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What is an exact brand match domain?

We have covered the difference between a domain name, URL and a website, touched on the history of domain names and their role for a brand, and the various domain name extensions with their ups and downs. If you have ever browsed our twitter timeline or the Domain Upgrades section on SmartBranding, you have come […]

How Independent is Your Brand?

Independence Day Today, 4th of July, United States of America celebrates Independence Day. If you are born in America or you live there you probably know the history of Independence Day and the values that are commemorated each year. But let’s revisit the history really quick for the ones who don’t live in “the land of […]

I don’t need to invest in a domain name, everyone finds me on Google anyway…or do they?

The above is something I hear often from entrepreneurs – domain names don’t matter, people will find me on Google. It is a logical thought and a easy way to get the problem solved quick – throw some cash at SEO or just buy some ads – problem solved. Building your own brand on the […]

How did Stripe get its name?

Back in 2010 two brothers from Ireland, John and Patrick Collison were joined by Greg Brockman, to start a business that we all today know as Stripe. Greg shared the story of how they came up with the brand’s name. The initial product was a developer focused payments API, so when it came to naming […]

Risks and Benefits of Using Country Extension Domain Names

What are country domain extensions? Country domain name extensions, or country code top-level domain (ccTLD) are internet top-level domains generally used or reserved for sites based within a country, sovereign state, or dependent territory that identifies with a country code. Each country has their own domain extension specified by the International Standards Organization. ccTLDs consist […]

10 Notable Rebrands in 2021

2021 was definitely a tough year for global brands and the pandemic is not the only reason. More than ever our decisions to buy something or not are not just based on the qualities or price of a product, but also on what a brand stands for. We demand from companies to be genuine, we […]

Crypto.com Arena - The Start of a New Era

Thursday night, the 23rd December 2021, marked the end of an era –  The Staples Center, home of the Lakers and Clippers from 1999-2021, from now on will go by the name of Crypto.com Arena. AEG, the owner and operator of the arena, announced the agreement with Crypto.com last month, saying in a statement that the deal […]

James Currier, General Partner at NFX, a seed-stage venture firm headquartered in San Francisco on names

Every business has a name, that’s quite obvious and we can all agree that you can’t have a nameless business. Where opinions divide usually is the importance that is given to a name. Over the last couple of years we have conducted numerous interviews with entrepreneurs sharing their brand name stories. We also launched a […]

Cognitive biases applied to domain names

A cognitive bias by definition is a systematic error in thinking that affects how we judge the information we receive, and so the decisions we make as a result. We have that ability to create our own subjective reality based on our perception of the information input from the world around us. It is usually […]

OpenSea.io Invests in Their Exact Brand Match - OpenSea.com

OpenSea is one of the most known marketplaces for NFTs. Even though you likely heard of it this year, OpenSea was founded back in 2017 by Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah. The brand launched on the domain name OpenSea.io. The .io domain name extension is the country code for the British Indian Ocean Territory. It has […]

Branding a product good for health with respect for our planet - the story of ODONTELLA

ODONTELLA is the producer of the world’s first marine microalgae authorized for human consumption. The ODONTELLA company was created in 2016 on the basis of the scientific and nutritional knowledge of Dr Alain Guillou. The CEO is Patrick de Bossoreille. ODONTELLA is developing a range of foods produced from marine algae and microalgae – a […]

What happens with your brand when social media sites go down?

When social media platforms used by billions of people worldwide shut down, lives are disrupted and brands are cut off from customers. What would possibly happen to your brand?

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