Eric Lyon

Closed an unexpected domain sale with a stranger at Denny's

By Eric Lyon, Jan 28, 2015
  1. An eye opener for anyone with a domain portfolio for sale should be that selling one of those properties can be as easy as going out to dinner.

    Last night, my fiancée and I were debating what we should do for dinner. We went back and forth with different options and finally decided that the cost effectiveness of the Denny's $2-$8 menu was right on target for our needs and budget that night. Like finding a great deal on a domain, I tend to look for good deals on other things in life as well. We eventually decided going to Denny’s for the night.

    When we were seated at our booth, we looked over the menu. During which, my phone beeped with a notification. I reached into my pocket to pull out my phone and didn't notice that some of my business cards fell on the floor.

    Out of the corner of my eye, I notice a man staring over at us, making hand gestures.

    To my surprise, after trying to avoid conversation, I saw him walking over towards our table. At first, I tried to fight the urge to turn and look, but I couldn’t help it. I put my phone down a bit and shifted my body around so that I could face him and respond with tact.

    When he gets to the table, he bends over to pick up the business cards on the floor while saying, “Excuse me, but you dropped something.” As he straightens up, I notice that he's reading one of the cards, and he asks, “What is NamePros?” Naturally, I start explaining what it is, the benefits of being a member, and more.

    A surprise reveals itself when he tells me he owns a couple domains already and asks if he could keep one of my cards.

    He inquired about what type of domains I own and invest in.

    Making a long story short, within 15 minutes of talking about my own domains, he makes an offer and we close a deal right there at Denny's. It was a small sale, which holds a verbal non-disclosure agreement. Nevertheless, it opened my eyes and reminded me the basic fundamental of having business cards in the first place: they will never work if they remain in the box.

    I'm hoping the gentlemen already has or will eventually sign-up on NamePros to expand his domain investing adventures.

    After that, I not only put a business card in the condiments carrier on the table before we left, but I also wrapped a business card with my Tip for the waitress.

    What's the bottom line of my story? The ABC’s.

    Always Be Closing, or in this case, marketing. You never know when or where you'll run into an end user.
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  4. Eric Lyon

    About The Author — Eric Lyon

    Eric Lyon is located in Houston, TX and has been a registered member of NamePros since Aug 17, 2009 with 426 followers and 21,170 posts. From those posts, 1,064 members have been thankful for them and 1,703 members have liked them.

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    Cool, nice to know that people are treating the domain industry like any other proper business! B-)
  7. Nattydomain

    Nattydomain Reuse Domains VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    cool. That is the power of domains. No matter where you are they will be a need for a domain. Even at Dennys :)
  8. Andee Hill

    Andee Hill VIP Member PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Very cool. This works because you are passionate about what you do.
  9. Blake

    Blake Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Thanks for sharing and you are absolutely right! Congrats to you and the person who contacted you as well. Just got to ask ....what did you end up having from Denny's? I love their all star any rate it's very inspiring when people share stories like this one.

    Blake A. Worthington
  10. johname

    johname Planet Futbol VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Congratz on this and the sale
  11. I had the $4 biscuits and gravy which normally comes with 1 biscuit (cut in half) smothered in sausage gravy, hash browns, and 1 egg. However I substituted the egg for another biscuit (at no additional charge). :) it was just the right amount to curb my hunger and not over fill me. ;)
  12. N-A

    N-A Account Closed

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    Well, I hope you and your fiancée can remain frugal, except get to enjoy many more little things in life from the undisclosed amount that you received from what could have turned out to be an awkward situation.

    Congrats on getting engaged, selling a domain how you did and picking the best sounding item on the menu right now. :rolleyes:
  13. Thanks, and the menu Item I chose reminded me of SOS / RATs / MREs, or a combination of the 3. Which I'm sure you enjoyed plenty of as well at one time :p :) -
  14. baseballworld

    baseballworld Restricted (Market)

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    Funny you mention this Eric earlier this month I was at the dentist giving coding advice for there new website and they wanted to know if I could help build it for them
  15. Maxwell

    Maxwell Top Contributor VIP

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    Would be funny if it was at namebio and it said
    Sales Venue: Denny's
  16. hn

    hn Top Contributor VIP

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    Wow. Congrats! Great to know people are slowly realising the power of domains. Good that more awareness is being created about selecting the right domain for the business is as important as your business location.
  17. NameOmnia

    NameOmnia alea iacta est VIP

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    YAY! Congratulations!
    As my Master Teacher says : always expect the unexpected!

    Just a side note....poor your GF though! She must have been bored like hell thinking.." oh no....not domaining again..." lol
  18. FPForum

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    Nice one, Eric. It can happen anytime and anywhere... It's also good to have business cards on hand in case the place you're at as a bowl where they draw for free lunches or gifts :)
  19. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Congrats Eric, I didn't know you were engaged. All the best.
  20. DNabc

    DNabc Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    It's always refreshing to read stories like this one :D Congratulations for closing that sale and the engagement.
    @baseballworld I have done the same with two dentists, lol.
  21. DomainingCom

    DomainingCom VIP Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Nice story Eric.

    First wow, cannot believe there are restaurants charging less than $8 the menu without lose money... Wondering what you can eat at that price? Or maybe is just a way to attract clients who after spend much more on extras like beverage.

    Second, this outlines very well that market his site, his domains will finish paying. When you less expect it this effort will lead to a new member, or a sale. And that's sure that business cards are just one of the most basic and cheapest ways to do it, while they don' stay in the box (I smiled reading this).

    Third, myself when I meet people and my sister or wife is present, both use to warn people: Do not ask him anything about his business or he will not stop speaking. I noticed it also happen the same to you ... LOL
  22. @ Everyone - I appreciate all the thanks :) - And my Fiancee is used to my domain industry ramblings now days, or at least she pretends to be :P :)

    @DomainingCom - Ya, there are some great deals out there to be had. To see what's on some Denny's $2 to $8 menus here's one of their official online menus (Some locations menus vary):

    Sometimes I even leave a business card in the bathroom on my way out. A couple years ago i acquired a design client that way. Though, it was a special kind of card; On one side I printed "Turn me over and read me, you know you want to!" (That side always faced up.) And the other side had "Ha, Ha, I made you look, now put me in your pocket in case you need my services later" followed by my contact details and what the business does. ;)
  23. bonavee

    bonavee Established Member

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    :D Eric, why have you decided to whet my appetite? Take it easy buddy, easy please. Anyway, kudos to you for the initiative, albeit 'accidental'. More :$::$::$: to your pocket. Cheers!
  24. johnn

    johnn PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    New Market. Print more business cards and drop them at McDonald, Wendys, Burger King, etc....

    You never know.
  25. Whilst that sounded funny at first. It actually has logic behind it, since many in the fast food industry are looking for ways to better their life and make more money. Domain investing is an affordable venture they can make low risk investments to work towards theirs goals. It's definitely a bit more cut and dry than all the affiliate / mlm / pyramid stuff many get sucked into. And even if they wanted to do affiliate still, they may need domains to develop their portals on ;).

    Granted, they may not be buying at end user prices or $1k+ aftermarket at first. But they could very well be getting their feet wet in the 3 digit ball park till they get the hang of it.
  26. johnn

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    Years ago one of my friend who is a Real Estate Agent. He printed lot of business cards and throw them out at local Sports events. It works.
  27. Soofi

    Soofi Love Domain Names PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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  28. tal

    tal Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Congrats to Eric! Best of Good luck!
  29. pchip

    pchip Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Eating at Denny's would be the last place I would expect to make a domain deal, who would have guessed!

    I feel inclined to share a funny story that has nothing to do with domains but everything to do with not rushing to judgment about someone approaching you that you don't know. Some strange guy staring at you at Denny's might give you the wrong impression about his intensions. I would have immediately thought, "what the heck is this idiot staring at".

    Many years ago, my wife and I moved into a new house. We hadn't been in the neighbor hood very long when I was out mowing my lawn one afternoon after work. Not long after I'm out there, some guy out soliciting comes over and tries to sell me something. I tell him I'm not interested, he continues his speal and finally, I tell him that I don't have time for this. He leaves and I continue mowing. Not long after, here comes another guy, strolling over from across the street, holding some papers in his hand. I'm thinking, here we go again. I stopped the guy before he got onto the sidewalk and told him, I don't have time for this crap and I'm not interested.

    Needless to say, that was my neighbor from across the street holding onto his mail, just wanting to introduce himself and welcome me to the neighborhood. I felt like a complete idiot and I've learned to try and think before acting. You don't want to ruin any possible personal/business relationships, because you never know.

    Congrats to you and Thank You for sharing your story, it brought a smile to my face!
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