Domain has and always will be an entry point for many people. To the extent that the other entry points shift power, control and choice away from GoDaddy to Shopify, Wix, Squarespace, Amazon or Google, those are the existential risks that GoDaddy faces. - Former SVP, Domains at GoDaddy

GoDaddy (GDDY) is the largest domain registrar globally. The business model is simple: acquire domain customers online and upsell higher-margin ancillary services like hosting, email and website building software.

Over the last decade, the company has spent $2.4bn+ in advertising to build drive traffic and resell domains like .com and Reselling domains is a commodity business if it’s standalone. However, GoDaddy’s ability to upsell high-margin ancillary services drives a higher LTV / CAC relative to standalone registrars.

The chart below shows how a customer who adds a website on top of a domain has ~5x the recurring revenue and 43% of the churn level as a customer that only buys a domain. A customer that adds both email and a website with a domain generates 10x more recurring revenue with a third of the churn level.

GoDaddy, 2020 Investor Day
GoDaddy, 2020 Investor Day

The higher the attach rate of ancillaries, the higher the LTV, and the greater GDDY's CAC advantage over standalone registrars.

Our key takeaway from our recent interview with the Former SVP of GDDY Domains: Shopify poses the biggest risk to GDDY.

[Shopify] has created a different entry point. If you want to sell something of value, you need a way to transact with people digitally, and Shopify is the top choice, as opposed to getting a domain and putting a website on top of it. They have flipped the entry point by allowing you to set up a website in 15 to 20 minutes and start selling your stuff. You can worry about a domain later. - Former SVP of Domains, GoDaddy
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