.Me Registry Releasing: Around.ME, Hire.ME, Fund.ME, Find.ME, For.ME

The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME Internet extension, is releasing five exclusive, previously unreleased premium domain names: Around.ME, Hire.ME, Fund.ME, Find.ME and For.ME.

The .ME Premium Domain Program is open for applications starting May 10, 2013 and is set to close June 15, 2013.

These memorable .ME domain names are ideal for any company that wishes to brand themselves as unique and personal or launch a new product using an exclusive name. All businesses, large or small, existing or start-up, are eligible to apply.

 

The .ME Registry CEO, Predrag Lesic explains: “The goal of the Premium Domain Program is to assign the very best premium domains to the best content. We are not interested in just selling the domain; we think the quality of service provided has a far better value for our company and for the end users. That’s the main criteria we’ll be looking for in our Premium Domain Program applicants.”

 

The .ME Premium Domain Program, which began in 2008, has had many successful applicants. Startups like About.me, Couple.me and Connect.me as well as established companies like Visa (V.me), Google (Ro.me) and Time Inc. (Ti.me) have all participated in the program.

 

“Branding our service with a dotME domain was an obvious choice because we provide a unique, personalized experience for our users to display a full snapshot of their lives online in one central place,” said Ryan Freitas, co-founder of About.ME. “We also found that the ability to so specifically brand About dot me was an integral part of how we were able to make such a successful connection with our users.”

 

Applicants are judged on the quality of the service they are providing, their references and their business proposals. The winning applicants for Around.ME, Hire.ME, Fund.ME, Find.ME and For.ME. are scheduled to be announced by July 1, 2013.

 

To learn more about how to apply for one of the five Premium Domains, as well as the application and selection process, please visit http://www.domain.me/premium-domain-program
To learn more about the .ME Registry, developing a .ME business idea, or to find out how to register a .ME domain name, go to http://www.Domain.Me
For examples and articles about the many clever uses of .ME, visit http://www.Domain.me/blog.

CEO of the .Me Registry, Predrag Lešić, Interviewed In Branding Magazine

Brandingmagazine.com, published an interview with the CEO of the .Me Registry Predrag Lešić , which is worth a read.

Frequent readers to TheDomains.com know we think that domains are all about branding and that Verb.me domains make a great brand.

Here are the two questions and answers we found most interesting from the interview:

Branding Magazine: In the broad spectrum of branding (including marketing and advertising), where do you place domain names in the architecture of brand image? At which point does a brand’s domain name play its most important role?

Predrag Lešić: A domain is a virtual storefront neon sign every business needs. And when you think about the colossal size of the market place your store is a part of (Internet), you have to be unique; not only by the product or service you offer, but also by how you name your store; you have to be memorable; the name has to speak for your business. If it’s good, the domain name can be a giant loud neon sign, which speaks about your service and invites people to come in.

 

I think that is well said and worth repeating:

“your store is a part of (Internet), you have to be unique; not only by the product or service you offer, but also by how you name your store; you have to be memorable; the name has to speak for your business. If it’s good, the domain name can be a giant loud neon sign””

 

BM: The .ME domain system connotes an extremely personal branding experience. How do you see businesses and organizations fitting into this seemingly-singular and uniform image structure?

PL: Businesses are trying today to get closer to their customers, ask about their opinions, and create a individual relationship. The rise of social media is an obvious proof for that. But most of all everybody wants to drive attention to their web presence and everybody is working on his or her own social media. Here is where a personalized connection with the end customer comes to the stage. If you say to your client Join.Me, or Share.Me, or Memorize.Me -what can explain your intention better then a good domain name?

You can read the entire interview here

 

Fits.me Raises Another €2.5 Million & A Total of €5.5 Million

According to Arcticstartup.com, Fits.me which had previously raised €3 million announced a Series A round from an existing investor SmartCap and also new investors onboard: Conor Venture Partners, Fostergate Holdings Limited and The Entrepreneurs Fund bringing the total amount raised at  €5.5 million and

Fits.me  offers a Virtual Fitting Room were you send “your fashion products to Fits.me, where they will put them on a robot and will take anywhere between 1000 and 2500 photos of all shapes and sizes”.

“The consumers can then view how these products would look on their themselves.

“In February 2013, they launched Fit Advisor, which can provide recommendations without any photography. This is done by comparing your body measurements to that of the garment and using algorithms to provide you with recommendations.”

Another great .Me that is simply rocking it.

Congrats

 

.Me Registry Publishes Infographic Highlighting The Success of .Me

The .Me Registry published an infographic highlighting the success of the registry today.

According to the .Me registry:

  • 53% of .Me domains are registered in the US;
  • 46% of .Me domains are registered by businesses;
  • That .Me is the most popular domain choice for startups after .com;
  • There are still 35% of three-character .me domain names available!

You can find all the details in the detailed infographic we’ve created for you reading and viewing pleasure:

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Just In Time For Valentine’s Day .The Giftof.Me: Gift Cards For .Me Domains

The .ME Registry, operator of the .ME domain extension, has launched TheGiftOf.ME, to offer “the perfect present for Valentine’s Day – personalized gift cards for the purchase of .ME domain names”.

This is another great example of new and creative ways that registries will sell domain names and increase the usage of the extension.

In addition to the Giftcard site, the registry will host a three-day, “cheesy” Valentine Twitter contest.

Ten participants will win a free .ME domain and the opportunity to be featured on the .ME blog.

“This Valentine’s Day, the .ME Registry has partnered with ME-net, Montenegro’s leading registrar, to offer gift cards. “

“The process is simple: shoppers can purchase digital gift cards from TheGiftOf.ME and email them to their loved ones. Recipients can then visit the site, select the .ME domain they want and start building their online presence.

To celebrate this holiday, on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, followers of the official .ME Twitter account will have the chance to participate in the #MyCheesyValentine Twitter contest by tweeting funny, witty and unconventional Valentine’s Day greetings. “

“The .ME team will select ten winners, who will be awarded a free .ME domain name registration for one year. Complete rules are posted here”.

“We love the sentiment behind this special day and are thrilled to be sharing love and laughs through our Twitter contest this Valentine’s Day,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. “Our hope is to showcase the creativity of our wonderful community and give people the opportunity to surprise their loved ones with a gift as unique as the person they love – a dot-ME domain name.”

Adoption of the .ME domain extension by the general public and celebrities is rapidly increasing”.

“The extension’s ability to humanize content makes it ideal for personalized online branding”.

“The personal websites of Nick Cannon, , and Suggs McPherson, are excellent examples of high-profile individuals using .ME domains.”

“A Truly Unique Gift, A .ME domain is a wonderful gift for all sorts of people”.

“Bloggers can use a .ME domain for a personal blog”.

“A recent college graduate or job hunter can use a .ME domain to feature a resume. The same is true for artists and individuals looking for a more personal way to showcase what they do online. For those concerned about SEO or online reputation, a .ME domain name can provide a powerful boost to online visibility. The extension is also ideal for a parent who wants to lock down a domain name on behalf of a child or secure a catchy, memorable family email address”.