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October 3, 2012

Clever Marketing Doesn’t Have To Cost A Bomb


Every single day I get stupid, badly worded emails from people asking me to swap links with them.

They're usually badly worded and totally irrelevant to the site they're targetting (I've got more than a few .. )

However other companies do things that are probably marginally more expensive than sending an untargeted email but a hell of a lot more effective.
They manage to hit the right tone and engage.

For example, NameMedia (who run BuyDomains and Afternic) sent several people who are attending the next ICANN meeting in Toronto this:

Very simple. Very effective and I'll remember it for a long time - hell I'm blogging about it, aren't I?

Spike Badges sent me a sample pack of their products shortly after they launched. It was simple and I of course was delighted and told a load of people about it. I'll be taking a bunch of their product with me to Canada later this month for one of my American friends who saw me talking about them ..

And what about via.me? They sent some of their "early adopters" t-shirts.

What do all of these things have in common?

They're slightly different - they stand out. People talk about them and the cost to the company doing the marketing isn't huge - while the benefit can be much bigger.

Yet we still see boring and conservative marketing every single day.

I work in IT. I'm not sure if our industry sector is worse than others, but a lot of the marketing that IT companies do is terrible.

It's boring. Bland. It doesn't inspire or excite me. One advert looks like another and their press releases make me sleepy .. assuming I can even get past the first couple of lines.

Not all "clever" marketing is cheap and not all of it will work, but if you don't give it a go you'll never find out.

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June 21, 2012

Organising A Tweetup In Prague During ICANN 44


If you're attending the ICANN meeting in Prague next week (or starting this weekend - depends on your view) I'm trying to organise a tweetup.

So what's a "tweetup"?

It's basically an informal social event for people who "know" each other via Twitter (and other social networks) to get to meet each other in real life.


At this stage it looks like it could be one of the bars in or close to the Hilton Prague

Date / Time?

Based on discussions on the "social" mailing list and Facebook group (not the same thing!) we might opt for Saturday late afternoon or possibly Tuesday late afternoon.


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June 14, 2012

The New TLD Application List Is Out!


I spent a lot of today following the new TLD "reveal" which was being streamed from London.

As soon as the list of applications was made available I downloaded it and have been trying to get my head around the rather long list ever since!

For someone who works in the internet industry today's "reveal" was important and pretty exciting.

I'll be posting at greater length about it over on the company blog tomorrow ..

For now I've just done a short post about the "Irish" applicants here. We also talked about it for a good part of this week's technology.ie podcast which should be available tomorrow (or later this week)

In advance of the "reveal" we put out a press release a day in advance and I was delighted to see it getting a bit of traction with coverage on .Net, Silicon Republic and The Sociable

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December 7, 2011

XXX Advertising

The .xxx domain went live yesterday afternoon, so we've been having a bit of fun coming up with imagery to promote it.

This one might not make a lot of sense to non-Irish people, but it's influenced by a popular postcard that used to be on sale back in the 1980s:

Expose Yourself - XXX domains

And this one is my personal favourite:

nowhere to go - xxx domains

There's a whole load more over here.

And if you want to get a .xxx domain you'll need to go here

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October 20, 2011

Off To Dakar In The Morning

Tomorrow I'll be travelling .. The ICANN "circus" is moving to Dakar, Senegal for the public meeting so I'll be joining several hundred internet policy geeks ...

Unfortunately Vodafone don't have a proper roaming agreement in Dakar, so I probably won't have a phone for the week! :(


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May 4, 2011

IEDR PDP Comments

.ie: Ireland's official Internet address

Image via Wikipedia

I submitted a comment to the IEDR's PDP comment thing earlier today.

In the interests of transparency here it is in its entirety.

Thank you for offering us the opportunity to submit comments on the policy development process

We are a significantly affected party with respect to any and all potential changes to IEDR policy and process and so welcome the opportunity to be able to submit comments on this.

We have invested heavily in promoting the IE namespace both domestically and internationally and any and all comments submitted are based on our deep knowledge and experience of the IEDR's current policies and modus operandi. While we may be highly critical of the IEDR we wish to go on the record as stating that we do not appreciate our criticism being characterised as "mud slinging". The overheads involved with registering and managing a large number of .ie domain names is considerable and the workload is exacerbated on an ongoing basis by the registry, its rules and its processes.

We reserve the right to submit additional comments on this process prior to the deadline.

Our main concern at present is that we have little or no confidence in the IEDR's ability to act as both technical and policy manager for the IE namespace and that this entire process is, therefore, fundamentally flawed.

A large part of the IEDR's current policies are highly subjective and are therefore open to the personal interpretations of registry staff.

While the IEDR may be willing to make fundamental changes to its modus operandi in order to effect a positive change and improve the operation of the IE namespace so that it works to the mutual benefit of both stakeholders and the registry, we do not feel that the organisation is either capable or sincere in its wishes to make this change.
We also feel that the organisation's charter and structure, and specifically its governance,  needs to be either fundamentally and radically changed or that a new organisation should be given a mandate to oversee the management and development of the IE namespace.

With respect to the draft document under consideration we have several queries and comments.

"All policy changes will not require a public consultation"

Why not? And who will make the determination on whether a public consultation is needed or not, and based on which criteria? Will this be recorded somewhere?

There seems to be very little guidance contained in the document as to basic rules / operating principles for Working Groups. Maybe this information is contained somewhere else? Idem for mechanisms to be used to recruit volunteers for a WG or obtain public input. Conversely speaking the document is probably over specific when mentioning tools like SurveyMonkey by name.

How will consensus be determined? Is this unanimous consensus, rough consensus? A definition of consensus seems in order. The document mentions 'consensus is defined as general agreement of the group', does this mean that if one person disagrees there is no general agreement?

"The PAC may intervene and give recommendations at anytime if required to make the report more acceptable by the majority" - This sounds odd to me and not very constructive. A better approach might be to have a PAC liaison that could serve as a liaison between the WG / PAC and provide input / assistance as appropriate.
What is the mechanism for the PAC to approve the report? Are there different level of 'approval'? (I guess this might be in the terms of reference that are referred to in the document)
Who will prepare the details of the implementation? There does not seem to be any public comment / consultation foreseen on the implementation plan.

In terms of policies themselves. That the proposed forms would even consider using the concept of "temporary" is just plain wrong. Policies cannot be temporary. They need to be constructed in such a manner that they provide a level of predictability to all stakeholders.

I am still not convinced that this process is transparent enough.

Even if the IEDR staff present policy proposals to their board in an impartial manner there is no way to know how the board will cope with them. As the board is not representative of industry or stakeholders are they even qualified to make a decision on a policy proposal's validity? From recollection those few changes to policy that were processed in the last 10 years only came about after them being stalled for no good reason by the board on more than one occasion. And as the board's minutes are not public the reasoning behind any of this will never be known, which brings us back to the topic of the IEDR's suitabilty to manage the namespace.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out


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March 7, 2011

ICANN Really Needs A Clue

I am normally not a vocal critic of ICANN
Like any organisation it has its issues, but this latest thing regarding an event at ICANN's upcoming meeting in San Francisco has really annoyed me.

This is the poster that they're using to promote an event:


So it's "ok" to use that kind of imagery?

And for an event at an ICANN meeting sponsored by PIR and .info?


Talk about idiocy .. 

To say that I am not impressed is to put it mildly

Just shows how much of a clue ICANN has about culture and dealing with an international audience

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February 13, 2010

Personal Reflections On ICANN Nairobi

I'll probably be posting about this at greater length elsewhere...

The ICANN meeting in Nairobi seems to be attracting more publicity and debate than any other meeting in the last couple of years.


Because so many people are making noises about either attending OR not attending it.

I'm not attending. I'd love to be able to attend all the ICANN meetings, but I simply can't.

There are several reasons why I'm not attending and they're all inter-related.

To start with attending ICANN meetings is not cheap. Sure some people get funding from ICANN and 3rd parties to attend. I don't. In common with ANY business trip I have to weigh up the costs of attending with the benefits. The trip to the Seoul meeting, for example, was far from cheap. You have to factor in several things not least of them being the cost of flights and the hotels - and unfortunately ICANN meetings generally seem to end up being in hotels that cost about $200 / night (or more).

Security is another issue.
Nairobi was meant to be the venue of the ICANN meeting a couple of years ago, but they ended up relocating it to LA. The security threats in Nairobi have been a matter of concern for quite a few people, but they weren't really at the forefront until quite recently. Having said that when I mentioned Nairobi to my mother she was not happy. Not happy at all and since she doesn't normally worry about those kind of things, I'd take her concerns very seriously.
My business partner wasn't too happy about the idea either, so that's pretty much a clincher.

As a result of the genuine security concerns quite a few other people have decided against going.

Fewer attendees might be seen as positive in some quarters, but if you treat an ICANN meeting as a business event then fewer attendees will have a direct and tangible impact on the chances of recouping the costs via sales etc.,
Since the ICANN public meetings are where a lot of the various groups interact then fewer attendees will mean that a lot less actual progress will be made on existing issues.

But let's go back to the two key points:

  • Economics
  • Security

When you put them side by side it's pretty clear that it's not really a viable option for me to attend.

Of course there is always the option of ICANN moving its location or for various groups within ICANN to convene in a number of "hubs"

Ultimately everyone has to decide for themselves whether they should attend or not. I've decided not to, for my reasons, others have decided to go regardless. What irks me is when people try to make the entire "go - don't go" thing into a political and PR football.

If someone decides not to attend that is their call. Respect their decision.

If someone chose not to go because their wife was expecting, for example, there'd be no commentary. But choosing not to go because you or your dependants / relatives / co-workers etc., are concerned about your personal wellbeing shouldn't be an excuse for some people to get up on a soapbox and try to make out that they are somehow more superior and "better" by choosing to go.

I guess in some ways it's a reflection of the general attitude of people within the ICANN community. Mutual respect is sorely lacking in some quarters. People will pay "lip service" to it, but they just love the "politicking"

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December 12, 2009

Attractive Pre-Christmas Domain Discounts

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With only a few shopping days left to Christmas we've been having a bit of fun in work.

Since we became an ICANN accredited registrar earlier this year we've been working on getting our accreditation up and running.

We've also been working closely with a lot of the registries to get good pricing on domains, so that we can pass on discounts to our clients where possible.

So a while back I registered a nice shiny .me domain name to push the domain offers - domainoffers.me (not very subtle, but do I need to be?)

We've been adding new discounts to it over the last while and yesterday we added yet another nice one which should be a nice pre-Christmas present for our Irish clients - .ie domains discounted yet again!

Register OR transfer an IE domain for a mere €16.95 / year - no restrictions on the number of domain years you want either and all domains come with FREE DNS.

We've also cut the price on .com registrations AND transfers down to a paltry €4.99 until the end of the year, which is a pretty aggressive price.

Now I'm off to grab more pressies for relatives and friends online ...

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June 15, 2009

Arrived In Sydney!

It's nearly 3pm here in Sydney and I've been on the go now since Saturday - catnapping along the way.

Sydney and Australia is a whole new experience and I'm loving it.

Photos and more to come, but I really need a hot shower and a change of clothes first...

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