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Major Expansion at PPX Produces New Domain Consulting, Management and Monetization Options 

In a post last week that featured photos and highlights from a gathering of domain owners in Hong Kong that was hosted by PPX International earlier this month, I told you that I would soon be getting a briefing on some new developments at PPX that I would share with you. That 

has now happened and I quickly learned that the rapidly growing company headed by Gregg McNair has been working overtime the past few months, putting the finishing touches on a host of new services.

For starters, PPX has just launched a comprehensive consulting service at DomainAdvisors.com and they are also preparing a January 2011 Beta release of a free self-managed domain management 

product at DomainManager.com. Optimization, analytics and domain monitoring are among the new features that will be introduced. Qualified larger portfolio owners who want personal domain management guidance can take advantage of still another product, a full-service alternative PPX provides at DMPro.com (formerly Strata Services of Hong Kong).

DomainManger.com Co-CEO Richard Lau (left) 
with PPX Chairman Gregg McNair.

Regarding DomainManager, McNair said, "Joint CEOs Richard Lau and Sam Dennis have worked wonders with their team in creating what will arguably become the boldest integration platform our industry has ever seen. 

McNair is also high on the DM Pro unit headed by CEO Stephen Bjerking. He said that to optimize revenues DM Pro combines the many DomainManager features with years of hands-on experience in dealing with large portfolios. He also said clients are reporting revenues that have more than offset recent declines in PPC returns. 

Another key member of the company's executive team, PPX Group General Manager Tessa Holcomb just oversaw the launch of the conpany's newly redesigned website at PPX.com. Tessa has also spearheaded the launch of the new DomainAdvisors.com consulting service and is heavily involved in the upcoming DomainManager.com release.

DomainAdvisors is offering guidance covering the entire lifecycle of a domain. Services range from consultancy to acquisitions to all elements of monetization and sales. Tessa said the current team of advisors has already achieved success for existing PPX clients and the unit is looking to expand. They want to fill additional sales and management roles over the next few months and interested parties are invited to send resumes to jobs@domainadvisors.com.

PPC General Manager Tessa 
on a recent trip to Kenya.

DomainManager Co-CEO Sam Dennis in 
Kenya where he got a personal look at 
The Water School's life-saving work there.

While the new developments at PPX have kept Tessa, Gregg, Richard, Sam, Stephen and the rest of the team hopping, they still somehow always manage to make time for a charitable cause they are all passionate about. That is The Water School, a non-profit organization that brings sustainable clean water solutions to children throughout the developing world.

I have written extensively about The Water School's work in Africa, but more recently the organization has taken an active role in responding to the ongoing cholera outbreak in Haiti.  The Water School was among the first to respond to the needs of thousands of Haitians by distributing IV drip kits supplied by PPX partners. Over 1,700 people have already lost their lives during the crisis and authorities fear the situation could worsen considerably.  To learn more about the Haiti Cholera crisis or to donate, please visit this page at the Water School website. 

Incidentally, though The Water School was originally a Canada-based NGO, the organization is officially expanding to the United States with the formal VIP 

Launch of Water School USA on December 13th, 2010 in New York City. Anyone interested in supporting this event should contact Tessa Holcomb, who also serves as the Director of Philanthropy within the PPX Group. Her email address is tessa@ppx.com  

In a related note, I received a letter over the weekend from Water School Co-Founder Fraser Edwards about a special effort the organization is making this Christmas season. Fraser wrote, "For many children and families in developing countries, Christmas is just another day. The challenges they face remain the same even on this special day. The lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation is one of them and is a leading cause of illness and death."

"With support from generous donors, Water School has been working hard to reach people that desperately need access to clean water in Uganda, Kenya and Haiti. Since our 

Fraser Edwards (right) and Bob Dell
founders of The Water School

organization started in 2007, the results of our programs have been dramatic. Water School has reached over 400,000 people with clean water. The incidents of water borne disease have been significantly reduced with corresponding improvements in family health and school attendance.  Children are healthier!"  

Edwards continued, "This holiday season, we ask you to consider giving the gift of life by giving a gift of clean water. As you contemplate your gift list, we ask you to send special Water School Christmas e-cards to your family, friends or colleagues and make an online donation to Water School. Just $50 will provide a family of five clean water...for life! To find out how you can send e-cards and donate to the Water School online, please visit us at www.waterschool.com. For more information about our Christmas Appeal program or to order hard copy Christmas cards, please contact Barb Israel at bisrael@waterschool.com or call her at 403-934-2778."

"From the Water School Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your support. Your support will help us continue to make a major impact on children without clean drinking water. We wish you love, peace and joy this holiday season."

(Posted Nov. 30, 2010) 

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