Global Relationship Manager
GDPR the tip of the iceberg at Vancouver summit
Much occurred at the Global Domains Division (GDD) Summit in Vancouver last week, and contrary to popular belief it did not revolve 100% around General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDD Summit provides ICANN accredited registrars, gTLD registries and the ICANN Global Domains Division the opportunity to engage and discuss issues of mutual importance. MarkMonitor sent a team of employees to the GDD Summit to take part in the sessions, working groups and to meet with strategic partners including ICANN staff, registries and registrars. Although General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) monopolized much of the conversation, there were many other topics discussed.... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Staying compliant in times of domain uncertainty
There has been a lot of movement in the domain space recently, partly due to the upcoming compliance deadline for the new European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation, and partly due to the looming Brexit deadline. The implications of the latter, which involves the United Kingdom withdrawing from the EU, are far-reaching. While there is still a lot of uncertainty around these changes — particularly around trade, law and immigration — the effects are being felt in industries such as retail, financial services and automotive, to name a few.    It seems that the domain space has not escaped the... Read More
Domain Services Manager
Selling High Profile Domains
Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain? The simple answer is ‘yes.’ Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain for its maximum value? This question is much more complicated, and the majority of the time the answer is ‘no.’ When selling a high value premium domain, there are two distinct market segments, and the price discrepancy between the two can be significant. The first is the wholesale market, comprising members of the domain investor community. These buyers are only willing to pay a fraction of what an end user might be willing to pay, because... Read More
Client Partnership Manager
Assessing Domains for Non-Renewal
As expiration dates approach for domains in your portfolio, you may be asking if there are any domains that should be let go. Before setting a domain name to Do Not Renew, it is essential to consider some of the key implications of releasing a domain. First, consider the yearly costs incurred by holding the domain registration. Brand owners should use this as a baseline for the internal value of the domain. We then encourage clients to determine if the annual cost of the domain registration can be justified by any of the following factors. If so, it may be a... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
2016 Domain Year in Review
It’s that time of year when the domain industry reflects on 2016 and makes predictions for 2017. Last year I made a number of predictions. I knew that new gTLDs would continue to dominate discussions throughout the year. I anticipated that new gTLD use would increase. I knew there would be important developments in the ICANN community. Finally, I anticipated that companies would continue to face advanced security threats. Here are the details on my top five domain highlights from 2016: Launches, Launches and More Launches It was a busy year for domains. Not only did new gTLDs continue to launch... Read More

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