Promotes Benefits of .CA Domain Extension; Deadline March 30, 2012
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Domain name registrar DomainPeople today announced a 'Tell us About Your .CA Contest' for websites utilizing the .CA domain extension, in order to drive branding and awareness in the Canadian market. Winners will be selected based on the innovation and creativity of their website goals, and how their .CA domain is helping or will help them achieve those goals. Entries can be submitted at http://www.domainpeople.ca/heycanada.html through March 30, 2012.
One winner will be selected in each of three categories – large sites, small sites and new site proposals – and assigned first, second or third prize at random. First prize is an Apple iPad 2. Second prize is one year of free Cloudhost PowerPack hosting from DomainPeople plus a choice of a free .CA domain for 10 years or .CA renewal for up to 10 years. Third prize is six months of free Cloudhost PowerPack hosting from DomainPeople plus a choice of a free .CA domain for five years or .CA renewal for up to five years.
Entrants must be DomainPeople customers that hold an active .CA domain registered through DomainPeople. During the contest period, DomainPeople is reducing the first-year price for organizations that do not yet have .CA domain extensions from $14.95 to $9.95 to help businesses reap the benefits of .CA identification.
In a recent study conducted by The Strategic Counsel, .CA easily outscored .com as 'Safe' (77% vs. 23%), 'Secure' (75% vs. 25%), and 'Trusted' (78% vs. 22%). Other studies have shown that Canadians prefer .CA over .com by a large majority for online banking (86% vs. 14%), online shopping (85% vs. 15%), and searching for news and current events (85% vs. 15%). In addition, nearly 90% of Canadians see .CA as an important resource for Canadians.
"Having a .CA domain name is like waving the Canadian flag: it clearly states that you, your business or your organization are Canadian, and research has shown that it makes a difference in how your site is perceived," said Chris Kruk, product manager of DomainPeople. "We are running this contest to raise awareness of the value of the .CA extension and to share the successes that people are having in choosing .CA over other options."
According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, more than 1.8 million .CA domain names have been registered, and .CA has been one of the fastest-growing country-code domain extensions in the world over the past five years. In Canada, .CA's market share has been steadily rising while the collective registrations of the other domain name extensions have been steadily declining.
Established in 1999, DomainPeople is a trusted, premier provider of Domain Solutions for the Internet industry. As the eighth ICANN-accredited domain registrar, DomainPeople has registered over 1,000,000 domains worldwide and has clients and customers in over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.domainpeople.com.
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