Finding End User Prospects
Finding end-user prospects for your category defining domain names is just as easy as searching Google for that term. Chances are fairly good that if the category is at least somewhat competitive, there will be several advertisers on the top and side who are paying tens, hundreds, or thousands of dollars a day in pay per click advertising. If someone is paying this much money to ensure their top position in Google, they may understand the argument to spend money on their category defining domain name.
I personally prefer to reach out to the SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) who advertise on Google. Compared to large companies, there is much less red tape involved in decision making with SMBs, and you can have an answer in less time than you would if you went to a large company. Many times, the decision maker is also the person who signs off on the monthly Google ad spend, so this is a good opportunity to speak with the right person.
My note to the Whois contact will explain how I found the company, and how I believe the domain name can help them. Not only can a category defining domain name help save money because of the type-in traffic (if that is true), but the category defining domain name will give them even more credibility. This is much more pertinant to the SMBs who are probably competing with the large brands for positioning in Google.
For some companies, it makes sense to buy a domain name for $25,000 when they are spending $5,000 a month in Google Adwords spends. For others, they prefer to market their brand rather than use a generic domain name. If a company has an issue with branding, I like to recommend they look at Vodka.com, Baby.com, and Loans.com to show brands that have successfully used generic domain names in advertising without watering down their brand.
Companies that spend money on PPC advertising buys are generally more aware of the power of a good domain name. Educating others is important, but I will let Google and Yahoo spend their time and money educating. I’ve found it to be very tough to sell an expensive domain name to someone who doesn’t really get it. There are enough companies out there that do get it.
If you want an example of a company that gets it, have a look at this week’s domain sales report on DNJournal. Rick Schwartz just sold RoomDividers.com to the operators of OrientalFurniture.com, who currently hold the #1 side banner ad spot for the term on Google. This is clearly a company that gets it, and in time, they will probably be able to rely less on PPC and more on organic search traffic. Smart move.
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