gTLD Statistics and Business Implications Q4 2015

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Top Level Domain Statistics and Business Implications Q4 2015 Overview

  • Average prices were based on prices at the end of September retrieved from 101domain, eNom, GoDaddy and United Domains.  If a TLD was not found on any of these sources websites, an alternative source was used
  • Average number of registrations per day is 46
  • Top 25 TLDs account for almost half of revenues and registration volumes
  • Number of TLDs that will exceed ICANN’s minimum yearly fee is 24
  • Largest group of TLDs are in the $27.50 to $30 retail price range
  • Average revenue of all gTLDs within the dataset is $482k
  • Average retail prices ($31.62 to $91.27) within each tier differ yet the median price difference is minimal ($28.74 to $31.74)
  • Tier 2 & Tier 4 are the only tiers with a moderate correlation between price and volume
  • Based on today’s data, 75% of TLDs are projected to operate at a loss for the next year, conservatively

Insights from gTLD Statistics and Business Implications Q4 2015

Tier 1:  Trailblazers – A strong pack of leading TLDs who continue to grow the gap over the other three tiers 

  • Price is not propelling the volume, the caliber of the TLD is reflecting that registrants will choose and pay for a meaningful, relevant TLD

    Business Implications Q4 2015

    Gap from Tier 1 and all other TLD tiers is growing!

  • Projected yearly volume has increased quarter-over-quarter
  •  Average and median revenues consistently increased throughout 2015 and the only group to increase in Q4 with an average increase of ~50% and median of 20%
  •  Overall strong registration volume along with price (higher average and median retail price in Tier 1)
  •  Portfolio companies are least likely to be in Tier 1
  •  Surmise:  Strong TLDs are understood by registrants and/or have promoted the TLD so registrants recognize it.  This tier will continue to grow and will receive the biggest (and most deserved) benefits from industry growth.

Tier 2:  Path Finders – Finding their way

  • Price is a factor in driving volume with a ‘moderate’ correlation
  •  Question is, can it be offset with increased promotions to become a T1 and get past the price hurdle?
  •  As a group, the length of the TLD in average number of characters is 6.0 (up from 5.6 in T1)
  •  Similar TLDs are more likely to be in tier 2 with over 2/3 having a higher volume at a lower retail price i.e. .accountant/.accountants, .gift/.gifts, .market/.markets
  •  66% of similar TLDs with a shorter length will have a higher registration volume i.e. .gift/.gifts, .review/.reviews, .market/.markets
  •  Average volume is almost the same as in Q3 with the average & median revenues declining 13% & 11% respectively

Tier 3:  Campers – Niche groups of TLDs

  • Niche TLD Registry’s appear to have projected the lower volume and have offset it with a higher price.  Average retail price in T3 is $83.82
  •  14 Q3 Tier 4 TLDs moved to Tier 3 including .tennis, .lgbt, .physio, .irish, .alsace, .saarland, .football, .Taipei, .auction, .garden, .cymru, .vote, .ngo, .how – with 85% having a higher Tier 4 price – these TLDs did not reduce price to increase volume (price decrease 0.7% $0.24)
  •  Registration volumes has decreased over Q3
  •  Average retail prices declined by 22% along with median retail prices at 11% yet have higher than average and median retail prices over Tier 2 and Tier 4
  •  Portfolio companies have the largest number of TLDs in Tier 3

Tier 4:  Hikers – Determining a pathway up!

  • Low daily volumes and retail registration prices
  • Lowest average retail price of $31.62 & median price of $28.74 with a moderate price to volume correlation
  •  A few clusters of TLDs:
    • Political:  .democrat, .republican, (lower than average T4 prices) and .voto, .voting (higher than average T4 prices) yet vote has moved into Tier 3
    • Military:  .army, .navy, .airforce (lower than average prices in T4)
  •  Registration volume has decreased over Q3 along with average retail prices
  •  Biggest tier jumpers from Q3 to Q4 are from Tier 4 to Tier 2:  .plus, .jewelry, .style and .show
  •  48% of IDNs are in Tier 4 (38% in Tier 1, 10% in Tier 2 and 5% in Tier 3)

gTLD Business Implications Q4 2015 and the road ahead

  • Average volumes begin to grow even with the increased number of TLDs
  •  Revenues & Volumes continue to increase
  •  Tier 1 Trailblazers continue to increase the gap from Tier 2 in revenues and registration volumes
  •  Tiers 2 to 4 will have difficulty increasing volumes with some of the bigger new gTLDs still to come
  •  Volume of premium domain name sales will increase but the prices will remain consistent
  •  75% of TLDs will be operating at a loss for the next year with the current volumes & prices
  •  Moving in the right direction with Q4 having the biggest jump since the launch of new gTLDs
  •  Still need to build a bigger bridge to the outside world

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, insight or items to consider for future analysis.


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