Hear predictions for 2017 from 15 people in the domain business.
It’s the annual Domain Name Wire Podcast Predictions episode! Hear predictions from 15 people in the domain name industry about what they think is in store for 2017. This year’s podcast includes yours truly plus: Sedo, PIR, NameNinja, DotTBA, Neustar, GGRG.com, InterNetX, .Club, Payoneer, Donuts, Legal Brand Marketing, MediaOptions, Allegravita, and Igloo. You might be surprised about what some people see coming in the new year.
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Michael Castello says
I enjoyed listening. Many great predictions. Happy New Year!
Graham Haynes says
listening back to the previous years predictions. I predict they will all be wrong again. No twerking moment for nGTLDs no consolidation for the nGTLDs as the registys have yet to come to terms with how little they are really worth against what they originally thought.
ICANN will be politicised by Trump.
2,3,4 letter .coms will see some appreciation. All those highly speculative .ws and .xyz .club short domains along with 5 and 6 number dot coms will lose favour.
Some Chinese aftermarket platform has to buy an established Western aftermarket platform, its inevitable just maybe not this year but in the next 3 years.
No major breakthrough of dot brand. Remember the hype of Fox News using news.fox to be launched spring 2016 well they came to their senses and FoxNews.com does just great.
Highly memorable short .coms will be the boring winners of 2017 2018 2019 ………. just doesn’t make interesting copy.
James Snow says
Right on the money you are and proof that an expert is anyone more then 20 miles from home.
Norbert Doetsch says
…you took the words right out of my mouth…
A lot of repeats, and they will be wrong again. It’s very amusing when they talk about shoppers using dot brand to navigate. It’s old and tried. Just was tried with subdomains before instead of the extension, but same idea, same result.
Thailand King says
@Nick, I agree, except in the case of banks where having a secure site/domain is really beneficial.
Additionally, I think that we might have a recession in 2017 or 2018 which will totally kick many new TLDs in the nuts and cause permanent damage to what little mojo they have going currently. The exception to this might be very competitively priced new TLDs, but you can forget $200-$2000 domains renewals and the like. They’ll be as attractive as a Bangkok hooker on a Sunday morning after the navy has left town. It will be a bloodbath.
Join Domains says
Ha ha …. funny analogy !
Mike Carson says
At least .io was mentioned… .ai may be used for Artificial Intelligence companies, but I don’t see it getting as big as .io
MediaOptions’ Andrew Rosener mentions several factors that will contribute to the greatest shift we will see in 2017 of “a very strong uptick in valuation of super premium dotcom domain names…one word dotcoms, two letter dotcoms, three letter dotcoms, and perhaps four letter dotcoms are going to see a very big shift in valuation…”
An additional factor that may raise values is the looming trade friction between the US and China which could see medium to large Chinese companies moving to acquire premium dotcom names – including English one worders – to expand their online presence.
James Snow says
Here’s something further. If you have a good name don’t park it and don’t use promoters. Those who want it will come and that’s the only promotion that counts. Plus only you the seller and the buyer know the value of the name haven’t met a promoter yet with a crystal ball or able to read minds. Happy New Year.
Some good predictions. But I don’t understand why anyone would consider domain .xyz as domain with good potential?
nk GURUNG says
Only because the big bully took the domain abc.xyz first and then the world gone crazy as usual.
Our brains have been washed by these MNC’s. so called “the elites”….. but Trump’s election proved that we “the people” have the capacities of making decisions, instead of obeying these elites. Enough is enough.
Let’s make the World Great Again.
I predict that the new gtlds will all die in 2017.
John McCormac says
In some respects, a few predictions are like listening to the media coverage in the movie “The Big Short”. A few of the predictions might happen (consolidation) but many don’t seem to be data-backed predictions. The Chinese market has already lost a significant percentage of its legacy gTLD footprint in December due to the deletions of speculative domain registrations of 2015. A few new gTLDs have a possible exposure to the 2015 Chinese domain bubble but many of the Western/Rest of World focused new gTLDs do not have the same level of exposure. The China market is still a relatively young domain name market so web usage and development figures do not follow those for established and mature markets. And there’s also the 1 cent .XYZ promotion of 2016 that will see millions of .XYZ domain names coming up for renewal in the second half of 2017. Renewal rates on heavily discounted domain registrations are traditionally low. On the bright side, usage in some new gTLDs will grow along with awareness but a few will take a hit this year. But outside the US market, the ccTLDs are beginning to eclipse the legacy gTLDs. Perhaps Trump might even get around to making .US ccTLD great. (That would be quite a wildcard result.)
Interesting to listen back to in hindsight, almost every single prediction wrong! New tlds at over 60 million registrations, rise of .brands, magic moment where a new tld gets used is a massive campaign.