Thursday, March 31, 2011

GoDaddy.com CEO Shoots Elephant; NameCheap Takes Advantage



Alright, so I'm sure many of you have seen GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons in the news lately, but for those of you who haven't, here's some backstory:

Parsons recently took a nice little vacation to Zimbabwe and filmed himself shooting a bull elephant. Afterwards, he proceeded to take photos with the elephants corpse, spread GoDaddy.com hats and clothing to the local villagers, and uploaded the whole package to the internet for the world to see.

Upon being questioned, Parsons claimed he shot the elephant because they cause crop damage.

Needless to say, the internet masses didn't take lightly and the story raged across the web like a wildfire.

GoDaddy competitor, NameCheap saw an opportunity and took it. They turned the mass anger and sadness into a promotional campaigne and offered a registrar switch from GoDaddy.com to NameCheap for just $4.99 for the first year using promo code BYEBYEGD. (That promotion ends soon, get it now! Click me)

Good job Bob Parsons, I'm sure making elephant shooting videos will be a great marketing strategy.
.....oh wait.
Input from my lovely followers:
1. How do you guys feel about Bob Parsons?
2. Would you switch domains because of something like this?
3. Is NameCheap in the wrong too for taking advantage?
4. Is Bob Parsons a smug elephant killing douche bag?

I'll answer the last one for you.
Yes, yes he is. See?

54 comments:

Alexis said...

1. He is a dick.
2. Yes.
3. No. I will be forever with NameCheap.
4. Yes.

Energy Drink Extravaganza said...

That is so whack :( poor elephant, I hope they can make a nice piano out of it.

POP! said...

lol thats fucking crazy i didnt realize people still hunted elephants and shit, whats the point

JapRoulette said...

WOW that's crazy..

King Elysium said...

Isn't it illegal to kill elephants? what an ass!

Rasslin' and MMA said...

I want to see the villagers godaddy sites. lol.

RootYourDroid.net said...

That is ridiculous. He deserved whatever he got and should be in jail just based on the picture.

Xuian said...

I guess it depends on whether or not he was allowed to do it. Of course, Zimbabwe might not have laws against it. I'm not sure if that elephant is endangered or not, but the damage is likely already done even if it isn't and was legal.

Kingmush said...

Heard of this...kind of sad on his part and hilarious his competition is taking advantage of it.

Jennifer Black said...

1. *Unable to answer that without a rant on existentialism*
2.Probably not.
3. All is fair in business
4. *Unable to answer that without a rant on existentialism*

EmoGoth said...

His face is just so punchable.

higherr said...

1. From that, I think hes an idiot.
2. Eh, probably not, I go for price, but people like PETA sure would.
3. Nope, they saw an advantage and took it, great opportunity, thats business.
4. of course

Andre said...

And to think i was going to use their site
How to Hack Life.

Leestander said...

wtf, is that picture real? you cant kill elephants they havent done anything! leav them alone

Claude said...

Aw man, elephants are beautiful animals, you can't just go killing them! Either way namecheap taking advantage of this is a bit weird. However I wouldn't pass up on the discount.

mac-and-me said...

what a douche

psyke said...

So that's what's all the fuss about GoDaddy. Yeah, it sucks.

Jesper said...

1. Idiot.
2. Ofcourse!
3. Not at all.
4. YES!

BTN Hip Hop said...

godaddy has been going down for a while
1. just stupid
2. durrr
3. doubt it
44. probably

Mike said...

Wow that's one way to put the internet hate machine on your back

1. He sounds like any typical Safari hunter , coming down to Africa to do whatever he wants.
2. Definitely
3. Nope.
4. Yes

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Mo said...

1. sucker
2. yes i would
3. no
3. yes

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SOMS said...

i havent heard about this but what an asshole.
3. cheapname is just doing this really good, great marketing strategy

Kicking Rocks said...

1. idgaf about him
2. most likely
3. nah they know how to strategize
4. totally

Tetanized Music said...

Yeah, that's kind of a dick move of Bob

Niek said...

1. How do you guys feel about Bob Parsons? who?
2. Would you switch domains because of something like this? Maybe
3. Is NameCheap in the wrong too for taking advantage? no
4. Is Bob Parsons a smug elephant killing douche bag? absolutely

Danny Murphy said...

I don't really understand how Bob Parsons thinks shooting an elephant would make a good promotional video.

Ano said...

what a asshole!

BORIS said...

what, why would he do that

NHM said...

what a douche...

Megan Hansen said...

wow, what an idiot. if i had a domain, i would switch too. that's disgusting.

Jung said...

Glad he's enjoying himself.

Punky said...

1. Meh.
2. Don't have any domains.
3. Not really, business is all about taking advantage of the mistakes of your competitors
4. Sure, why not.

MrBunni said...

1. I have no clue, I never heard of him.
2. Not sure.
3. Don't think so.
4. Hell yeah!

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

1. He sounds like an idiot.
2. Yes
3. I love April Fool's Day!

Mu said...

OMG!

While I totally understand the instinct of hunting and feeling your kill is a trophy - I feel all bad looking at that elephant :(

Then again, I don't see much actual "hunting" going into shooting an elephant. They don't normally run from humans eh? just pop one as you drive around in your motorvehicle, very hard...

I didn't like godaddy to begin with. I'm totally fine with anti ......WAIT

Is this april foolS? -.-

Waywardly said...

No guys, this isn't april fools. It really happened. I posted this yesterday anyways. Haha. Google it!

Navi said...

1. He's a douche
2. Yes
3. NO
4. Yes
follower

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Trelin said...

1. Don't care
2. no
3. no
4. yes

Brock said...

1. I hate how people with money think they can do what they want
2. To be honest, probably not, but the sweet promo from namecheap has convinced me
3. No way, that's smart marketing
4. Yes, just yes

Anthony C said...

I had not even heard about this! He must be pretty stupid if he thinks that shooting an elephant is a good marketing strategy.

Stewart A said...

I thought this would be illegal?

cool_cicler said...

1. Idiot.
2. Of course!
3. Not at all.
4. YES!

ed said...

good job parsons, looking good

Jim said...

I know a lot of people who jump from host to host just to save a little bit of money, but I would rather stick with a good reliable host, even if it means just paying a bit more.

Moob said...

the most sincere news story in years

Aureal said...

Wow, whats that guys problem?

CandleintheDark said...

This guy is a bag of dicks

Jay.CA said...

he's okay. it's not his fault the elephant situation exists.

JuX said...

what a dick. They shoot shoot him as punishment.

skinned sheep said...

i feel bad about what happened. it was morally incorrect.

Erika said...

What a sick bastard...

Also, btw, do you represent NameCheap at all??

The content of your blog looks great, I shall make sure to read your previous entries as well, you got some interesting stuff up.

Followed.

Waywardly said...

Erika, no I don't represent NameCheap. Haha, I suppose it could seem that way.

Thanks for the compliments. :)

dende said...

Dude this face is punchable!

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