Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Virtual Tagline and Dot Slogan Train

By Duane J. Higgins, ceo
donasys.com and taglinc.com

What's Your Tagline?


Who wants to get on the virtual tagline and dot slogan train? With the train leaving the station I wanted to offer a few points of clarity. Since many of you are asking what exactly are virtual taglines and dot slogans. Here a few that have been seen (tagged) to these recent posts seen in the wild (twitter posts):

Here you will see a virtual tagline attached to this recent tweet. 
And there is a dot slogan included in this one:
As you can see virtual taglines and dot slogans are domain names. However, a bit more inquiry will bring you to the conclusion that virtual taglines and dot slogans are more of a subset of the domain name category.

A virtual tagline is always a domain name as well. For example: football.life and bostons.best can be virtual taglines. They are also domain names.

A domain name is not necessarily a virtual tagline.

 For further clarification from Wikipedia.org:

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. 

So why is a virtual tagline actually different from a domain name?

There are actually a few reasons. 

Where domain names have been traditionally used more as corporate names, company names, website addresses and for marketing and advertising purposes.

The virtual tagline takes the domain name into the realm of two more specialized purposes:

Taglines (according to dictionary.com) are  a phrase or catchword that becomes identified or associated with a person, group or product etc. through repetition.

In this usage the domain name (virtual tagline) can provide unique benefits in terms of individual Internet identification and linking to another location on the Internet.

In addition. there are no capital letters in virtual taglines and dot slogans.

There is a functional and practical reasons for this. 

This is from Wikipedia.org:

The process of capitalizing letters at the beginning of words in email addresses and website addresses is known as Camel Notation. It provides a virtual cue to the beginning of each word which make the addresses easier to read.

With virtual taglines and dot slogans. The capitalization is not necessary. The dot (.) between each word provides all of the visual cues necessary for separation and clarity between the words.

One more very important differentiation between the "garden variety" domain name and the tagline or dot slogan.

Fonts.

With taglines and dot slogans fonts are important. Very important.

Those who study fonts and what I call "font science" will tell you that the type of font that you use can have a significant impact on the reader. Shapes of letters. Spaces within the letters and between the letters themselves an all impact the emotions of the reader.


With thousands of fonts to choose from. All eliciting and evoking their own set of emotions for the individual reader. For the tagline and dot slogan. The font is important.

So with the train leaving the station.  Is anyone is on board?

If you are interested you may visit our tagline and dot slogan registry here:

taglinc.com

get.your.tagline.link














Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Case for "Virtual Taglines" and "Dot Slogans".



By Duane J. Higgins, ceo, donasys.com and taglinc.com

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is facilitating the ongoing release of upwards of 1000 new domain name extensions. First we had .com, .net, .org and a handful of other domain name extensions. We now have or will soon have .app, .blog, .buzz, .guru, .fun, .group, .fashion, .love, .music, .news, .deals, .play, .shop, .sport, .video, .web, .club, .design, .flowers, .cool, .tube and on and on.

From day one the Internet has been "aflutter" with methods and strategies that we all use for location, identification and promotion. From the individual to the corporation.  With the evolution of the Internet and how that medium is integrated into all of our lives- many identification techniques have been created over time. To name a few we have real names, user names. Handles, email, screen names. aliases, domain names, web pages, urls, blog names, phone numbers and on and on.
So with the expanded opportunities for Internet domain name extensions available I wanted to talk about alternative and expanded uses for domain names. Particularly “virtual taglines” and “dot slogans.”

Is there is going to be a time in the near future when the question of "what's your tagline" will become as common as the oft repeated questions of yesteryear such as "what's your phone number" or "what's your email?" This paper takes a look at that proposition.
The definition of the tagline from Wikipedia.org is here: In entertainment, a tagline (or tag line[1][2]) is a small amount of text which serves to clarify a thought for, or designed with a form of, dramatic effect. Many tagline slogans are reiterated phrases associated with an individual, social group, or product. As a variant of a branding slogan, taglines can be used in marketing materials and advertising.

This is an even better definition from TheFreeDictionary.com:
tag line n. An often repeated phrase associated with an individual, organization, or commercial product; a slogan.

Here are a few examples of virtual taglines and dot slogans that I threw together for demonstration purposes only.  Note the dots between each word. The extended longer domain names with the dots in between are called sub-domains. Sub-domains are nothing new. You will see many companies use them to indicate specialized sections of their website or for another purpose. Sub domains can easily be set up within your domain name administration panel.

street.actor
skateboard.style
detroit.sexy
smash.mouth.rugby    
call.it.country.cool  
pocket.cash
mary.davis.rocks
football.life    
the.gifted.one    
joseph.cool    
form.over.fashion    
bostons.best    
seattle.coding.guru

You get the idea. With upwards of 1000 new domain name extensions currently being launched the possibilities are literally endless. Where could virtual taglines and dot slogans be used?
From my perspective virtual taglines and dot slogans have the following uses and more:
Attachment to social media posts for identification and linking
Redirection from one point on the Internet to another
Embedding in websites for marketing and SEO purposes (search engine optimization)
Traditional advertising
Digital advertising
Text and SMS marketing 

You will find a  virtual tagline embedded in one of our sites here:
donasys.com

Here is a sighting of a virtual tagline in the wild (twitter post) for demonstration purposes:
Virtual taglines can also be used anywhere that a domain name could be used and anywhere that a hashtag could be used and beyond. (We all know what hashtags are. They provide a way for social media users to tag their posts with keywords, which in turn make it easier for social networks to organize the information and for users to search.)

Think of virtual taglines being attached to social media posts. (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Remember that if you use the tagline you can then connect the tagline (string) to any other site or location that you want because the tagline is actually a domain name. Or you may just use the tagline as an identifier for you.

Virtual taglines can be used in the body of any sms/text message. Allowing the user to include their tagline in the body of the text and consequently link to where you choose (or not).
Virtual taglines can also be used for vanity email. For example: john@coding.guru

We have also begun experimentation with embedding virtual taglines into our own websites. These virtual taglines can serve as a stand alone entity (and be used for marketing purposes) or you can link from there to another location on your site or another site entirely.
Virtual taglines can also be used as an advertisement unto themselves. 

The tagline can be used as an Internet identifier or Internet brand. To be used at ones own discretion where and when you like. Remember the tagline can be linked to any other site on the Internet that you like. Website. Blog. Social Media site or whatever. Or the tagline can be used as a stand alone entity much like the "hashtag". The main difference between a tagline and a hashtag is that you “own” the tagline. You do not “own” the hashtag.

Tagline vernacular could be integrated into everyday language just as the term "hashtag" is often used relating to social media posts. For example sleek.style would be pronounced sleek (dot) style. yoga.gal would be yoga (dot) gal and on and on. Further integrating the use of taglines into popular media and culture.

You could of course buy, sell and trade virtual taglines. Much like what is done with domain names. Domain name marketplaces are numerous and already designed to trade and deal in virtual taglines and dot slogans.

Remember that every tagline is unique. This gives the tagline unique value. Unique to you. Your brand. Your online identity. However you wanted to look at it and use it.  No two would be the same.  (by the way, the uniqueness is what makes domain names so valuable to begin with). The value is in the differentiation. The uniqueness. The originality. The unique value that can not be replicated. For example. Capital.com is probably worth several million dollars. What do you think Captial.com is worth? (note the misspelling) Virtually nothing. Those value differentiations could apply to taglines as well.

There will soon be 1000 new domain name extensions. Certain domain extensions would certainly be "grooved" for tagline marketing. Some of those were listed above such as: .app, .blog, .best, .buzz, .guru, .group, .fashion, .love, .music, .news, .one, .deals, .play, .shop, .sport, .video, .web, .club, .design, .flowers, .green, .cool, .tube and on and on.

So I did find it more than interesting that on (May 11, 2015) when news came out in various news channels that Facebook is testing its own in-app search engine. An application that will allow users to post links in their status updates. Without having to visit Google or another search engine.  The way it works is that users will see an "add a link" option next to buttons to add photos or other information.  I'm sure Facebook will be providing more information on this potential Google killer as we move forward. As I have mentioned virtual taglines and dot slogans are nothing more than links. Links that either identify yoruself with an Internet identity or brand or carry you to another location on the Internet. Just as most other domain names do.

There is also a very interesting article (by Barry Swartz) found this week in Search Engine Land published May 4, 2015. . According to the article:

"Google Confirms New Experiment with Twitter in Search Results."

According to this article Google is expected to begin showing Twitter content in search this month.
Google is apparently finally making use of the new deal it signed with Twitter to put tweets into Google’s search results. The company confirmed a “small experiment” that some are seeing in the search results.
Is this "small experiment" the beginning of something big and potentially the impetus for “virtual taglines” and dot slogans to ingrain themselves into Twitter, social media and popular culture?

 Time will tell.

If you are interested our virtual tagline and dot slogan registry is here:
taglinc.com

(Or) get in on the ground floor of this new investment class and become a reseller.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Social Media Taglines

By Duane J. Higgins, ceo
Donasys.com

"A Domain Name In Every Pot."



During the presidential campaign of 1928, a circular published by the Republican Party claimed that if Herbert Hoover won there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” (From InfoPlease.com).

So what is it going to take to get us all to the point that there is a domain name in nearly every Internet users hands?

I say what will take us there will be social media taglines. 

I do believe that social media taglines have the potential to explode the growth of the global top level domain names (gTLDs). I have written about his much recently. Particularly in this time and place of  the massive domain name expansion. The expansion of generic Top-Level Domains (e.g. .COM, .ORG, .NET) in the Domain Name System is underway. Over 1,300 new names or "strings" could become available in the next few years.

So without trying to be overly dramatic. Here  is an actual sighting of social media tagline in the wild. This is basically a screenshot of a tweet that utilized a social media tagline:



How many people are using social media in some form or fashion? Whether it be Facebook, Twitter or whatever?

Lets just say billions and billions already. Soon to be many billions more.

Once the social media taglines catch on we may finally see the domain name use and expansion that was predicted several years ago. (from a measly few hundred million into the billions.)

This is our social media tagline and dot slogan registry:

taglinc.com

Try a tagline yourself or become a reseller.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Did Facebook Just "Like" the "Tagline?"

By Duane J. Higgins, ceo
Donasys.com

I have been posting for several weeks regarding some exciting and innovative uses for domain names. As I had mentioned previously the key to adoption for the "taglines" and "dot slogans" will be integration into social media.

So I did find it more than interesting yesterday (May 11, 2015) when news came out in various news channels that Facebook is testing its own in-app search engine. An application that will allow users to post links in their status updates. Without having to visit Google or another search engine.  The way it works is that users will see an "add a link" option next to buttons to add photos or other information.  I'm sure Facebook will be providing more information on this little Google killer as we move forward.

So as I have mentioned taglines and dot slogans are nothing more than links. Links that either identify yourself with an Internet identity or brand or carry you to another location on the Internet. Just as most other domain names do.

So again here are a sample tagline and dot slogan that I have been experimenting with. They both point to our tagline and dot slogan registry:

tagline.buzz

get.your.tagline.link

Our tagline and dot slogan registry is here:

taglinc.com

Here is our partner/reseller platform:

taglinc reseller

Who will be the early adopters?




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Why Taglines and Dot Slogans?

By Duane J. Higgins, ceo
Donasys.com

In a prior post titled "Mobile Phone Numbers, Email Addresses and ... Domain Names." I speculated that "there may be a time in the coming years where the question of "what's your domain name?" will be as common as the oft repeated questions of yesteryear such as "what's your email address?" or "what's your mobile phone number? 

So I wanted to elaborate further as to how we could potentially get to that point in the future  (where we all own a domain name or more than one)?

To start off I wanted to refer you to an article (by Barry Swartz) found this week in Search Engine Land. According to the article:

"Google Confirms New Experiment with Twitter in Search Results."

According to this article Google is expected to begin showing Twitter content in search this month.


Since, I have been discussing new and innovative uses of domain names recently with social media "taglines" and dot slogans. I wanted to start with what a social media tagline is to start with. Here is a copy of my last Tweet that included a social media tagline:

Duane J. Higgins @cybrands
Xtradot.com  is our domain name registry and reseller platform. Specializing in taglines and dot slogans. tagline.buzz

The tagline (tagline.buzz) is highlighted in the example.

Here is a tagline to our partner/reseller site: tagline.science

So that accounts for tagline usage in Twitter. 

What about Facebook? Instagram? You Tube? Search Engines (especially with voice recognition) etc.?   

Are we on the ground floor of something really big?

Before we jump ahead too far. I just wanted to ask a simple question as to how can taglines be used for effectiveness?


For one as an identifier or Internet brand. Use it at your own discretion where and when you like. Remember the tagline can be linked to any other site on the Internet that you like. Website. Blog. Social Media site or whatever. Or the tagline can be used as a stand alone entity much like the "hashtag". The main difference between a tagline and a hashtag is that "you own the tagline." You do not own the hashtag.



3.) You can of course buy, sell and trade taglines. Much like what is done with domain names. Remember that every tagline is unique. This gives the tagline unique value.

Dot slogans can be used in many of the same ways that taglines can.  Here is a dot slogan for our newly launched gTLD registry:

get.your.tagline.link

More to come on this topic.

Monday, April 27, 2015

For the New Domain Names: Are "Taglines" a Way Forward?

By Duane J. Higgins, ceo
Donasys.com

"What's your tagline"?

Is there is going to be a time in the near future when the question of "what's your tagline" will become as common as the oft repeated questions of yesteryear such as "what's your phone number" or "what's your email?"


The reason I ask is that the ongoing release of the new gTLDs (domain name extensions) so far has been met with a tepid response at best. In fact, the registration numbers of the new domain names are already 10s of millions below what had been projected and expected by many. Is it time for alarm bells? Perhaps it's just time we take a look at the potential expanded usage of Internet domain names as we move forward.


So, first we had .com, .net, .org and a handful of other domain name extensions. We now have or will soon have .app, .blog, .buzz, .guru, .fun, .group, .fashion, .love, .music, .news, .deals, .play, .shop, .sport, .video, .web, .club, .design, .flowers, .cool, .tube and on and on.  Soon to be close to 1000 new domain name extensions added to the mix of available domain names.


From day one the Internet has been "aflutter" with methods and strategies that we all use for promotion and identification. From the individual to the corporation.  With the evolution of the Internet and how that medium is integrated into all of our lives- many identification techniques have been created over time.

To name a few we have:

Real names, user names. email, screen names. aliases, domain names, web pages, urls, blogs, Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, Twitter, Phone numbers and on, and on and on. 

So what's next when it comes to ways to identify ourselves on the Internet?

I'm looking at taglines and dot slogans.

The definition of the tagline from Wikipedia.org is here:

In entertainment, a tagline (or tag line[1][2]) is a small amount of text which serves to clarify a thought for, or designed with a form of, dramatic effect. Many tagline slogans are reiterated phrases associated with an individual, social group, or product. As a variant of a branding slogan, taglines can be used in marketing materials and advertising.

This is an even better definition from TheFreeDictionary.com:

tag line
n.
An often repeated phrase associated with an individual, organization, or commercial product; a slogan.

Also from Wikipedia.org regarding Slogans:

A slogan is a memorable motto or phrase used in a political, commercial, religious, and other context as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose.  Marketing slogans are often called taglines.  Slogans are used to convey a message about the product, service or cause that it is representing.

Here are a few examples of taglines and dot slogans that I threw together for demonstration purposes only.  Note the dots between each word. The extended longer domain names with the dots in between are called sub-domains. Sub-domains are nothing new. You will see many companies use them to indicate specialized sections of their website or for another purpose. Sub domains can easily be set up within your domain name administration panel at our newly launched registry and platform here (xtradot.com)We support taglines and dot slogans.
  
Some sample  taglines:

eloquent.actor
sleek.style
extra.cash
survivor.fan
abundant.life
detroit.sexy
forever.rugby
country.cool
bee.expert
american.green
Some examples of dot slogans:

nothing.does.compare
hot.yoga.works
no.excuse.zone
ultimate.small.town.lawyer
southern.style.cooking
do.it.yourself.design

our.gear.rocks
not.our.first.rodeo


You get the idea. With upwards of 1000 new domain name extensions currently being launched the possibilities are literally endless. Where could taglines and dot slogans be used?  

Social media and advertising is the short answer. 

As for social media, I could see "taglines" evolving to similar usage to "hashtags."

We all know what hashtags are. They provide a way for social media users to tag their posts with keywords, which in turn make it easier for social networks to organize the information and for users to search.

Taglines can be used anywhere that a domain name could be used and anywhere that a hashtag could be used and beyond. Think of taglines attached to social media posts. Remember that if you use the tagline you can then connect the tagline (string) to any other site or location that you want because the tagline is actually a domain name. Or you may just use the tagline for an identifier for you.

Tagline vernacular could be integrated into everyday language just as the term "hastag" is often used relating to social media posts. For example sleek.style would be pronounced sleek (dot) style. yoga.gal would be yoga (dot) gal and on and on. Further integrating the use of taglines into popular media and culture.

Dot slogans would be of course something that could be added to a marketing strategy. The dot slogan allows for more advertising, more marketing and most importantly more visibility and memorability. Dot slogans can be a new advertising channel.


There will soon be 1000 new domain name extensions. Certain domain extensions would certainly be "grooved" for tagline marketing. Some of those were listed above such as: .app, .blog, .best, .buzz, .guru, .group, .fashion, .love, .music, .news, .one, .deals, .play, .shop, .sport, .video, .web, .club, .design, .flowers, .green, .cool, .tube and on and on.

Is it possible that eventually we will also all need (or want) a dot brand? So what is the big advantage of the tagline?

Much like phone num.combers, email addresses and physical addresses. All taglines would be unique. Unique to you. Your brand. Your online identity. However you wanted to look at it and use it.  No two would be the same.  (by the way, the uniqueness is what makes domain names so valuable to begin with). The value is in the differentiation. The uniqueness. The originality. The unique value that can not be replicated. For example. Capital.com is probably worth several million dollars. What do you think Captial.com is worth? Virtually nothing. Those differentiations could apply to taglines as well.

The very first domain name (Symbolics.com) was registered in on March 15, 1985. Is it possible that we are heading  a new era of taglines and dot slogans?

Here are our first marketing taglines:

tagline.buzz       (taglines and dot slogans)   
tagline.science   (our partner site)


Here are our first dot slogans:

dot.slogans.work
get.your.tagline.link

Our tagline and dot slogan platform is here. Get your first tagline or become a ground floor reseller!:

taglinc.com

Two more salient points. Search engines (including social) are already programmed to search taglines and dot slogans. In addition, it's a nice differentiation for "taglines" to always be lower cased. Capitalized characters are not necessary.