Brands bid for new domain names

The full list of submissions for the new top level domain names that allow companies to replace the traditional “.com” or .”co.uk” ending has been unveiled, revealing some interesting entries from brands.

Google

The biggest spenders on applications for the new domains were Google and Amazon, who between them racked up more than 100 submissions. Each application cost $185,000.

While many brands sought to protect their company identity, such as “.BBC”, “.Apple”, “.Nike” and “Guardian”, some of the submissions for more common nouns and adjectives could refer to new products, strategies, services or brand campaigns.

Marketing Week has picked out some of the more attention-grabbing applications from brands below.

Amazon

.App, .Author, .AWS, .Book, .Bot, .Box, .Buy, .Call, .Cloud, .Coupon, .Deal, .Dev, .Drive, .Fast, .Game, .Free, .Got, .Group, .Hot, .Jot, .Joy, .Kids, .Like, .Mail, .Map, .Mobile, .Moi, .Movie, .News, .Pay, .Pin, .Read, .Room, .Safe, .Save, .Secure, .Shop, .Show, .Smile, .Song, Spot, .Store, .Talk, .Tunes, .Tushu, .Video, .Wangou, .Wow, Yamaxun, .You, .Zappos, .Zero

American Express

.InAmex, .Open, .

Delta

.Cash,

Fiat

.Case

General Motors

.GMC

Google

.and .android .app.baby .blog .boo .book .buy .cal .channel .chrome .cloud .corp .dad .day .dclk .dds .dev .docs .dog .dot .drive .earth .eat .esq .est .family .film .fly .foo.free .fun .fyi .game .gbiz .gle .gmail .gmbh .goo .goog .hangout .here .home .how .inc .ing .kid .live .llc .llp .lol .love .mail .map .mba .med .meme .mom .moto .movie .music .new .nexus .pet  .phd .play .plus .prod .prof .rsvp .search .shop .show .site .soy .spot .srl .store .talk .team. teach .tour .tube .wow .you .youtube

Guardian

.GDN,

Johnson&Johnson

.Baby,

L’Oreal

.Beauty, .Hair, .Makeup, .Matrix, .Salon, .Skin,

McDonald’s

.MCD

Microsoft

.Azure, .Docs

Starbucks

.Now, .NowTV

Symantec

.Antivirus, .Protection

Telstra

.Yellowpages

The Weather Channel

.Weather

Wal-Mart

.Asda, .George, .Samsclub

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced a programme in 2008 to expand the number of domain names available to companies to increase the amount of domain space on the web.

Applications for the new top level domains closed on (31 May) and the initiative is expected to create up to 1,000 more domain names per year. ICANN released the full list of applicants on 13 June.

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