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The Mysteries And Future Of Websites
by Naseem Javed
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Senate Gives Leasing a Punch in the Face
"Since we're giving tax relief to companies and small businesses, it's only fair that we tighten the law for those avoiding their fair share,'' said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
One of the biggest changes raises $39 billion by blocking companies from generating immediate tax deductions by leasing and writing off the depreciated value of foreign and domestic public works, such as bridges, buses and trains. This was strongly opposed by the
Equipment Leasing Association as well as many cities, counties, and
states who’s budget will be drastically affected, as well as funders
of such leasing arrangement
Taking the lead and urging the US Congress to approve its version,
which they believe will end the growing costs of tarrifs, the senate
voted 92-5, sending a solid message of unity.
The tariffs, imposed by the European Union, retaliate against the United States for failing to rid a domestic tax break that has had
the leasing industry and others quite concerned since late last
year. The Senate bill goes beyond a simple fix to end the trade dispute.
In addition to its affect on equipment leasing, it also included: a $14 billion in energy production incentives, a pile of expiring tax credits and a short-term tax break meant to encourage companies to bring home income accumulating abroad.
At its core, the Senate bill is aimed at cutting taxes for American manufacturers, rewarding most to those companies that produce their goods at home. The entire package cuts taxes $170 billion over a decade, including some new and old tax cuts.
Lawmakers cover the cost of the package with money recouped from the repealed tax break for exporters and an assault on corporate tax shelters and loopholes.
The bill also would adjust tax rules for multinational corporations.
Senators voted 74-23 to keep those new tax rules, which Senate tax-writers said reduced double taxation of companies that operate in the United States and abroad.
For a background on this tax legislation, please go to:
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Hope to See You in Monterey
Monterey, California, United Association of Equipment Leasing Conference October 21–24, 2004 where Leasing News Advisory Board member, and long-time friend Steve Crane will be the Conference Chair.
The weather this time of the year should be perfect. Those who can extend their time, will be glad to make recommendations of wineries to visit in Carmel Valley and the surrounding area, great restaurants, golf courses, and of course, the Monterey Bay Aquarium; where you should at least spend one afternoon, if not longer.
You should also have lunch or dinner at Clint Eastwood’s Carmel Valley Country Club.
There are also some great shops in both Carmel and Carmel Valley,
where Sue and I visit often. Great restaurants. Make some time
to enjoy one of California’s most favorite areas.
I look forward to meeting Leasing News readers in Monterey.
Here are some sites to visit to make this a very memorable time
for you and your significant other----
he also has his own line of golf clothing: Tehama
and his country club golf , of course
and Sue’s parents who live at the Carmel Valley Country
Club in the summer have dinner often at the
Tehama County Club Restaurant ( lunch, too)
There is the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course
where I am told the fees are expensive,
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This form is one of the most widely used in the leasing industry and covers most of the bases. Note: Last sentences about the signatures makes this more a “proposal,” than commitment. If required, these sentences may be removed.
Master Lease Commitment Letter
This is for a “master lease,” when they will be other schedules, dates of delivery and acceptance, and interim rent is to be imposed on the “funded” portion(s.) Note: Last sentences about the signatures makes this more a “proposal,” than commitment. If required, these sentences may be removed.
Lease Application Fee Agreement
This is designed for the broker of leasing company to earn a fee and/or expenses should the lease not go together. This is a form that you can make into a template. First use “find, replace” to insert your name. It's purpose is generic, aimed at earning money for your time and expenses if a lease does not move forward.
Authorization to Find a Lender
This form was designed for use in the State of California, where arranging for a loan requires a license. Real Estate and mortgage brokers may not need a California Financial Lender's License, as well financial institutions. Any third party “agent” does need the license. This may also apply in other states.
You can make a template on this form very easily. It primarily purpose is for real estate secured loans , equipment finance agreements, and “sale/leaseback” type situations.
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22 IFC Employees Seeking CLP Certification
MORTON GROVE, IL, - 22 employees from IFC Credit Corporation participated in a Certified Lease Professional training seminar held at the company's Morton Grove facility on May 4th. The seminar will help to prepare participants for taking the CLP examination, which will occur later in the summer.
The seminar was conducted by Jim McCommon, CLP of The McCommon Companies, Bellevue, Washington on behalf of the CLP Foundation. Nancy Geary, CPA, CLP, a partner with Edwin C. Siegel, LTD also conducted a section of the class.
"IFC is very fortunate to have so many industry veterans on staff, and we're proud that they are continuing their professional development and seeking certification", said Rudy Trebels, President of IFC, and a CLP himself since 1995.
A candidate who seeks CLP certification must possess a minimum of five years of related industry experience, have acceptable character, ability and reputation, and must adhere to standards of professional conduct defined by the CLP Foundation.
IFC Credit Corporation has grown from 25 employees to over 100 during the last five years, and the professional capabilities of its employees are one of the company's strengths. "Our staff is extremely competent, and it gives our customers confidence when we discuss leasing structures, credit availability or other aspects of their financial affairs", says Trebels.
IFC Credit Corporation is a long-time supporter of the foundation and believes strongly in its mission. "The CLP certification program provides a comprehensive study of equipment leasing, from legal and accounting issues, to marketing and pricing", states Trebels. "No other organization offers the body of knowledge, along with a requirement to maintain certification".
Vice President of Marketing
IFC Credit Corporation
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Douglas-Guardian Moves to Larger Quarters
“Bruce Lurie, President of Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation is pleased to announce that the company has completed its relocation to a new and bigger headquarters facility effective today.
The new address is:
Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation
14800 St. Marys Lane
Houston, TX 77079
The company’s phone numbers remain the same. “This new space will allow us to continue to service and grow our operations throughout North America. We are excited to be settling into our new offices.”
For information on wine and best restaurants in Houston, contact:
For more information on New Headquarters, please contact:
Robert J. Fisher, CLP
Vice President Sales
Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation
14800 St. Mary's Lane
Houston, TX 77079
Iowa Local: (515) 490-5824
TX Fax: (281)531-1777
IA Fax: (515)224-6556
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Former Fin Pac/Puget Sound Credit Mgr. Goes to Columbia Bank
Karl Probst joins Columbia Bank as vice president and manager of equipment leasing.
TACOMA, Wash., -- Columbia Bank announced the hiring of Karl Probst for the position of Vice President and Equipment Finance Officer. He will act as Manager of Columbia's new Equipment Finance Department where his primary duties will focus on the production of equipment loans to businesses, generated through an existing network of brokers.
"We are very excited that we will be able to expand our equipment
financing service to our business customers -- both commercial and small
business. Karl and Heidi are a great team and work with an established group
of brokers whom they trust and who rely on Karl and Heidi to treat their
customer's right. Karl and Heidi both believe very strongly in great customer
service, so they will fit right in at Columbia. It's a win for us and for our
business customers," said Mark Nelson, Executive Vice President and Chief
Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Probst was the Credit Administrator
for Pinnacle Capital LLC. He has over 25 years of experience in the banking
and equipment financing industry, beginning his career at Seattle First
National Bank and then moving to Financial Pacific Leasing. ( and then
to Puget Sound Leasing, http://www.pugetsoundleasing.com/, editor )
Mr. Probst is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of
Arts in Business Administration. He lives in Olympia where he has been active
with the United Way of Thurston County. In Tacoma with Financial Pacific
Leasing, Karl was a Team Captain for the company's American Cancer Society
Relay for Life Team and the company was the number one fundraiser for 5
consecutive years. Karl is not only excited about starting this new Division
of Columbia Bank, but also about getting married to Kathi O'Neil on May 16,
Joining Mr. Probst at Columbia is Heidi DeFord, a Loan Support Specialist
who has worked with Probst as a team for the last 2 years. Ms. DeFord is a
graduate of Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance
and Operations Management. Heidi's previous financial experience with Westar
Financial will enable her to contribute much to the new department. She has
lived in Thurston County all of her life, where she is active in organized
volleyball and basketball.
Columbia Bank is a Washington state-chartered, full-service commercial
bank providing products and services to individuals, businesses and the real
estate community. A wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Banking System Inc.,
(Nasdaq: COLB) Columbia Bank currently operates 34 branches in Pierce, King,
Cowlitz, Kitsap and Thurston counties.
Contact: JoAnne Coy, Vice President, Marketing Director
SOURCE Columbia Bank
Web Site: http://www.columbiabank.com
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Former Comdisco Chief Legal Officer Joins Insight Investments
ORANGE, Calif.--(--Insight Investments Corp., a firm specializing in technology acquisition, leasing and management, announced today that Jeremiah M. Fitzgerald has been named general counsel. Formerly senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Comdisco Inc., Fitzgerald will be responsible for all legal and corporate governance matters relating to Insight Investments. He will also serve as a senior member of the management team.
"Jerry brings a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as we continue this rapid growth trajectory," said John W. Ford, chairman and CEO of Insight Investments Corp. "He will be a significant addition to our senior management team."
Fitzgerald has 24 years of legal experience in information technology practice areas, including the negotiation of complex leasing and financing transactions with major international corporations. He has also served startup companies, worked on funding, and participated in real estate acquisition and leasing transactions. He was a key member of the team that took Comdisco Inc. from a regional technology leasing business to a nearly $4 billion multi-national corporation.
About Insight Investments Corp.
Based in California, Insight Investments Corp. helps companies worldwide better control their technology acquisition, leasing and management requirements. Since 1987 the company has provided a wide array of solutions designed to fit specific customer needs including new and used equipment acquisition, custom leasing and financing, asset management, off-lease portfolio management, excess equipment disposal, and the integration of best-of-breed technology solutions. For more information, visit www.insightinvestments.com or call
CONTACT:Insight Investments Corp., Orange Mark Hale, 714-939-2334 (Media) firstname.lastname@example.org
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Steven R. Riggs joins De Lage Landen Financial Services as Vice President & General Manager of the Financial Institutions Strategic Business Unit
WAYNE, Pa., – De Lage Landen Financial Services, a leading international provider of high-quality asset-based financing products to manufacturers and distributors of capital goods, announced today that Steven R. Riggs has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of its Financial Institutions Strategic Business Unit.
In his new capacity, Riggs will be responsible for overall general management of the Financial Institutions SBU, including operations, originations, marketing and new business development. The business unit is the primary provider of small business leasing services to the U.S. banking industry.
He will report directly to Ronald Slaats, Chairman of De Lage Landen's Americas Division.
Prior to joining De Lage Landen, Riggs served as Vice President, National Accounts for the Express Financial Solutions Division of GE Capital in Irvine, CA, where he worked from 1990 to the present.
From 1988 to 1990, he was Western Regional Sales Manager for Chase Manhattan Leasing in Los Angeles, CA. Earlier, he held a variety of marketing and sales management positions.
Riggs earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from California State University in Long Beach, CA.
De Lage Landen International B.V. is a Netherlands-based international provider of high-quality asset financing products. With a presence in more than 20 countries across the globe, the company focuses on the following industries: Food & Agriculture, Healthcare, Office Equipment, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Materials Handling & Construction and Financial Institutions. In its domestic market the company offers Equipment Leasing, Consumer Finance, Car & Commercial Vehicle Leasing, ICT Leasing and Trade Finance through local Rabobanks and direct to market.
De Lage Landen is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch Rabobank Group that is AAA-rated by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. In 2003 De Lage Landen grew its profits to $129.7 million (€114.8 million) and its balance sheet total to $17.8 billion (€14.1 billion).
For more information, please visit our Website: www.delagelanden.com
De Lage Landen Financial Services
Phone Number: 610 386 5023
Fax Number: 610 386 5840
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Oil Hits New 13-Year High
Fed funds futures revealing
Fair Isaac moving its hub
Most company executives already set up in Minnesota
Witness Says Tyco Chief Couldn't Grant Bonus
Demand Increases for Kona's Coffee Beans
Diana DeGarmo wows judges on 'Idol' disco night
Bryant Scores 42 To Lift Lakers
Yankees' Long Night Ends With a Long Ball
Sharks are in (big) trouble
49ers in Trouble?---Skip Bayless
“Gimme that Wine”
James Beard Foundation Honors Culinary Elite
Minnesota Amendment for Wine Sales in Grocery Stores Fails in Senate
Vintners unbottle new packaging toys
May 19-23, 2004, Eighth Nantucket Wine Festival
10 Years Past Apartheid, Wine Industry Thrives—Frank J. Prial
Who Really Cooks Your Food?
This Day in American History
1780 - During the American Revolution, Charles Town (later Charleston), South Carolina, fell to the British after a two-month siege.
1812-John Langdon of New Hampshire was nominated to run by the
Republic party, but turned it down. He had 64 votes to James Madison’s 82.
A very popular man in his time, he refused the job due to his age and health.
. A second caucus was held and Elbridge Gerry was nominated.
1847- Mormon pioneer William Clayton ,the personal secretary to the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, invented the first odometer while crossing the plains in a covered wagon. Previous to this, mileage was calculated by counting the revolutions of a rag tied to a spoke of a wagon wheel. He is also known
for his journal entries about the Mormons' trek west to the Salt Lake valley.
When introduced to plural marriage, he was reluctant but eventually became one of its most enthusiastic proponents, marrying ten women and fathering forty-two children.
1869-The first news reporter at a political convention who was a woman was Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, one of the editors of the New Covenant, who covered the Republican National Convention, May 12-18, 186-, at the Chicago Wigwam, Chicago, IL, which nominated Abraham Lincoln.
1863-The first Confederate ship to surrender to the Union was the Planter, a 313-ton side-wheel steamer serving as an armed dispatch boat. It was surrendered off the harbor in Charleston, SC, by Robert Smalls, an African-American salve who was its pilot. He and the African-American crew took charge of the ship, while the captain was ashore. Flying the Confederate flag, they saluted with cannon fire the forts on their voyage northward. When out of reach of ammunition, Smalls hoisted a white flag of truce and turned over the ship to the U.S.S. Onward. In appreciation, a special act of Congress was passed on May 30, 1982, awarding Smalls and his partners one-half the value of the Planter and its cargo.
1864- the heaviest action of the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, began at dawn, when Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, with 20,000 men, attacked a Confederate salient. Creating a gap, Hancock’s men captured some 4000 men and 20 large guns In another part of
the Battle of the Wilderness, the two great general met again after Hancock made
this gap Lee had positioned his troops in breastworks ( a temporary, quickly constructed fortification, usually breast high--a popular war move seen often in Mathew Brady photographs ) along a horseshoe formation utilizing the natural features of the landscape. During Grant's attack on the very strong and fortified position both sides suffered losses of more than 12,000 in what became known as "the Bloody Angle." Lee was forced to use every available man in order to protect the position and so ordered his troops to pull back during the night. Neither side won and both sides suffered heavy losses, perhaps a lesson well remembered by General Lee and General Grant, who was in favor of a different reconstruction of the South than transpired, even when president. They were
to meet for the surrender less than a year from this battle.
1883- Hazel Lucile Harrison birthday: Afro-American concert pianist who made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1904. She was blocked from concerts with major American orchestras because of her race and sex.
Her technique and ability was praised for years in Europe. Her mother, a hairdresser and manicurist , was the daughter of slaves who followed the underground railway to the north.
1893- Georgia Lee Witt Lusk birthday, educator, state government official, and congressional representative is known as the first lady of New Mexico.
In 1924 she was elected superintendent of schools in her home county and elected superintendent of public instruction for the state 1930. She moved on to the U.S. Congress in 1946, and was a member of the War Claims Commission (1949-1953). Lusk was instrumental in getting free textbooks in all the New Mexico school.
1903—Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco, caught on film by
H.J. Miles. (video playback needed to see black and white silent film at, 14.3mb download, too, and the president turns away from the camera at the closet point, but to see the people and the times is quite interesting(the date on the film
is the date it was released, not the actual day of May 12:
( lower half of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may12.html
1912-Alto sax player Marshall Royal Birthday, played lead sax for
Count Basie for over 20 years, plus was the band manager, born Sapulpa, OK
1928- Burt Bacharach birthday.
1934- A great dust bowl storm darkened the skies from Oklahoma east to the Atlantic Coast.
1955 - Sam Jones of the Chicago Cubs pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 4-0. Jones became the first black pitcher to throw a major-league no-hitter.
1955 - Gisele MacKenzie played a singer on the NBC-TV program, "Justice". She introduced her soon-to-be hit song, "Hard to Get". The song went to number four on the "Billboard" pop music chart by September.
1955 - Passengers crowded in to ride the last run of the Third Avenue elevated, "The El", in New York City. The way-above-ground train trip down memory lane went from Chinatown to the Bronx.
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
1956- the Sun Record Company in Memphis ran an ad in the music trade papers announcing the first record by what was termed "one of the truly great talent finds." The artist was Johnny Cash, and the record was "I Walk the Line."
1957 - A.J. Foyt earned his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, Missouri. He went on to become a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 - in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977.
1960- Elvis Presley appeared on Frank Sinatra's "Timex Spectacular" on ABC TV. Presley sang one of Sinatra's hits, "Witchcraft," while Sinatra tackled "Love Me Tender."
1962- Billboard reports last year's most-played jukebox disc was country star Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John." One vote behind was Chubby Checker's "The Twist."
Hello Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles
My Guy - Mary Wells
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
1964-Barbra Streisand wins the Grammy Award for Best Female Vocalist for The Barbra Streisand Album
1965- the Rolling Stones began a two-day recording session at Chess Studios in Chicago, laying down the basic tracks for "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
1969-the first transpacific sailboat crossing by a woman was made by Sharon Sites Adams, who sailed form Yokohma, Japan in a 31-foot fiberglass ketch, the “Sea Sharp.” She arrived at San Diego, CA, on July 25, having covered a distance of approximately 5,620 miles in 74 days.
1969-Chevrolet announced that it would discontinue production of the Corvair. The Corvair, which had come under heavy attack in Ralph Nader's 1965 diatribe Unsafe At Any Speed, never achieved great success, thanks mostly to its reputation for poor safety. Nader called the Corvair "one of the nastiest-handling cars ever built." The front-wheel drive model was accused of flipping over in moderately severe accident conditions. In the end, over five hundred individual court cases dealing with the Corvair were filed against General Motors. GM never lost one of these cases, although it did settle out of court in a number of them. Debate continues over whether or not the Corvair was actually an unsafe car. Some contend that the front-wheel drive and the heavy horsepower of the car were too much for some drivers to handle. Whatever the case, the public's attitude toward the Big Three car executives changed dramatically during the course of the debate over Nader's book. The insidious tactics used by GM to silence Nader may have been more damaging to the company's reputation than the poor handling of the Corvair. In the end, the debate killed the sale of the Corvair, and its discontinuation followed a 200 percent decrease in the model's sales between 1965 and 1969. Today it is a “collector’s item.”
1970- At Wrigley Field only 5,264 fans see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is umpire Frank Secory who was also one of the umps in the September 20,1953 game in which Mr. Cub hit is initial round-tripper. The second- inning line drive off Braves' pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers, is retrieved by Atlanta outfielder, Rico Carty after it bounces back onto the field and gives the ball to the Cub first baseman .
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
Grandma Harp - Merle Haggard
1972 -A cloudburst dumped 16 inches of rain north of New Braunfels, Texas sending a 30 foot wall of water down Blueders Creek into the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. The flood claimed 18 lives and caused more than 20 million dollars in damage.
1977 - The Eagles earned a gold record for the hit, "Hotel California". The award was the second of three gold record singles for the group. The other million sellers were "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight". Two number one songs by The Eagles - "Best of My Love" and "One of These Nights" - didn’t quite make the million-seller mark.
1979- the new Jefferson Starship, with Mickey Thomas replacing Grace Slick as lead vocalist, debuted at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Thomas had been the lead singer on Elvin Bishop's 1976 hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."
Call Me - Blondie
Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Beneath Still Waters - Emmylou Harris
Jewish conservative movement ordained the first female rabbi, Amy Eilberg
at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
1987 - In Washington, actor-director Woody Allen and others testified in Congress against film colorization. Ted Turner, multi-millionaire businessman, was transforming black-and-white films he had purchased to colorize. Many people regarded his alterations of original films as criminal acts.
1987 - A heat wave persisted in central California. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Fresno CA and 102 degrees at Sacramento CA were records for the date.
1988 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the western U.S. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pendleton OR with a high of 92 degrees and Phoenix AZ with a reading of 106 degrees
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D’Arby
Anything for You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
Cry, Cry, Cry - Highway 101
1989 - Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure system stalled over New York State drenched Portland ME with 4.50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Rains of 5 to 7 inches soaked the state of Maine over a four day period causing 1.3 million dollars damage.
1996- IBM and Sears signed a deal to sell Prodigy to an investment group called International Wireless. The two companies co founded the online company in 1984 and invested more than $1 billion in the venture. It was one of the first internet companies. The buyout was welcomed by Prodigy's management, who received an ownership stake in the company
My All- Mariah Carey
You re Still The One- Shania Twain
Everybody [Backstreet s Back]- Backstreet Boys
2001- Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston's Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.
The Mysteries And Future Of Websites
by Naseem Javed
Websites have just completed a full circle of a hard struggle,
and somehow survived where other traditional marketing tools
and old principals failed big time. Now the same sites and domain
names must face harsher realities once again, all to ensure high
visibility and exposure they so provide. Today without visibility,
on e-commerce, websites are simply doomed. While billions of web
pages poised for the right match, only clashing into billions of
surfing customers are simply flooding each other. Millions of splashy
logos with billions of expensive web pages are all deeply
submerged in this ocean of e-commerce. Customers all over
the world are only amused as they watch the websites struggle
to gain attention at a zillion choices per second. Their mysterious
behavior on search engines and the role of alpha-structures of each
and every domain name is now a very big question. Why?
Boom time, a million domain names a day were registered. Those days,
most unusual, silly and totally dysfunctional names were the sought after
icons of get-rich-quick dreamers of the exuberant populace. 99% of
such names failed. Exhausted or expired such names have now disappeared.
While ICANN and the domain registrars wonder on the disappearance
of continual registrations and renewals, the real question now is the fate
of the remaining millions of business domain names in active use on global
From its inception, when the genius founders doodled on a napkin and
came up with the big five suffixes: .com, .net, .gov, .edu, .mil, and .org,
and declared “www” as the one and only key to cyberspace, changing
business forever. This weird and strange thing called a domain name costing
pennies in comparison to a trademark registration, was often left to webmasters
or junior staff to play with. Today, if a domain name issue is not being
dealt at a senior boardroom level, then behold the quick demise of that corporation;
from marketing to branding and just about everything else it does.
A URL is the only key that opens the gate to a corporation, its products,
images and identities. There is no other bypass to the URL to access a website.
As the old-fashioned print-driven advertising and branding has taken the back seat,
the marketing and survival strategies for these new cyber-branding issues
are all on the forefronts.
Five New Magical Skills Necessary For Survival
What are Alpha-Structures and why are they killing great websites?
You must be able to decipher how and why your business names are composed
and structured and only then you can achieve your marketing goal? This process
of fine tuned analysis is not a simple routine for English major or linguists, rather
a science and a fine art. Names must go through a critical analysis under
the Laws of Corporate Naming. One must determine the size, personality,
and length plus the choices of alpha character as each emulates its own unique signals.
Are names too short or too long, do they have the right number of letters,
do they fit the personality of your company? Do your customer recognize
your desired message in that name? This skill is a must for all marketing and
branding teams, and is essential for corporate image management.
Complexities of e-commerce and massive duplication of similar and identical
names on the web have made this a tactical exercise. General branding exercises are not
naming analysis. Establish a review and get all your names properly analyzed,
this in not expensive at all compared to what is at stake. Use professionally designed
training available via webinars and executive workshops
What is “Search-Ability” and why can it keep you in oblivion?
You can check your name’s visibility in a second by entering it on
Google in “quotes”. It makes a huge difference where you are on a search page
Are your names popping up on the first page, somewhere after 10 pages
or nowhere to be found? Study search-engine-optimization in great detail.
It’s now a brand new frontier. Either your customers can find you easily or you’re
simply lost. No amount of money can create a bounce to your expensive websites
or your big budget branding in these times, except your alpha-structure of your URLs.
Only an in-depth analysis will point to the problems and show methods to fix them.
What is Global “Domainization” and how do you expand your reach?
How many domain names do you have and why? The art of cyber-branding now
demands sharper skills on domain registrations and their website management.
Multiple domain names create multiple problems in multiple markets. There
are rules to be followed. The power of e-commerce is all hidden in its access
via URL’s as there is no other way to get to a page of your site. Great opportunities
are missed by not having a sophisticated naming system for global cyber branding.
Have a proper system in place to manage global complexity. There are too many
fancy services most are flaky, faceless and without references yet offering strange
global registrations and localization, so be aware.
What is Linguistics and why do they embarrass your international customers?
Whatever you call a name in one country can mean something entirely different
when it circumnavigates around the globe. How do you tackle such languages
issues? Acquire skills and a deeper understanding of global communications.
Even if you’re a regional player, your sites are still visible and exposed to the
entire globe. Cyber branding is an extremely global phenomenon.
What is “Mindsharing” and how do you win new customers?
Mindshare is more important then marketshare. Customers must allow a name
brand to settle in their minds before they give you cash. Market positioning is
more critical then profit maximization. The human mind is gravitated towards
good names those are end-user-friendly and trustworthy. With millions of silly and
randomly structured names, the mind becomes overly tired. So, what are good,
catchy names and how do you establish them? It becomes easy once you have
the right expertise. Go online and bring in professional webinars within your entire
corporations, this is the most cost effective way to make e-learning a possibility
and this will also bring harmony in your branding while dramatically increasing
your overall marketing performance.
Big branding has gone for a big sleep, no need to wake it up. Now the most cost effective way is to handle your cyber-image using new set of skills and new techniques to turbo-charge your overall cyber-marketing. The future will be pretty clear when planned today.
Naseem Javed author Naming for Power and also Domain Wars, recognized as world authority on global Name Identities and Domain Issues, introduced The Laws of Corporate Naming in the eighties and also founded ABC Namebank, a consultancy he established in New York & Toronto a quarter century ago.