What is a Brandable Phrase Domain and How Can it Help Me?

Marketing minds everywhere are always trying to come up with the new “edge”. Sometimes simple tactics can make huge gains in marketing efforts and it’s all about discovering those tactics. One tactic that has been used by many huge companies but is never focused on much is the brandable phrase domain.

What is a brandable phrase domain?

A brandable phrase domain uses a phrase intended to be catchy to draw interest or intrigue to a promotion or advertisement to entice people to visit it. Similar to how a slogan accompanies the business name to add more branding and something else people can remember the company by, a brandable phrase domain can do the same for both online and offline promotions and ads.

Brandable phrase domain use is common with large companies. They show up on many television commercials, search engine advertising, display advertising, print ads, and even in mailings, whether advertisements or not. They even commonly show up on advertisements during one of the biggest annual advertising stages – the Super Bowl. The last Super Bowl for instance saw Groupon using SaveTheMoney.org in their many commercial spots.

The best way to understand brandable phrase domains is to look at examples:

Kinds of brandable phrase domains with examples

1. Popular Phrase

ThinkAboutIt.com (used by Hyundai)
KeepThemGuessing.com (used by Procter & Gamble)
WonderDrug.com (used by Bayer)
NowWhat.com (used by State Farm)

2. Play on popular phrase

TruthInEngineering.com (used by Audi, truth in advertising)
ThinkOutsideTheBun.com (used by Taco Bell, think outside the box)
ReadyAimFuture.com (used by Discovery channel, ready aim fire)
SaveTheMoney.org (used by Groupon, save the whales and other similar causes)

3. Question

GotMilk.com
WillYouJoinUs.com (used by Chevron)

4. Conversational

OnlyTheyKnow.com (used by ABC)
MoreToSee.com (used by Sharp)

5. Actionable

ShareYourSecret.com (Procter & Gamble)
LearnToFly.com (Cessna)

6. Proverbial/Advice

NeverFollow.com (Audi)
DontAlmostGive.org (Ad Council)

7. I/Me/My/You/Your

MyLifeMyCard.com (American Express)
HowDoYouHangOut.com (Coke)

Other Examples

ALittleBetterGasStation.com (BP)
WatchAndWhoa.com (Hershey’s)
TheCheesiest.com (Kraft)

How can brandable phrase domains help you?

1. Create intrigue

One of my favorite uses of brandable phrase domains was NowWhat.com, used in a massive advertising campaign. Their commercials involved something terrible suddenly happening to someone that wrecked their car, home or other property. The end of the commercial simply had “Now What?” then transitioned it into NowWhat.com. There was never a mention of insurance or State Farm in the ads.

As a case study of this advertising campaign indicates, it got State Farm away from the “stuffy insurance company” and got young people to check the company out when they may not have otherwise. If they used their name/brand on the advertising campaign, it would have lost all the intrigue.

2. Drive a strong point home

Taco Bell has and continues to use ThinkOutsideTheBun.com and “Think Outside the Bun” as a slogan for quite some time now – which would indicate it’s been effective. Its point? Hamburgers and sandwiches are usual and boring – have something different. Lexus uses ActivelySafe.com, which drives the point home that it has systems that are actually proactive in helping you drive safe, not simply keeping you safe in the case of an accident.

3. Call viewers/visitors to action

The beauty of using a brandable phrase domain for a call to action is that it’s often subliminal. ShaveEverywhere.com for instance is a Norelco site, basically guiding people to groom themselves everywhere and showing them the products that will get the job done. Sometimes a brandable phrase might tell you to do something you had thought about before, at just the right time for you to seriously reconsider, such as Cessna’s LearnToFly.com.

4. Create a more permanent instance of an effective advertisement

Once someone sees a funny, cute, or shocking commercial, even if they like it, they’re not likely to then go straight to YouTube and watch it again. Similarly, people may not expect company sites themselves to be interesting. Stick a brandable phrase domain at the end of that commercial however and the viewer might be compelled to get more of what they just experienced.

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Simply put, brandable phrase domains can add some extra oomph to your marketing efforts, and at Domainate, we are very familiar and experienced with brandable phrase domains of all kinds. We have sold many of them to companies that have made great use of them in their promotions and advertising. Contact us and we can help you determine some possibilities for brandable phrase domains that can boost your exposure!

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6 Comments on “What is a Brandable Phrase Domain and How Can it Help Me?”

  1. […] rare to see a commercial without a domain shown or mentioned in it. As mentioned in our article on brandable phrase domains, some companies will even buy a domain purely for marketing and add that on the commercial. […]

  2. Hi Steve,

    I own getinmyjeans.com and getinourjeans.com what a name for a company selling jeans,
    I looked around for a company that does drop ship but still looking. Get in our jeans can mean
    two things if you know what I mean.

    Richard St Cyr.

    PS I also own letshaveabeer.com

    • Steve Jones says:

      Interesting names Richard. That “alternate meaning” for those jeans phrases can be both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good when it’s sort of an afterthought which may help you get noticed more and possibly get more buzz going, bad if most visitors see the name and think they’ll find something other than jeans. The first name would especially suffer from that whereas the second name would be more fitting for the company I think.

      I’ve touched on clear meaning in some posts but perhaps will make a post dedicated to it soon since your jeans examples brought up some interesting issues that can happen.

  3. […] Last year for instance, there were a number of Groupon commercials centered around a charity theme. The commercials themselves played on several real world causes while ultimately trying to get people to “save the money” (vs. “save the whales” or something similar). The domain they used in the commercial? SaveTheMoney.org, a brandable phrase domain. […]

  4. I guess that’s why I named my company SeymourResults.com


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