Strong Growth in Second Quarter Further Consolidates Firm as Top gTLD Expert
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 12, 2013
Domain name consultancy FairWinds Partners Thursday announced strong second-quarter growth built on increasing public interest and acceptance of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which are being developed under the auspices of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Double-digit percentage revenue gains were attributable to a 36 percent increase between the first and second quarters in the number of FairWinds clients for gTLD services. Strong market interest in FairWinds’ services further consolidates the firm’s leading position among strategic advisory firms.
As ICANN prepares to hold its 47th public meeting next week in Durban, South Africa, over half of FairWinds’ top-level domain clients were among the Fortune 500 and one third were among the Global 500.
“The coming expansion of the domain name space has provided a fertile environment in which FairWinds could grow,” founding partners Josh Bourne and Phil Lodico said in a joint statement. “As public awareness about the coming Internet expansion progresses, FairWinds will continue to seize opportunities to provide the best strategic advice to global brands, non-profits, and other businesses so they can profit in the new space.
“In preparation for the rollout of the first new gTLDs, we have developed a new service to help clients – both gTLD applicants and non-applicants – register their marks in the Trademark Clearinghouse and protect their brands through multiple sunrise periods and land rushes as each new gTLD goes online.”
As early as September, the Internet will begin to expand exponentially with the eventual addition of approximately 1,400 new top-level domain names and ultimately thousands upon thousands of new second-level domains attached to the new gTLDs. This development will impact practically every aspect of life online including privacy, security, branding, consumer targeting, navigation, search functions, consumer choice, and more.
FairWinds Partners provides a range of services to its clients, including development and execution of domain portfolio strategies, educating clients on policy and political developments, conducting original research, navigating the complex requirements of various governing bodies, and advocating on behalf of brands before ICANN.
ICANN’s Durban meeting, to be held July 14-18, will witness final negotiations on a number of outstanding questions about the operation of new gTLDs, including the contract that all new gTLD applicants will be required to sign. FairWinds Chief Executive Officer Nao Matsukata and Vice President Liz Sweezey will represent the company at the ICANN meeting.