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After a Couple of Missteps & Schoolboy Errors...

Labeled as .io in Domain Selling and Domain Sales started by Dan Beck, Apr 9, 2018.

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  1. Dan Beck

    Dan Beck Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    As I imagine is the case for lots of new people coming in to the industry, I over-reached slightly this month and ended up disappointed with a couple of sales-- jumped in with both feet and spread myself too thin. I broke even, but I know they were worth far more and my lack of patience got the better of me. LESSON LEARNED.

    Any way, that kind of prompted me to take a bit of a step back and reevaluate my approach and leading on from that, happy to report a nice wee sale this evening.

    s/o/f/t/p/h/o/n/e.io sold at Flippa for $1004, transfer completed on both sides.
    Hand reg
    Held it for 36 days

    It's not going to pay off the mortgage, but a nice little bit of cash and a few lessons learned that are worth their weight in gold.

    Thanks to everyone that's helped me out with advice so far, much appreciated.

    This stuff is fun.
     
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  2. sobeman88

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    What kind of auction was it? And congrats! And can you explain soft phone to me? I don’t see the value
     
  3. Dan Beck

    Dan Beck Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    Hey thanks.

    It was a $1 reserve auction on Flippa. 14 days

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softphone

    Lots of telecommunications firms use it as a sort of "gateway product" for bringing clients on to their books or to generate market awareness, after which they will look to upsell clients on to more complex unified comms and VoIP packages. Companies like Avaya, Grandstream, 8X8 etc. all offer them (plus a ton of smaller ones, some of whom bid on this asset).

    I use one every day and deal with some of the companies mentioned above in my 9-5 so I knew there was value in it.
     
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  4. sobeman88

    sobeman88 Established Member

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    Oh okay!! But it is extension .io I could see good value in .com or .net with the same name but none the less good sale! I’ve let many .io domains pass me by for reg fee that we’re single word high value ones because I have trouble selling that extension
     
  5. Dan Beck

    Dan Beck Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    .io is perfect for a tech SME in that space in my opinion and about 100th of the price for that SLD.

    It was a good fit for the sort of companies I pointed in the direction of the auction.

    (plus a bit of luck)
     
  6. Grayclouds

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    from what I've researched, .io extensions are great for tech start ups.

    Congrats on the sale price. I have a few .io domains, most generic one word or two word.
     
  7. justlife

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    Congrats Dan! did you buy any upgrades for the auction?
     
  8. Dan Beck

    Dan Beck Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    Yeh the $50 one. In hindsight it was a waste of money as this was really too niche for it to have any effect I think. All the bidders came directly from outbound.
     
  9. Josh R

    Josh R Owner of BrandConsultants.com & TheDomainBlog.com PRO VIP

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    Well done mate.

    I saw Softphone.io on Flippa yesterday and two things came to mind:

    1) Surprised it was available to handreg last month.
    2) I think you got a really great price on it.

    I can tell you're not lazy, so I would assume there was some outbound emails sent that directed a number of possible end-users to the auction.

    I think you're a very fast learner and I don't see that too often.

    Josh
     
  10. Dan Beck

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    Thanks Josh, that's very much appreciated.

    Yeah there was a fair bit of outbound as there are lots of businesses in that space. Fairly specific in terms of target persona though. COO, CEO, CMO and some at director level or above with SEO listed as a skill on LinkedIn.
     
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    What tools do you use for outbound? Something to bring out the proper email addresses as i notice most who.is may direct the mails to a different department, also Something to track down the email opens etc?
     
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    Wow
    congratulations bro, that is a worthy reward for your great efforts, you learn and absorb very quickly in this industry, wish you will gain better sales in the coming time
     
  15. golan

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    Great catch and sale! Congrats!
     
  16. Dan Beck

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    I am using hunter.io at the moment for email addresses-- (although I am considering other options at the moment like salestools.io) and also mailtrack.io for mail tracking.
     
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    Congrats Dan, that's a great sale!
     
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    Great and it's really good work.
     
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    I was marketing a Cloud based domain to a bunch of Cloud server tech companies this morning. I did notice that some of these companies did have the .io extension. Thanks for the info! I had never considered .io's at all.
     
  25. Haroon Basha

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    Congratulations Daniel on the sale of .io domain name at a higher price. More success to you.
     

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