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Coffee.Club Promoted at NamesCon

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When I arrived at the NamesCon exhibit area on Monday morning, one of the first things I noticed is that Coffee.Club and the .Club Registry are heavily promoting the Coffee.Club business. The popular coffee stand located between the registration booth and the exhibit hall now has Coffee.Club branding, and the pair of companies have been handing out passes for free cups of coffee to conference attendees (regular cost is around $4 for a large cup).

In addition to the rebranding of the coffee stand, the coffee that has been served inside the exhibition hall has Coffee.Club branding as well. Just about everyone drinking coffee at NamesCon is using a Coffee.Club cup. Because of an existing contract with a coffee provider, the coffee that is being brewed is not from Coffee.Club though.

I think this is smart marketing for two reasons. First, there are a lot of coffee drinkers in the crowd, and there is no doubt that everyone now knows about Coffee.Club. Second, and more importantly for the .Club Registry, people at the conference can see that the registry is supporting the most prominent startup to use a .Club domain name. They can get a glimpse of the marketing support behind this Startup.Club venture, and perhaps that will open a conversation with a prospective buyer.

Coffee.Club founder Bill McClure hinted that they would have a presence at the conference, but it’s more extensive than I expected. It appears that this new venture has gotten off to a good start. Coffee.Club currently ranks #1 in Google for a search of coffee club, and the website ranks #3 in Bing.

Separately but interestingly, yesterday, it was announced that a deal was reached with Howard Lefkowitz for the Vegas.Club domain name. It will be interesting to see how/if that is promoted at next year’s NamesCon.

Bill McClure of Coffee.Club


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Comments (5)

    todd

    “Second, and more importantly for the .Club Registry, people at the conference can see that the registry is supporting the most prominent startup to use a .Club domain name.”

    In my opinion you got it wrong. The people at the conference can see that the registry is “promoting” not supporting the most prominent startup to use a .Club domain name. This is 100% a marketing tactic by the registry not by Bill himself. I am sure he is very uncomfortable with the fact that they are not using Coffee that he actually sells.

    January 14th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    John

    Just noticed “Java Nice Day!” Nice.

    January 14th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Bill McClure

    Thank you Elliott!for the article. You are always great to visit with at the shows.

    Todd, a part of the original deal with .Club was their commitment to spend a million dollars or three in promoting me and a few other clubs. As Men of their word, double it. It is only beginning. The issue on coffee server was a contract issue. So we bought the cups and gave away the coffee. Watch the new TV interviews on the morning shows in February. As Miss Ellie says, “a smile with every sip”. http://Www.Coffee.Club

    January 14th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      todd

      “Todd, a part of the original deal with .Club was their commitment to spend a million dollars or three in promoting me and a few other clubs.”

      Thanks for responding Bill. When it was released that you bought the Coffee.Club domain for 100k I was a bit surprised but this million dollar marketing commitment they made to you was obviously not released to the general public. If they are going to spend millions promoting your brand then it was a no-brainer to do the deal.

      In reply to Bill McClure | January 14th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Doron

    To me it seems Donuts is doing the best job so far from the new registries in promoting and marketing their TLD by closely working with companies that develop on the extension to promote their sites. .CO was brilliant in how they marketed their TLD and it seems Donuts is following in their footsteps.

    January 14th, 2015 at 10:34 pm

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