSV file if you prefer (Comma Separated Version)
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Please give a RESERVE PRICE for EACH domain. If you want to open up the bidding on your domain at any price, (No Reserve), please write either “ZERO” or “No Reserve” behind the domains you want listed this way. Warning: If you don’t give a reserve price, or a low price, your domain could be bought for much less than you expected
PLEASE include your NAME and EMAIL address INSIDE your domain file.
NOTE: Title your file of domains with your LAST NAME and the current month and year, which looks something like this: “LASTNAME_4_2011.xls”. This way we can locate your file quickly.
By the first week of June or earlier, you will be notified if your domains have been accepted into the Future Trend Domain Auction™. That notification will include further processing on your part, where you will have to enter into an agreement with Moniker/Snapnames and meet their requirements to have your domains listed. You can decide at that point if you want to continue with the auction.
NOTE: There WILL be an exclusivity clause, so we recommend you DO NOT list your domains elsewhere BEFORE you participate in this auction. If you have done that already, you must “delist” your domains at other sites in order to participate in the Future Trend Domain Auction™ to avoid confusion for our buyers.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team at: EMAIL BELOW!
SUCCESSCLICK – (at) — gmail.com
Because of the high level of submissions and interest, expect up to 72 hours or more for a response.
We’re very excited about this event, as it has been over eight years in the making!
REQUEST TO MY POWERUL DOMAINER FRIENDS: Please help support this auction if you feel there is a “future” to it. Many of the domains are slamdunks, and we feel will sell for very reasonable prices. You will get great domain names, but also help in promoting a new sector of domains to the New Media market. I’ve already received quite a few supportive emails from some of the biggest domainers, and that is very appreciated, so thanks! Your connections and power can make this auction a love fest, and that’s something that could be groundbreaking on its own! Isn’t it time domainers stop bickering and start promoting their industry?
Let’s have fun with this! (and if you read this whole blog, you obviously have a good attention span and a high IQ!)
Good Luck to All!
Stephen Douglas (Successclick.com)