Getting PR Coverage For Your Small Business: Contract Out or DIY?

be heardFor a small business getting media coverage may seem like a daunting task. While you may never have a huge PR team like Microsoft, working with a public relations consultant can create a positive face for your company, and generate new business while you’re at it.

If you haven’t worked with a PR person before, it’s hard to know where to start – large firm, independent consultant or a boutique agency? You want someone who understands your business, and the best place to start is probably with a small PR company. A local consultant or boutique firm will usually have smaller clients, and will work with them more closely. You may work with the principal of a small company, rather than a junior PR person at a larger firm. If you want to test the waters but aren’t sure you are ready to hire a PR person, you can always start by doing it yourself.

Read more on Getting PR Coverage For Your Small Business: Contract Out or DIY?…

Expert Advice on Consolidating Your Domain Portfolio

Why Transfer? At Webnames.ca we regularly deal with customers transferring their domain names over to us from other registrars. There are many good reasons to transfer your domain name from one registrar to another. One of the best is to consolidate all your domain names, which will allow you to manage your entire domain portfolio in one place and at one price. By having all of your domains with one registrar you benefit from knowing when your domains are expiring, what services the registrar offers, and even bulk domain pricing.

Read more on Expert Advice on Consolidating Your Domain Portfolio…

2007 YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards Highlights

Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending the 24th Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. I was nominated in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation category by the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), and before I tell you whether or not I won, I want to say that it was an honour to be nominated, and to attend this inspiring event. Over 1000 people attended the gala at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, including many of the local community’s top entrepreneurs, business leaders, media, educators, environmentalists and even David Suzuki, who was sitting at the next table supporting his wife, a nominee in the non-profit/public service category.

Read more on 2007 YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards Highlights…

Blogs you should read: Seth Godin

seth_godin Author of marketing touchstones like “Purple Cow” and “All Marketers are Liars,” Seth Godin is a marketing heavy-weight and according to Business Week “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age.” He is also a great writer and continually offers solid advice on his blog, giving you tips on what to do and what not to do to market your business. From personal anecdotes, to customers stories, to branding insight, Godin’s blog is accessible, candid and packed full of valuable content. One of the best things about this blog though is that it continually gets you thinking about things you can apply to everyday life and your small business.

Read more on Blogs you should read: Seth Godin…

RSS – what is and why you should use it

The words ‘RSS feed’ can inspire fear in even a technically minded person. What is RSS? Where do I start? And most importantly why should I bother using it? are the questions that first come to mind. RSS is still a fairly new concept but it is becoming widely used because it provides an effortless way for busy people to stay connected to the vast amount of information available on the Internet.

Read more on RSS – what is and why you should use it…

New Generic Domain Name Extension for 2008?

Hello Readers,

Nick here from Webnames.ca’s Corporate and Managed Services department. Earlier this month I read an article discussing ICANN’s plan to come out with a new, generic domain name extension for 2008. ICANN President and CEO, Dr. Paul Twomey stated in a recent announcement, “This is all about choice. We want the diversity of the world’s people, geography and business to be able to be represented in the domain name system. That is why it’s so important for people to participate in the development of a new gTLD process.”

Read more on New Generic Domain Name Extension for 2008?…

Domain Name News – May 27, 2007

ICANN Reports RegisterFly Deal To Transfer Domains – ICANN reports that it “has been advised of a deal to transfer all names in RegisterFly’s management from RegisterFly to an existing accredited Registrar with a demonstrated record of customer service. This would be a quick and effective solution to many of the problems that registrants are presently experiencing with RegisterFly.” The acquiring registrar has not yet been named.

Read more on Domain Name News – May 27, 2007…

Free Online Tools to Simplify Your Work and Home Life

Between our staff and management group, we attend numerous events hosted by a range of organizations, affiliations and charities over the course of a year. Sometimes we’re asked to bring collateral material about our services. Along the way, we decided it would be better to provide people with something more useful than yet another flyer or brochure.

Read more on Free Online Tools to Simplify Your Work and Home Life…

How to Find a Good Domain Name – Suggestions from the clever folks at Entrepreneur.com

Earlier this week Entrepreneur.com (a great resource for business startups and entrepreneurs – bookmark it if you fall into this category) published an article with tips on “How to Find a Good Domain Name“. The article challenges the popular perception that ‘all the good domains are gone’. While we certainly know that isn’t the case for .CA domains, with over 65 million .COM’s registered, it’s getting increasingly difficult to secure a good, evocative .COM domain in the primary market. Here are Entrepreneur.com’s tips and recommendations, with our own suggestions thrown into the mix.

Read more on How to Find a Good Domain Name – Suggestions from the clever folks at Entrepreneur.com…

This week only – First time customers to Webnames.ca save 50% off domains and services

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of .CA, founded by our very own John Demco, Webnames.ca is running a great promotion until midnight on Sunday, May 20th 2007.

For one week only, first time customers to Webnames.ca SAVE 50% off posted prices at the time of check out. There is no better time to get everything you need to succeed online, including:

Read more on This week only – First time customers to Webnames.ca save 50% off domains and services…

Domain Name News – May 13, 2007

ICANN Seeks Public Comment On Its Performance – ICANN is seeking community feedback about its performance. Of particular interest to ICANN are comments on transparency, accessibility, accountability, operational performance, policy development, international participation, its multi-stakeholder model, technical coordination, and dispute resolution. Comments will be received until June 5.

Read more on Domain Name News – May 13, 2007…

Webnames.ca celebrates 20 years of the .CA domain, founded by our own John Demco

Today Canada celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the .CA domain, marking the official delegation of .CA to John Demco from Jon Postel of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). And as Canadians go about reading their daily paper online or checking their local weather or “Google” whatever it is they are looking for, they will likely be going to a .CA website.

Read more on Webnames.ca celebrates 20 years of the .CA domain, founded by our own John Demco…