Dan.com
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Mkt Sales Leads

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Now the dust has settled on the GoDaddy acquisition of Dan, some might be wondering who is the next possible contender to disrupt the industry. What what it's worth, I believe the likely competitor will come from either Namecheap or Dynadot (the latter since their UI/UX is similarly friendly like Dan's).

If you think either company has a chance, what would it take (e.g. in terms of finances and vision/strategic direction) for either to seriously rival GoDaddy?

Secondly, do you think the competitor will be a total newcomer?
 
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DAN.COM

Domain MarketplaceTop Member
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Well, we're accelerating not slowing down so maybe Dan 3.0 takes over Dan 2.0 :)
 
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There won't be any "next Dan" anytime soon, unfortunately. This current Dan had the luck to secure an early investment as a dutch startup and this allowed them to build the marketplace fast and nicely. Any newcomer has to bring lots of money to the table if they want to follow in Dan's footsteps plus a whole new set of innovation and new ideas. That's where Dan disrupted the industry, fast payments, fast customer service, beautiful (converting) landing pages, they filled a gap and they've been in the right place at the right time. I think only one of the current registrars, popular with domainers, such as Dynadot, Namecheap, Namesilo, might be able to do this, but they already have their own crappy internal marketplaces so...
 
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Well, we're accelerating not slowing down so maybe Dan 3.0 takes over Dan 2.0 :)

Maybe Afterdan once they'll bring over all Afternic brokers to close your deals :)
 
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AEProgram

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The main things that was missing from Dan was a phone number, end user recognition and to make matters worse they keep that link on top of pages showing a 4.7 rating.

With the GoDaddy buy they will have a name end users recognize, they will have a phone number (I assume, like afternic pages) and with the GoDaddy name, the rating will matter less but I hope it is removed.

I think a good feature is one that forces the user to confirm on email to see the price. Domainers can have big lists after a few years and try to give discounts and close sales. I sold names by lowering prices to people that showed interest in the past but I only was able to contact them because they made an offer.

This industry is also missing a hard sales pitch page. Sales could increase 50% with a good pitch page.
 

Andreas B.

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So let me recapitulate:

Godaddy + afternic + DAN.

are you kidding me?

That's some sort of monopol.
 

enterscope

Domain InvestmentsTop Contributor
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I'm rooting for Dynadot.

Love afternic as an aftermarket, Godaddy as a registrar not so much.

Dan was the best, hopefully the merger will prove to be beneficial to domainers, but only time will tell.
 

Mkt Sales Leads

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Why is no one mentioning Sav? Far ahead of Dynadot and Namecheap
Their UI doesn't even allow for partial and automatic search of names unlike Dynadot/Dan/Namecheap. That's something they'd need to fix soon before any aspirations of becoming a competitive force.
 

branding

bra.nding.euTop Contributor
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Why is no one mentioning Sav? Far ahead of Dynadot and Namecheap

Because they're shady. Not transparent about ownership, backing and their backend had countless of bugs.
 

branding

bra.nding.euTop Contributor
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It all depends... If GoDaddy messes this up, it would be fairly easy to launch a competitor.

Dan is/was great. If they keep it as a separate brand under the GD umbrella they'll do great and I'd have no issues to continue using them.

I have been using Dan and watched what they're doing since they launched. A competitor bold enough to offer the same experience + offering at cost in house registration could easily disrupt the market, again.
 

branding

bra.nding.euTop Contributor
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Also, keep in mind... Domaining is just a niche in the registrar business. I don't think namecheap or DD will step up and try to claim the void that will be left wide open.

The only registrar who is in touch with domainers and has the tech ready to be put to use is Epik.
 

johnn

WeSellName.comTop Member
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Just enjoy the happiness for the time being.
We can make a decision when something come up bad.
It's only a change of the DNS - No big deal.
 

Sjpals

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I just hope that if there is a competitor, they offer a far better search criteria, similar to expireddomains . net. I end up looking on there first, because I find that the individual market places just dont have very good filter criteria.
 

HotKey

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Just enjoy the happiness for the time being.
We can make a decision when something come up bad.
It's only a change of the DNS - No big deal.
Exactly. Not really a "change of the DNS", but I get your point.

I can't see anyone replacing Dan anytime soon. Way easier said than done. And they won't be another, or next, Dan, they will be whatever they make themselves to be.

Getting to where Undeveloped-->Dan got to, certainly didn't happen overnight and absolutely can't.

Looking at Sedo, over 10 years on Dan in the industry, and they still need to constantly work and improve their services to satisfy new trends and demand, while maintaining trust. This stuff takes perseverance, risk and patience, not the qualities we always see in new startups.
 

DaaZ

CRM manager @ DaaZ.com
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We truly wish DAN + Godaddy a great success story... We also wish DAN 3.0 going to be bigger than DAN 2.0 .

More marketplaces lead to more competition , in turn offering better services to sellers and buyers.

We have started our idea about building DaaZ in 2017, throughout the last 5 years we have been building the DaaZ platform. DaaZ is a 4 year old company and circa a 3 year old domain marketplace.

Just to keep it simple, we are not competing with any one, but we want to make you aware of our presence. We are a pure domain marketplace and we charge just 5% for "Buy It Now" (BIN), 7% for "auctions" and "make an offer" sales.

Kindly note, we do not ask the buyer to pay 2% to 3% card fees required by other marketplaces.

So far 99% of our payouts are processed with in 48 hours.

We want to remain a pure marketplace for years to come. In Summary, we are just one more option for the domainers.
 

kor

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@DaaZ

You urgently need a neat logo and hiring a UI/UX expert.

That website looks like it was built in Frontpage.
 

Mkt Sales Leads

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We truly wish DAN + Godaddy a great success story... We also wish DAN 3.0 going to be bigger than DAN 2.0 .

More marketplaces lead to more competition , in turn offering better services to sellers and buyers.

We have started our idea about building DaaZ in 2017, throughout the last 5 years we have been building the DaaZ platform. DaaZ is a 4 year old company and circa a 3 year old domain marketplace.

Just to keep it simple, we are not competing with any one, but we want to make you aware of our presence. We are a pure domain marketplace and we charge just 5% for "Buy It Now" (BIN), 7% for "auctions" and "make an offer" sales.

Kindly note, we do not ask the buyer to pay 2% to 3% card fees required by other marketplaces.

So far 99% of our payouts are processed with in 48 hours.

We want to remain a pure marketplace for years to come. In Summary, we are just one more option for the domainers.
Hopefully you get a major cash injection and can expand.
 

DaaZ

CRM manager @ DaaZ.com
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459
@DaaZ

You urgently need a neat logo and hiring a UI/UX expert.

That website looks like it was built in Frontpage.
Many thanks for your feedback. We will release DaaZ 's next version with a better UI.. We will share the further details in the right time..
 

DaaZ

CRM manager @ DaaZ.com
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I'm rooting for Dynadot.

Love afternic as an aftermarket, Godaddy as a registrar not so much.

Dan was the best, hopefully the merger will prove to be beneficial to domainers, but only time will tell.
One only needs to look at what happened to Uniregistry after that acquisition. GD hasn't maintained the app well, Customer Support is slow to respond and uninformed about the app when they do. Also, GD didn't make a smooth glide path for transferring Uniregistry Ds to GoDaddy. There's market uncertainty around domains left at Uniregistry.

I'm not aware of any gestures made to the domaining community, to show that GD will still care about domainers. Due to this acquisition, a lot of time and money was lost by domainers, IMO. Personally, I think they acquired Uni to raid the members and products, then to kill it. Anyone else see it this way?

Why should we expect anything different from the Dan acquisition? Dan could innovate in ways that GD is not likely to emulate, e.g., their lease-purchase option. They may keep some Dan features, but I see this as another raid.
 

Mkt Sales Leads

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One only needs to look at what happened to Uniregistry after that acquisition. GD hasn't maintained the app well, Customer Support is slow to respond and uninformed about the app when they do. Also, GD didn't make a smooth glide path for transferring Uniregistry Ds to GoDaddy. There's market uncertainty around domains left at Uniregistry.

I'm not aware of any gestures made to the domaining community, to show that GD will still care about domainers. Due to this acquisition, a lot of time and money was lost by domainers, IMO. Personally, I think they acquired Uni to raid the members and products, then to kill it. Anyone else see it this way?

Why should we expect anything different from the Dan acquisition? Dan could innovate in ways that GD is not likely to emulate, e.g., their lease-purchase option. They may keep some Dan features, but I see this as another raid.

Well the GD branding (i.e. 'a GoDaddy brand') is already up on the landing pages. Let's see if sales improve for some...
 

Andreas B.

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DAN was after the money....

+ a little bit more possibilites, that's true, but actually everyone there hopes something from it
(imagine your stock-share you have in your company to grow x5 or more).


More marketplaces lead to more competition , in turn offering better services to sellers and buyers.
So, that's quite the opposite of what is happening here.


I must truly say, I cannot see that 'A godaddy brand' next to the DAN logo.

it is sickening!

very disappointed.

#trueopinion