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Will you now join the ICA with the lower membership price?

Labeled as poll in Domaining Reviews, started by equity78, May 20, 2020

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Will you now join the ICA with the lower membership price?

Poll closed Jun 7, 2020.
  1. Yes

    6 votes
    20.7%
  2. No still too expensive

    13 votes
    44.8%
  3. No it's not about money but an organization I don't want to support

    10 votes
    34.5%
Total: 29 vote(s)
  1. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Now that the ICA has a lower membership fee will you join? Not sure why they have two distinctions for individual, I guess they want people who will pay $600 to keep paying $600. The directory just looks odd in my opinion, with the members right under individual made to look like second class citizens. But too each their own.

    Annual Membership
    Platinum Membership $25,000 USD and above
    Gold Membership $10,000 – $24,999 USD
    Silver Membership $5,000 – $9,999 USD
    Bronze Membership $1,000 – $4,999 USD
    Individual Membership $600 USD or $50 per month
    Member $300 USD or $25 per month
    Screenshot_2020-05-20 Member Directory - InternetCommerce org.jpg
     
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  2. pb

    pb Established Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The difference is obvious, "members" don't get to add their photo.
    "Add a photo for just $300/year" ;)
     
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  3. WhoaDomain.com

    WhoaDomain.com WhoaDomain.com Gold Account

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    I'll ask the newbie question.

    What's ICA?
    I could Google it obviously but would be useful to explain here for the uninitiated.
     
  4. tonyk2000

    tonyk2000 Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    A good poll. ICA does good things. Unfortunately, I do not want to see my name or my company name listed on one public page together with at least one current corporate member, and with at least two current individual members. The reason: questionable business history of these members. Detailed discussion would be more appropriate in another np threads (not this one), and these threads do exist. Am I oversensitive? Maybe. But, since I do not want to associate myself with some of current participants in any aspect - I did not yet join ICA.
     
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  5. Don Gondon

    Don Gondon Established Member

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    What exactly does an individual achieve by joining?
     
  6. D Haynes

    D Haynes Top Contributor VIP

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    What do the different priced tiers offer? I mean what do you get in the platinum that you don't in the gold and why are the tiers priced in brackets and not a single price?
     
  7. cipcip

    cipcip Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I subscribe.
    Why should I pay 300$ or 25$ per month for ? What are the benefits, except having a name in there ?
     
  8. BrandEntrance.com

    BrandEntrance.com Open 24/7/365 VIP Gold Account

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    I guess this is like "The WebMasters Guild".
     
  9. noneisnone

    noneisnone Established Member

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    what are the benefits of joining ?
    just so you can have your name up there ?
     
  10. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Founded in 2006, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is a non-profit trade organization representing domain name investors, website developers and related companies. The ICA is made up of responsible businesses and individuals who have joined together to improve public confidence in Internet commerce. Based in Washington D.C., our mission is to promote and share best practices among participants in the domain name industry and to educate consumers, policy makers, law makers and the media about the value and benefits of direct navigation traffic and the domain name industry.

    Our Vision and Goals. The Internet Commerce Association brings together a diverse group of individuals and companies that own, buy, sell and develop domain names. The ICA promotes the value and benefits of Internet traffic and direct search by conducting a concentrated effort to educate advertisers of the value and exceptional conversion rate compared with paid traffic sources.

    We will carefully watch and participate in the development of rules, laws and regulations pertaining to the Internet as well as the dispute resolution process established by ICANN. The ICA respects trademarks and opposes intentional infringement, but believes that there be a balance between a domain owner’s interest in the valuable intangible rights comprised in a domain, as well as their fair use right to free expression, and trademark owner’s rights. We will promote fairness through our legislative agenda and we will communicate regularly with one voice on behalf of our members in Washington, D.C. and with governments around the globe.

    Our association will continuously engage the media with the goal of educating Internet consumers about the value of domain names to both individuals and businesses alike and why an open and free market for the exchange of domains is criticial to maximizing national economic value. Our association’s strength lies in our diverse membership and their vast collection of experience and wisdom. Our goal is for the spirit of entrepreneurship to flourish and for our members to prosper by their participation in the Internet Commerce Association.


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  11. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    One spicy nugget was the gentleman who used to be the guy at the ICA, Philip Corwin switched sides and went to work for Verisign in 2017.

    Long time legal counsel for the Internet Commerce Association, Philip Corwin, last week announced he’d resigned from his Virtualaw LLC, through which he worked with the ICA, and this week it was announced why. Corwin has taken up a new opportunity to work in Verisign’s legal department as Policy Counsel.

    https://www.domainpulse.com/2017/11/07/phil-corwin-resigns-ica-verisign/
     
  12. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Well it's more about how much you want to support the organization, there are not membership rewards.
     
  13. WhoaDomain.com

    WhoaDomain.com WhoaDomain.com Gold Account

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    Next question:

    is there any concrete proof a membership will equate to increased domain sales?

    To justify the expense?

    I remember working for a financial planner once and he took pride in being in the Cambridge's Who's Who book.

    I thought wow! Were you chosen?

    Actually he said he needed me to make sure to send his yearly renewal check to keep his name in there. Lol

    It was $1200 or $3500 a year. No photos.

    Same thing? Although that book was given to all members for free.
     
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  14. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The ICA has nothing to do with domain sales, it's an organization that looks to represent the issues of domain owners vs those on the other side like ICANN, Trademark holders, Verisign, etc... Nothing to do with making you money.
     
  15. Abdullah Abdullah

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    I voted no. It is not cheap.
     
  16. JB Lions

    JB Lions Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Video posted yesterday goes into it a little bit:

     
  17. main

    main Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Well articulated by Jeff in that video.
     
  18. D Haynes

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    Not a single yes vote so far...
     
  19. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Nope
     
  20. cipcip

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    So as far as I read here, it is pointless to be a part of this organization.

    Should be free, imho... Ok, ask money to be a chairman, but then, as a regular member, just have it free...

    You ask money for what? Just to have a name and a badge?

    No thank you, not for me.
     
  21. D Haynes

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    My guess is that the fee is to sort the wheat from the chaff so to speak. NP is free but imagine having some of the fruitcakes on here representing your professional entity and representing the industry as a whole. The fee is to create a minimum entry level for representation. That's what I think anyway.
     
  22. cipcip

    cipcip Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Free membership, but they can do a scan of the persons that can join, i guess...
     
  23. carob

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    Why not have a Supporter role for a low fee, which does not publish Supporter names or give them any voting rights?

    Then they could boast of how many people support them. And they'd have more cash and a bigger mailing list.
     
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  24. Abdullah Abdullah

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    While your idea is good, it will me just you donating your money if you cannot use the badge in any place so how about just donating?:-P
     
  25. equity78

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