Is GoDaddy driving traffic to Flare.com with it’s new idea?

GoDaddy Flare - Where great ideas gather
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In the latest tech and small biz news, I recently saw GoDaddy launched a new mobile app aimed at helping people to vet their ideas for business.

GoDaddy’s calling this new and FREE community for sharing and rating business ideas Flare, and making it available via mobile app ONLY.  

If you’re an Android user, you’ll have to wait for the June release.  iOS is ready for download.

How does Flare work? Think of this app as a cross between Shark Tank, LinkedIn and Tinder.  

Vanity Branding: Matching Domain Names, and Local Phone and Toll-Free Numbers.

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I find my daily travels to provide me with much of the content I regularly share and engage with you via this website.

I keep my eyes on alert as I drive or ride around, especially taking long trips like the one that’s coming up this week.

Nevertheless, I see many forms of advertisements and quite a few companies using a wide variety of domain names.

From signs to vehicle wraps to windows to billboards to tv commercials, domains have become a way of life and a vital part of business for a plethora of businesses, especially businesses with a local market focus.

In my most recent trip into the office one morning last week, I encountered a pickup truck with some writing on the back of it.

As usual, I attempt to understand what exactly the pickup truck was advertising based on it’s tailgate.

Expanding to Become a National Chain using Domain Names

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Okay, so you don’t own a global business and think there is not much business impact in owning the correct domain, right?

Well, what if your business was in its infancy, aspiring to stake its claim in a new national market?

How is your newcomer business going to bootstrap in a new market to become the national titan?

Or maybe you own and operate a seasoned, proven business that is poised to make a splash on a national level, capturing and shaking up market share.

There are various approaches in achieving national market share in a new space.

The use of Spanish domain names and the fastest-growing demographic

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Today’s post is quite short, or at least I’m thinking it will be short.

During Mother’s Day Weekend, I encountered a domain name that made scratch my head for more than a couple of reasons.

Initially, the delivery van pictured below passed my family and me. We were on our way to visit my wife’s parents and spend the weekend with them.

When I initially saw the van, I couldn’t make out the domain name, but, using my content clues, knew it was a catering van for Mexican food.

A National fast-food chain effectively using geo brand domains

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I probably shouldn’t indulge in today’s company I’ll soon mention as much and often as I do.

Truth be told, I just love their drinks and desserts.

I’ve been a big fan of this national chain for nearly 20 years and counting.

Heck, my boys are even getting introduced to this brand.

What impressed me most about the brand isn’t it’s food, but how they recently used a geo service domain name at one of its locations here in Austin.

I was quite surprised to see it when I pulled up to order a drink.

Hot Tub and Swim Spa Expo Makes A Splash Using Multiple Domain Names

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It’s Friday. It’s May. And the Texas heat is beginning to usher Spring out and Summer in.

We’ve had quite a few showers and thunderstorms over the past months that have filled our lakes beyond capacity here in Austin.

There’s only a few more weeks before schools out for summer, and our lakes are filled with boating, water skiing, jet skiing, laughter, swimming, and splashing.

In addition, there will be quite a bit of swimming pools, spas and hot tubs put into service this summer too.

Speaking pools, spas and hot tubs, I happened to catch a late night commercial in between the news and Jimmy Fallon that caught my eye. 

Should this Austin-based massage company change domain names?

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Hi There! I’m back today with a few more companies that are getting it right — meaning using a domain to drive greater customer growth and revenue while shutting the door on their competition.

Today, I want to briefly explore a few options and share a few thoughts with you about a recent sign I finally noticed that uses a geo service or keyword domain name.

How many characters are too many for a domain name’s length?

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Most companies looking to create and launch their digital presence use their company’s name as their domain name.

Although I know there are nearly 350 million domain names currently registered and counting,
I wish I had specific numbers on how many businesses currently operate a domain name that is an exact match of their business name.

I see a variety of partial match, exact match and brandable domains on a daily commuting between work and home.

For instance, I encountered a company, Business Communication Solutions, using the shortened domain bcs-ip.com, yet they don’t own BusinessCommunicationSolutions.com nor do they own bcsip.com.DevOps Days Austin 2016

But this question of how long is too long for a domain name really hit home this week as I was on my way home from DevOpsDaysAustin.com.

As I was waiting at a light, a vehicle caught my eye. The coupe was wrapped with advertising for an Austin-based cleaning company.

Measuring domain name redirects using Google Analytics Campaign Tracking

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I know you’re already wondering what type of company I’m referencing today, right?

I can hear you as I type, “What is atrial fibrillation treatment?”

In short, atrial fibrillation is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow.

Untreated, atrial fibrillation leads to two major complications: stroke and heart failure. Not good by any stretch of the imagination.

Now that you know, there are quite a few companies that specialize in atrial fibrillation treatment.

Recently, I’ve seen a certain company’s commercials, as well as its competition, more than a few times.

In total transparency, I highly dislike some, if not all, of the commercials and medications because of the side effects seeming to cause more harm than help.

But that’s a personal opinion and I’m digressing as a fast rate.

When Your Domain Is As Bad As Your Advertisement

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As much as I talk about domains and my various encounters, today I’m sharing with you a few ways businesses waste their money advertising and using bad domains.

That’s right. These companies spend quite a bit of money advertising using billboards while failing to mention their domain name. And in some cases, they fail to mention a phone number too.

I have a problem with such an approach and will make a case why most companies are wasting their hard earned revenue using billboards that fail to mention a domain or use a bad domain altogether.