Innovation, launches and email: new gTLDs deliver in Q3 2020

Clarivate releases its MarkMonitor Q3 2020: New gTLD Quarterly Report with latest news and insights in the .brand Top Level Domain space

As the third quarter of 2020 winds down, the domain industry continues to show development and progression amid uncertain global economic conditions. From improvements in products and additional TLD launches to growth in .brand email usage and upcoming virtual meetings, the Q3 2020: New gTLD Quarterly Report from our MarkMonitor™ team has a little something for everyone. Download this quarter’s report to the right of this post.

More innovative products and services arrive

In 2007, ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization Committee on New Top-Level Domains confirmed its rationale for the introduction of new Top Level Domains. It included a number of reasons such as “to promote competition in the provision of registry services, and to add to consumer choice new gTLDs.

As the new gTLD program delivered a series of TLDs launched from 2013 to the present, domain consumers have begun to see a number of innovations in the domain space. We encourage innovation in the domain industry, so are excited to see the latest example of a domain product with significant security benefits. For details on this product and other recent innovations please download the report.

Launch activity moves at a deliberate pace

At the beginning of Q3, the number of new gTLD registrations was relatively flat compared to the beginning of Q2 – at both points orbiting the 33.2m domain name count. However, there may be changes ahead as there are at least three remaining TLD launches expected this year: .cpa, .contact and .zuerich.

Email trends in .brand TLDs

Back in our Q4 2018: New gTLD Quarterly Report, MarkMonitor analysts reviewed email usage by .brands. We revisited this subject in Q3 with fresh analysis. Do you have an idea of what percentage of .brand domain names currently have the ability to send email?

Online meetings on the calendar

As 2020 moves toward the finish line, two major industry meetings will take place virtually: ICANN’s 22nd Annual General Meeting (ICANN69) on October 17 to 22, 2020 and the INTA Annual Meeting on November 16 to 20, 2020. Our MarkMonitor team will attend these events remotely and provide analysis to our clients via webinars and other communications as available.

Closing out the year

With end of the year nearly here, remember that MarkMonitor can help with key domain portfolio management decisions such as finalizing 2020 launch registration decisions and reviewing renewal forecasts for 2021 to make sure your plans stay on track. Reach out to your client services manager with questions and watch this space for additional updates on activity in the domain industry and how it may affect you into 2021 and the future.

To see more information about above topics, please download the Q3 2020: New gTLD Quarterly Report.