Jumpstart your online presence.
There are so many things to consider when starting a new business. Location, staffing, advertising, legal, office supplies, sales, accounting… And it all has to fit within the confines of a lean start-up budget. People usually stick to the bare essentials when starting a new business, which often means forgoing investing in a domain name early-on. While this works out for some companies, it can be a costly mistake for others.
Business continues to move toward the web and the establishment of an online presence is more important than ever. Domain names have become one of the most valuable early assets a company can acquire. If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why buying a brandable business domain gives you a head start.
1. They Feel Right
Want to establish yourself quickly and give your company a sense of legitimacy? Purchase the right brandable domain name to make your company look and sound the part. A name that is original, thoughtful, catchy, and unique helps your company pass the “sniff test” among your target audience. Don’t settle for a domain name based solely on what is free or cheap. It’ll leave you with a cumbersome name; one that needs further explaining or spelling out loud. Going cheap on a domain name can sometimes communicate the wrong message, allowing customers to fixate on the name itself and wonder why you didn’t choose a better one. A good domain name should make customers feel as though the company should already exist. It exudes a sense of familiarity. It should fit like an old shoe, allowing customers to move on to your product and message.
2. They Help Avoid Confusion
Perhaps you’ve heard something like this on the TV or radio before: “Quikhomemortgages.net. That’s ‘quik’ without the c. That’s q-u-i-k home mortgages…” Sure, the company might have a great product, great website, great prices, and great customer service. But now they’ve spent one-third of a 15-second spot repeating and spelling out their name in hopes that you’ll remember it hours later at your computer. A good brandable domain name should be clear and simple, helping audiences hear or see it right the first time and recall it when they need it. This is especially important for new companies starting with little to no familiarity or brand equity amongst its target audience. The potential for enhanced recall makes for a much more efficient and cost-effective marketing strategy.
3. They Help You Stand Out
A great domain name should be unique and clever enough to create a clear line of separation from your company and its competitors. Choosing a name solely based on your personal name, location, or some arbitrary combination of words means you’re losing out on the opportunity to communicate a clear line of delineation around your company and its unique approach to the delivery of products and services. For example, let’s say you’re starting a company that delivers bi-weekly protein powder and supplements and you happen to be located in Sarasota, FL. You could choose a name like westfloridanutrition.com and find that it’s available. But you’d be losing out on the opportunity to communicate what is unique about your company. In essence, you’re burying the lead.
In this case, you’d do much better to choose a name that reflects the ease of your delivery service, the variety of products the customer will experience, or the unique subscription service approach your company offers. This might require an invented name that evokes images of these qualities when heard or read. If such a name is available online, its worth considering the value of a unique, brandable name when considering the price.
4. They Will Create a Clarity, Focus & Direction
Just like with branding, a brandable domain name allows your company to assume an identity and all of the clarity and focus that comes with it. In the early stages of a company, this identity can be extremely refreshing and liberating. It allows the organization to coalesce around this new name and imagery. Knowing who you are helps the organization run smoothly, as it provides a point of reference and guidance for day-to-day operations and decision-making. Once you’ve acquired your domain name and any logo and color scheme that may come with it, you’re free to move on to other pressing tasks. Because your brand will be seen on all of your promotional materials, business cards, stationary, and email correspondences, choose a brandable domain and logo early-on to quickly establish brand presence.
5. It Will Help You Avoid Legal Issues
Choosing a name that hasn’t been used in any way by any other company in any similar industry, or that could be misconstrued as such, can be a real pain. What’s especially painful is the legal ramifications of possible copyright infringement. While you might think the name you came up with sounds awesome, it’s likely that someone somewhere in the world thought the same thing. That’s why it’s so difficult, now more than ever, to choose a name that isn’t already in use. Don’t settle for a sub-par name or risk the enormous costs of rebranding later down the road after being served a cease and desist letter.
Purchase a brandable domain name; it might be your best bet. After-all, someone has already done the work of sifting, sorting, and vetting these brand names to ensure their availability and originality. Branding a company, starting with the domain name first, typically ensures that the name is available across the board and is fair game. It also means you’ll likely have access to the corresponding social media handles as well.