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Labeled as .ca in ccTLD Discussion, started by whitebark, Jul 7, 2008

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  1. dtagr

    dtagr Chris Stephenson VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Pitch me.

    I'm the CMO of a medium Canadian business. 120 employees, $40 million in revenue.
    You want to sell me your superfantasticawesome.ca domain name for $15,000. Convince me that the purchase will result in a demonstrable increase in sales and/or customer satisfaction and that my board won't come for my head in 18 months.
     
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  2. rlm

    rlm Established Member

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    I received this message when I asked for 8 authcodes (in Feb 2019):

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    We will be glad to unlock the domains and retrieve the authorization codes for you to facilitate the outbound transfers. However, we are wondering if there is anything we can do to reclaim your business (such as a discount discount). Please feel free to let us know and we will try our best to accommodate your needs. As you may already know, we are indeed one of the most trusted registrars in Canada. You can review our client list at "http://www.namespro.ca/WhyNamespro.asp" and what they say about our service at "http://www.namespro.ca/Testimonials.asp" .

    We very much look forward to your next reply.

    Sincerely,
    Namespro.ca Team
    Register with Confidence

    I had to respond to that message before they sent me the auth codes I requested. Then when they did send them, they still tried to convince me to reconsider with the carrot of discounts based on portfolio size. I'm 100% fine with them trying to make their sales pitch, but they shouldn't delay the requested auth codes. They should have just sent them on my first request - along with their pitch to convince me to stay.

    I'm about to request another auth code but I'm assuming I won't get the sales pitch this time. For one, its a single domain this time. Two, I'm sure they'll see the previous correspondence in my support history. Three, they may see this post :)
     
  3. Appamite

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    Thanks! 😁
     
  4. dtagr

    dtagr Chris Stephenson VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    They did the same with me at roughly the same time. Now I get a 15% discount. And they do watch this thread.
     
  5. jaydub

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    Never had that in almost 15 years with them myself but totally agree Rob(y)

     
  6. DomainRecap

    DomainRecap Top Contributor VIP

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    I recently took a course that partially-addresses this (several areas concentrated on the difficulty in keeping executive goals aligned with corporate goals - the biggest problem facing business today), and this issue boils down to the incredible turn-over rate in the corporate world, especially at the top-end.

    No CEO or CFO cares about where the company will be in 5 years because they probably won't be there, or at least don't expect to be there. The average executive stay is less than 5 years (closer to 2-3), so that's the timeline they're interested in, as well as maximizing profits and other financial goals over that same period.

    Long-term investment = lost money to them, thereby lowering their annual performance-based bonus.

    Apple is a great example, once Jobs died and the "long-term" bedrock for the company was lost, the executives immediately adopted short-term goals almost exclusively, resulting in problems like the recent "cheap battery" fiasco.
     
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  7. Spex

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    When I go to the grocery store, I always take a leek. Sometimes two.
     
  8. jaydub

    jaydub Da Chef VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    With potatoes, thyme, a nice stock and cream makes a nice soup Spex :xf.wink::xf.smile:

     
  9. briguy

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    Brief spin...Your main competition made a offer of $14,500....(throw in that Google love the keyword/queries)..limited time offer
     
  10. dtagr

    dtagr Chris Stephenson VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Now that you mentioned this, I noticed it with my LinkedIn connections. Most of them have a new job title or have switched sideways to new companies every 3-5 years. Must be very difficult to plan long term under those circumstances.
     
  11. DomainRecap

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    It's near impossible, and the most popular method is to use stock options (linking the executive to the long-term growth of the company) that don't vest for several years, but that isn't popular and may limit the candidates.

    Unless you have a founder (like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.) keeping the company moving in a long-term direction, you're pretty well toast in terms of fighting the short-term performance bonus beast - it's also interesting that the smaller companies who have risen to the very top of their industries usually have a big-name founder who stayed in charge a very long time.

    Jobs, Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, etc.

    I don't think that is a coincidence, as they are/were already billionaires and are looking 5, 10, 20+ year down the line, rather than worrying if their quarterly bonus will pay for their new Mercedes.
     
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  12. DomainRecap

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    So from this week's list...

    What does everyone think of PIXAR.CA (previously owned by the TM-holding LOGISTIQUES PIXAR INC.)? I know someone's going to take it, but if they try to sell it back to Disney, get ready to be sued out of existence, as they're essentially a singing and dancing Devil who will feast on innocent blood, let alone the guilty.

    I don't even know if I should put it in the list at all, and possible entice someone to bid on this lawsuit-in-waiting. Decisions, decisions.
     
  13. MapleDots

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    Not sure I would touch that one personally, I don't think I need to say why.
     
  14. DomainRecap

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    I saw a domain last week on the TBR, STARKILLER.CA, which was the original name of Luke Skywalker (Lucas had a TM on it, now owned by Disney) and it had an expiry date of late-2021.

    I would bet that Disney contacted the domain owner (in their usually-aggressive manner), who then promptly dropped it a full 2 years before it expired.
     
  15. dancarlson

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    So I bid on a domain last week during the TBR through Namespro I have not received any messages indicating if i was successful or not. I checked my account there as well.

    But today i received a message that the domain was put in my account? Most other companies I bid with I get a message on the day of or for sure the next day.
     
  16. MapleDots

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    It's the typical manual namespro type of response. It's a great company, just slow as molasses.
     
  17. rlm

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    Yeah, i picked up my first TBR domain through them a few months ago too. Same situation, just wondering what the hell is going on. I could see it was registered through namespro, so the question was, did I get it to myself? Or is there an auction coming up? or are they going to screw me? or what? So even just an automated email saying "You won the domain, we'll get around to billing you next week" would be really appreciated, wouldn't it?

    If they were great, they would at least let their customers know what's going on in a timely manner - especially when a fairly basic script could automate the process every week.
     
  18. jaydub

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    When I win a TBR name through them I email them on the day to say I won it and to just use the payment method on file to complete and usually have it in my account within a few hours.
    It is a little behind the times for sure but I usually don’t get any of the bigger names through them anyway. Mostly ones I want picked later in the drop.
     
  19. dtagr

    dtagr Chris Stephenson VIP Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Just create a new category called "Trademark Trouble" or "Headache" or "Money Pit". There's a few obvious ones most weeks.
     
  20. DomainRecap

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    Oh definitely, but this one is in a whole new category - Disney would spend a $ million to burn you down vs. paying $10K to buy it. They are the Devil in a princess dress.
     
  21. cabotower

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    disney had one pixar tm that they chose to abandon-after shave lotion!
     
  22. DomainRecap

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    That's the opening I've been waiting for! :xf.laugh:

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. DomainRecap

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    The .CA To Be Released (TBR) Weekly Picks for July 31 are online:

    Join the CanadaDomainHunt
     
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  24. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I had not been on the .ca list for a little while. It's an informative read with a lot of good humour thrown in. Thanks to all that contribute to it regularly!

    The discussion re management made me wonder if Canadian companies think about domains differently than say US managers. I'm not meaning the .ca specifically but what makes a good domain and how much should be invested in one.

    Bob
     
  25. Spex

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    Namespro doesn't do auctions. If you're the high bidder when bidding closes its yours if they get it
     

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