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.QPON DOMAINS, LLC is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based company founded by serial entrepreneur Colin Campbell (Tucows, Hostopia). Campbell formed .QPON specifically for the purpose of applying for and operating the gTLD “.QPON” in conjunction with an online social network platform for Qpons and membership organizations. The company is well funded, having raised $8.2 million from investors.
Who is the backend provider for .QPON?
We have partnered with Neustar as our backend provider for .QPON.
Why is .QPON special?
.QPON is not just another new top level domain name. The word “club” is not like any other “generic” string – .QPON brings immediately recognizable meaning and marketing value to any name to the left of the dot. In addition, .QPON is a truly global brand, as the word “Qpon” carries the same spelling and meaning all over the world.
Who is the target customer for a .QPON domain name?
There are literally millions of clubs and membership organizations throughout the world (and over 500,000 current .com and .org names with the word “club” on the left side of the dot). But the market for .QPON names is much larger than just existing clubs. Every consumer-facing business needs a .QPON name for its affinity/loyalty/customer community. There are over 600 million Facebook groups and countless groups on LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo – many of which are actually clubs that represent people with hobbies, shared interests, and passions.Everyone has a passion. Now, everyone can have a .QPON.
Will anyone be able to get a .QPON name?
Yes! .QPON is a completely open registry with no restrictions or validation hurdles to obtain a name. Whether you are an established organization with thousands of members, or an individual with a passion you want to share, there’s a .QPON name for you.
When will .QPON names be available for sale?
.QPON has neither contention, objections, nor GAC advice, and .QPON has successfully passed ICANN’s initial evaluation. Our ICANN priority number is 1046. However, after removing all of the domains in contention and/or with GAC advice and various other objections, .QPON will more likely be among the first 500 generic TLD’s to enter delegation. More importantly, .QPON will very likely be the first “top 20” generic to come to market. Our current target date for Sunrise is mid-January, 2014.
What About “Sunrise” and “Land Rush?”
.QPON will hold a 60-day Sunrise period which will be aimed at serving trademark holders who have registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Following Sunrise there will be a 60-day “Land Rush” period targeting Domain Investors. For both Sunrise and Land Rush, auctions will be held to resolve multiple applicants for the same .QPON domain.
What will a .QPON domain name cost?
During both the Sunrise and Land Rush periods, the suggested retail price for a .QPON name is $199.00 US. During General Availability, to remain competitive with other mainstream domain names such as .com, the wholesale price to registrars for .QPON names will be $9.75 US (note: volume discounts may apply).
Will the .QPON registry be reserving premium names?
Yes. We will be setting aside certain premium names for both “buy it now” pricing as well as domain auctions.
What kind of Marketing Support will .QPON be providing?
We will be supporting .QPON with a seven figure marketing campaign that includes traditional and non-traditional efforts. Digital, Outdoor, Social, and Direct marketing will be utilized, as well as many grassroots efforts and strategic marketing partnerships (including co-marketing opportunities with registrar partners as appropriate). A “Founder’s Club” program will also establish high profile companies/brands who will use and promote a .QPON URL at the onset. Remember, .QPON is the only domain we are focused on. All of our resources are dedicated to the success of .QPON and your success as a registrar partner.
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