On 20 June 2011, ICANN's Board approved a program that will add to familiar top-level domains such as .com, .org, and .net, the possibility of having almost any word in any language as a top-level domain. This massive expansion of the number of possible domain names calls for an equally significant communications campaign to raise global awareness about the program. The rest of 2011 is a communications period dedicated to raising awareness around the world about the opportunity and risks associated with applying for a new gTLD. The Application period opens 12 January 2012 and will run for 90 days.
To help us achieve our goal of educating the world about this program we have issued a request for proposals (RFP). The objective of the RFP is to retain an advertising agency to help us develop, implement and measure the success of a global advertising and awareness campaign for new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs).
Please review the attached RFP for an overview of the program, our vision and proposal requirements. Send any questions about the RFP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 July 2011. Responses to inquiries will be posted to a community wiki by 13 July 2011. All responses are due by 8:00a Pacific time, Monday, 18 July.
RFP – New gTLD Global Awareness Campaign
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/rfp-new-gtld-global-awareness-campaign-05jul11-en.pdf [PDF, 633 KB]
Ad and PR Industry wiki
Additional informational material
- Get Ready for the Next Big .Thing: An Overview of New gTLDs
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 634 KB]
- Applicant Guidebook [PDF, 4.81 MB]
We look forward to receiving and reviewing your proposals.