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Having platform usernames and a website URL that is consistent with your brand name is important for brand recall and helps customers find you online easily. But with more URLs and social media handles going live every day, it’s hard to come up with a meaningful, distinctive and accessible (among many other criteria) brand name that is available as a username across platforms and with the top-level domain (TLD) you want your brand to take.
[pullquote]… it’s hard to come up with a meaningful, distinctive and accessible (among many other criteria) brand name that is available as a username across platforms and with the top-level domain (TLD) you want your brand to take.[/pullquote]
Oh no, you mean my genius idea of a username is already taken?!
This process of finding out the availability of your brand name can be long drawn, especially when you wish to have a presence in more than a handful of platforms. It typically involves opening dozens of tabs, searching through each platform’s database one by one. Unless you’re willing to compromise (which you probably shouldn’t), it’s back to the brand naming drawing board if one major service doesn’t have your business’ desired username, and then going through each platform again with a new name.
Namechk: Checks for name availability in a click
[pullquote]It’s a free web tool that scours dozens of commonly used TLDs and popular platforms for your desired name’s availability.[/pullquote]
Namechk shortens the verification part of your brand naming process to a simple click.
It’s a free web tool that scours dozens of commonly used TLDs and popular platforms for your desired name’s availability.
Simply type in the name you want to use and click on the search icon. The website visualises the result so that you can see what’s available and what’s not at a glance.
Really? So many geniuses in the world?
Namechk searches across 36 TLDs, including .com, .net, .co, .biz, .online and .store. If your desired URL is not immediately available, you can click on the TLD you wish to use and Namechk will connect you to agents (Afternic, Domain Agents and Uniregistry) that can facilitate the offer and purchase process.
Popular social platforms
In the same search, Namechk goes through popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some other platforms (not necessarily social) are also included in the search, such as Codecademy, IFTTT, Canva and Telegram.
Clicking on the unavailable platform for a given search brings you to the page of that
undeserving user who is already using the name you want.
[pullquote]Clicking on the unavailable platform for a given search brings you to the page of that
undeserving user who is already using the name you want.[/pullquote]
Here’s how a unique username and URL would look like.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of going to each site to register your desired username, Namechk does it for you for US$99. Just fill in the form and they’ll take care of the rest. But do note their disclaimer though: they don’t guarantee that you’ll get the desired username on all the sites that you want.
Consistent usernames made easy
Having a consistent brand name across social media makes it easy for customers to search and recall. Namechk lives up to its promise and speeds up the brand naming process considerably. Did I also mention that it’s free?
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