We released our latest Shopping Report this week, examining consumer purchase intent and the demographics of those who acquire counterfeit goods online. The report focuses on a category that is heavily targeted by counterfeiters—apparel and luxury goods—and surveys almost nine million shopping sessions during a nine month period, focusing on the search terms employed by shoppers in order to understand what they were looking to purchase. We classified terms like “cheap,” “discount” or “outlet” as bargain-hunting terms and terms like “counterfeit,” “fake” or “replica” as fake-seeking terms. We then examined the aggregated traffic for shoppers using both sets of terms to... Read More
With just over 2.4 million New gTLDs registered, abuse trends are beginning to emerge. Earlier this month we conducted a review of the top 100 most highly-trafficked Web property names across the top 5 most popular new gTLD registries. It is apparent that the abuse we had expected has occurred – just not where we had anticipated. For example, .Wang leads the pack in terms of abusive registrations with 47% of the top 100 Web property names registered to third-parties. For the other top TLDs which include .XYZ, .Berlin, .Club and .Guru – abusive registrations hover around the 30% mark. It... Read More
Enforcement in China for counterfeits is always a top priority for brand protection professionals.  MarkMonitor released a recent whitepaper that tackles this subject. It explores Chinese trademark registration, best practices in enforcement strategies as well as how combating counterfeiters can yield consumer insights.  With the continued growth of digital channels and China’s role as the world’s “factory floor”, the success of your brand protection strategy in China and throughout the world is tied to your ability to target counterfeit goods sold on leading Chinese online marketplaces. A strong enforcement program in China will result in higher compliance rates and will deter counterfeiters who will... Read More
We are excited to announce the launch of MarkMonitor Brand Protection™ - Mobile Apps. Consumers are flocking to mobile channels to research and make purchases and where consumers go, so do scammers.  With this new offering, brands can detect instances of brand infringement and misuse in popular mobile app marketplaces. By discouraging brand impersonation and false association in mobile channels, companies can reduce customer confusion, reinforce brand trust and protect m-commerce revenues. Why mobile matters: According to Internet Retailer, in 2013 smartphones and tablets made up almost 35 percent of online traffic Internet Retailer also weighed in on sales through mobile... Read More
When making the business case for an online brand protection program it is important to present the return on investment to your company’s financial team.  Because of the widespread nature and volume of online infringement, our experience tells us that two very measurable areas of benefit—returned traffic and substitute sales rates—will produce a calculable ROI that is many times the cost of deploying a brand protection program.  Here’s how you can measure returned traffic and substitute sales rates to demonstrate ROI for your business. Returned Traffic With well-known brands, there are typically thousands of sites designed with the sole purpose of... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More