.Travel Incentive Rebate Program

.Travel Incentive rebate program for blocks of 50 renewals or registrations. Program ends March 21, 2011

Dear  EnCirca Customers;

This is notice of the launch of the .Travel Incentive Rebate Program (“Rebate Program”)  effective immediately.

The .Travel Rebate Program will provide a $20/name rebate incentive for registration or renewal of blocks of .travel names totaling 50 or more, held under the same registrant Unique Identifying Number (UIN).  In addition, all participants will receive a free search report for their domain names on the top-50 social networks.

The following are the detailed terms of the Rebate Program.  

1. The Rebate Program will be in effect from 24:01 eastern U.S. time December 21, 2010 to 24:00 eastern U.S. time March 21, 2011 (the “Term”).    All registrations and renewals must be completed within these times to be eligible for the rebate. 

2. The rebate paid by EnCirca will be $20 U.S. per name, per year of registration or renewal (the “Rebate”).

3. Only blocks of .Travel names totaling 50 names or more held under the same UIN and registered or renewed within the Term will be eligible for the Rebate. 

4. To be eligible for the Rebate you must give advance notice to EnCirca of the UIN under which the names will be registered or renewed and the total number of names and term length that will be registered or renewed.  

5. All registrations or renewals made during the period will be initially charged to your account at the  normal retail price per year. The .Travel Registry will confirm that the UIN and total registrations or renewals match the advance notice given by you and will authorize a rebate to your EnCirca account within 30 business days of completion of the registrations or renewals. 

Some additional details:

1. Any combination of renewals and new registrations are possible as long as the total number of domains is at least 50.

2. The rebate is for each year of registration.  So, multi-year registrations and multi-year renewals will get a $20 rebate for each year registered or renewed

3. If you have domains under more than one UIN, you may combine them for this program by renewing them under a common UIN.  Contact EnCirca on how to do this

4. In-coming transfers do not count towards the program.  However, you may transfer in domains and then renew them for subsequent years to qualify for the rebate.

5. You must complete your new registrations and renewals within the term of the program.  In other words, by March 21, 2011.

6. The rebate will be paid once the full block has been registered or renewed and we have verified that the block has met the requirements of the Rebate Program.

7. The rebate cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

EnCirca Support

http://www.encirca.com

Last Minute Gift Idea: Give Your Pro Their Own Internet Address

This holiday season, give your favorite professional their very own Internet identity. Today, EnCirca (www.encirca.com) announces special pricing on one year registrations for dot-Pro domains for $14.99 for the first year. What better gift is there to help the professional in your life get a jump start on Internet promotion in 2011? The dot-Pro domain name is available to all licensed professionals anywhere in the world.

“2011 will be a growth year for the economy.  Professionals can use their dot-Pro domain to showcase their resume, services, case studies and marketing materials – not to mention boost their search engine presence,” says Thomas Barrett, President of EnCirca. “By registering a dot-Pro domain, professionals are protecting their trademark, taking control of their online brand, and ensuring that customers can find them online.”

Demand for the dot-Pro Internet address has surged over 125 percent in 2010 with even more growth expected in January with new registry pricing. Licensed professionals from anywhere in the world can register a dot-Pro domain names. dot-Pro supports all professions where an official credential is required for a business or individual to offer services. Qualified businesses and professionals can register their business names, trademarks, and personal names by visiting www.encirca.com.

“Professionals need an Internet address to effectively market themselves in the global economy. The dot-Pro domain provides professionals with an address that highlights their achievements and credentials,” says Barrett. “A website is often the first touch point a professional has with a potential client. It’s crucial that the site sends the right message. A dot-Pro domain can help.”

For more information about dot-Pro domains, visit EnCirca’s dot-Pro page.

Some ideas for finance professionals to promote themselves via search engines.

Finance-related domains have yielded the highest auction prices for the .Pro top-level domain. A generic keyword is a perfect way for a certified public accountant or certified financial planner to promote themselves via the search engines.

Finance-related domains have yielded the highest auction prices for the .Pro top-level domain.  A generic keyword is a perfect way for a certified public accountant or certified financial planner to promote themselves via the search engines.  So, here is another group that might of interest:

TICKER.PRO

SHAREHOLDER.PRO 

BUYING.PRO

SELLING.PRO

TRADES.PRO

OVERDRAFT.PRO

BETS.PRO

TAXCREDIT.PRO

TAXCREDITS.PRO

SMALLCAP.PRO

SMALLCAPS.PRO

STOCKQUOTE.PRO

IRAS.PRO

TECHSTOCKS.PRO

 All domains are available for immediate auction at http://www.encirca.com/cgi-bin/auctions/list.cgi?tld=pro

.Jobs Poised to Offer New Listing Service for Employers

The .Jobs Registry is poised to offer a new jobs listing service for employers after ICANN’s reaffirmation of their registry service request. To take advantage of this new service, employers must first register a .Jobs domain, such as companyname.jobs.

Employers will have soon have a new option for advertising their jobs listings, provided they have a dot-Jobs domain name.   A proposal by the dot-Jobs registry to distribute job listings to a network of portals was approved by ICANN back in August but was being challenged by job board operators, such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.  The ICANN Reconsideration Committee last week decided in favor of the dot-Jobs Registry.

To take advantage of this service, employers must first register a dot-Jobs domain, such as companyname.jobs.  Secure your companyname.jobs domain here.

For the full decision and rationale from ICANN, you can visit: http://icann.org/en/committees/reconsideration/bgc-recommendation-09dec10-en.pdf

.Pro dropping its prices in January

The .Pro Registry has announced it is dropping its wholesale pricing for second-level dot-pro domain names to match the dot-com registry. This change will be effective January 1, 2011. Recent sales of .Pro domains include: RealEstate.pro for $14,000, Insurance.pro for $6,500, and Mortgage.pro for $4,300.

The  .Pro Registry has announced it is dropping its wholesale pricing for second-level domain names to match the dot-com registry.  This change will be effective January 1, 2011.

Eligibility for .Pro is limited to licensed professionals.  However, they may be from any profession and from any country in the world.  There is no limit to how many domains a registrant may have.  All registrants must agree to follow a Use policy for their domains.

There are about 50,000 .Pro domain name registrations today.   This change should provide a growth spurt for the extension. 

Recent sales of .Pro domains include: RealEstate.pro for $14,000, Insurance.pro for $6,500, and Mortgage.pro for $4,300.

2011 Boston Marathon Training Begins

I am proud to be running the 2011 Boston Marathon for the GoKids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on improving the health, wellness, and overall outlook for adolescents, pre-teens and teens. Donations of any size are much appreciated. Please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/thomasbarrett

I am proud to be running the 2011 Boston Marathon for the GoKids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on improving the health, wellness, and overall outlook for adolescents, pre-teens and teens. 

We have all heard the news of growing waistlines across America.   We need to get serious about getting and staying healthy.  An essential first step is developing life-long habits for regular exercise and healthy nutrition in our youth.

This is where GoKids comes in.  Their mission is to improve the health, wellness, and overall outlook for adolescents, pre-teens and teens.  Their programs provide kids personalized instruction and support to become more physically active, improve fitness, eat nutritiously, and gain self-confidence.

Working with the University of Massachusetts in Boston, GoKids Boston is a living laboratory that engages undergraduate and post-graduate students of a variety of health and education disciplines including, exercise science, nursing, education, and psychology.  The college students carry the GoKids mission into the community as fitness leaders and educators.

I have two goals:  raising funds for this worthwhile cause and finishing the marathon, scheduled in April 18, 2011.  At age 51, it will be my first-ever marathon.  Donations of any size are much appreciated.  To donate, please go to http://www.firstgiving.com/thomasbarrett

Thank you very much.

Thomas Barrett

Boston, MA USA

SantaClaus.Pro and Santa.Pro are for sale

Do you run a Christmas-oriented business? Get your business ranked at the top in the search engines with SANTACLAUS.PRO and SANTA.PRO. Available for auction via http://www.encirca.com

Get in the holiday spirit with these .Pro domains

Do you run a Christmas-oriented business?  Get your business ranked at the top in the search engines with 

SANTACLAUS.PRO and SANTA.PRO.  See http://www.encirca.com for more details.

 

Last day to sign-up for .Pro 3-letter auction

November 15 at 8pm PST is the sign-up deadline for the first release of 3-letter .Pro domain names. The first batch of 12 names include: eco.pro, dog.pro,dui.pro, ale.pro, eye.pro, tea.pro, ask.pro, run.pro, sax.pro, ear.pro, hip.pro, ssl.pro

Tonight at 8pm PST is the deadline for participating in the first .Pro auction of 3-letter domains.  The auction begins on November 16.  My favorite among the list is Ask.Pro.

This auction looks to be a practice run for the registry as there are more valuable strings yet to be released.  The first batch of 12 names include: eco.pro, dog.pro,dui.pro, ale.pro, eye.pro, tea.pro, ask.pro, run.pro, sax.pro, ear.pro, hip.pro, ssl.pro

If interested, you need to submit a starting bid by November 15, 2010 at 8pm California, USA time.  Namejet is conducting the auction at: http://www.namejet.com/Pages/Promos/Promo_dotPRO_1.aspx

.Jobs Sponsor Responds Charter is Intact

The .Jobs domain moved one step closer today to offering .jobs registrants an innovative new service for recruiting new employees. In a response posted today on ICANN’s website by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), SHRM has succinctly dispelled whether the proposed new service changes the .jobs Charter.

The .Jobs domain moved one step closer today to offering .jobs registrants an innovative new service for recruiting new employees.

The Registry has proposed using generic .Jobs domains, such as city names and occupational names, to help employers promote their job openings.  The idea has been opposed by a coalition of existing job board operators. 

The coalition of job boards have argued that a new service of allocating .Jobs domain names that did not match a company name and displayed content from third party websites changed the .Jobs charter

In a response posted today on ICANN’s website by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Sponsor for .Jobs, SHRM has succinctly dispelled whether the proposed new service changes the .Jobs Charter. 

SHRM’s response is simple and clear: the .Jobs charter remains intact with the new Registry service.

We believe that the decision to approve Employ Media’s proposal for the .JOBS TLD does serve the needs of the international human resource management community. After extensive discussions, the PD [Policy Development] Council was of the opinion that the changes requested by Employ Media would provide useful information sources for those in the Community such as those who are involved in staffing and talent management.

A close reading of the .Jobs Charter ( located here: http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/jobs/appendix-S-06aug10.htm), shows that there is no language in the Charter restricting .Jobs registrations to the names of a company or limiting content to that of a single entity. 

Although allowed by the Charter, these restrictions were in place as a result of operational policy determined between SHRM and Employ Media, the registry operator for .Jobs.  Policy that SHRM and Employ Media are empowered to change as long as they are consistent with the Charter.

The straighforward response to ICANN from SHRM is here:  http://www.icann.org/en/committees/reconsideration/shrm-answers-to-bgc-questions-12nov10-en.pdf.

Hopefully, the ICANN Reconsideration Committee moves quickly and decides in SHRM’s favor.  If they do, it would be another vote for encouraging marketplace competition, along with ICANN’s recent decision allowing cross-ownership of registries and registrars.

 

Tom Barrett

EnCirca

ICANN’s Brave Decision – Who are the Winners and Losers?

ICANN’s decision to remove all cross-ownership restrictions between registries and registrars is a brave one in light of the chorus of doomsayers crying that consumers would be harmed by new registry business models and by having additional choices for their internet presence. The real winners will be the major internet brands. Who are the biggest losers? The Registrar channel. It is time to start competing.

ICANN has decided to remove restrictions for cross-ownership of registries and registrars.

Who are the Winners and Losers?

ICANN’s decision to remove all cross-ownership restrictions between registries and registrars is a brave one in light of the chorus of doomsayers crying that consumers would be harmed by new registry business models and by having additional choices for their internet presence.

I think history will show that this decision is the correct one from a consumer’s perspective.

Within the domain name ecosystem, who are the winners and losers?

In terms of winners, it’s not the registrars who have been itching to become registries.  None of their offerings will threaten the dominance of dot-com.  Rather the real winners will be the major brands on the internet:  Apple, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Microsoft.  All of them already have more users than any registrar or registry.  Any one of these could launch their own TLD to rival dot-com.

Who are the biggest losers?  The Registrar channel.  Registrars will no longer be assured of being able to offer new TLD’s to their customers.  Registries will start to bypass their registrar partners and deal directly with end-users.

Registries will do just fine as their customers are not going anywhere.  But they need to become more agressive in new product offerings in they want to grow.  Innovation is necessary for both registries and registrars to remain relevant.  This should be exciting!