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An important part of honing our skills as business professionals is becoming better at meeting new people and building real relationships. The more we invest in practicing engaging with others effectively — the more natural our ability to build relationships, becomes. We then look forward to the process of building relationships and find genuine happiness in the process. Our opportunity set in life is a function of both what we know and who we know. And although we meet people everywhere we go, conferences afford a unique opportunity to change the “who we know” forever.

Timeless Tips for Connecting and Building Relationships at Conferences

We attend many events to acquire knowledge while fostering new connections. And because we’re all there for the same reason — to learn about new things and establish new relationships. We realize that these relationships could develop into long-term friendships or potential business partnerships.

Attending events

Attending events is the type of gathering that affords us the opportunity to make contacts easier. Although many conferences have gone virtual or been postponed due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever to attend these events now — and to build connections successfully.

Attending events now will entail both adapting to the “new normal” of socially distanced networking, in the short term, and preparing for an enthusiastic return to many new additional in-person networking in the long term.

Benefits of the connections

We don’t always see the real benefit of the connections we make at conferences right away. They must first be nurtured into meaningful relationships, and to do this successfully; we need a plan. Such relationships are gradually built through purposeful, patient, and authentic follow-up. An effective follow-up depends on the information you gather and the energy you invest to represent best who you are.

Authentic follow-ups

Authentic follow-up can help you stand out from the crowd because the “crowd” typically defaults to the easiest and sadly, least effective means of building relationships.

After you meet someone at a conference, one of two things happens: (1) You never hear from that person again, or (2) you receive a generic email or LinkedIn message saying something to the effect of, “It was nice meeting you at the conference. Let’s stay in touch,” perhaps with a link to a website.

If you have ever been guilty of either of these (as I have), establishing an action plan for new contacts will help you avoid repeating this common mistake. And the first step is preparation.

Set your specific goal before the conference

Before attending a conference, set some specific goals for yourself concerning the types of contacts you would like to make. Create a follow-up plan (before you go) for how you may be able to work with or help both the qualified contacts you meet and the less-than-ideal ones.

Remember that even though a person may not be an ideal contact for you, they may know someone else who is.

Furthermore, the most helpful and mutually beneficial relationships you establish might not be immediately obvious. You may need to have several meetings or conversations with an individual to discover your shared foundation of interest and opportunity.

For example, my colleague Sameer Somal at Blue Ocean Global Technology once met the head of sales for a financial services firm he introduced to others — but Sameer assumed that the new contact was not likely to work with our company directly. However, much later the new contact learned how Blue Ocean assists organizations in building a digital presence that supports sustainable sales growth.

The new contact connected back with Sameer and with the owner of his firm. The new contact included a strong written recommendation for hiring Blue Ocean Global Technology to create and implement a plan for better allocating their marketing, sales, and technology resources. Win-win for all of us.

Getting the most out of connecting, networking and building your relationships at your next conference or event.

  1. Focus on Connecting.

    During your initial conversations with people, really focus on them. When you give people your full attention, you make them feel important, and that may be the greatest gift of all between two human beings. Also, when people feel they’re truly being heard, they will talk more easily about themselves, their jobs, their passions, and their business.

    Face them directly to avoid being distracted by the activity around you and lean toward them slightly. Take care not to invade their personal space. If you’re in a crowded hallway or other noisy location, suggest moving to another area, perhaps an alcove or a quieter corner of the room so that you can engage with fewer distractions.

    And when you meet someone new and they are speaking — resist the urge to look around to see who else is in the room or what else is going on. Just don’t — looking around indirectly tells the person you don’t really care about what they’re saying and can create an unfavorable first impression (about you) that might be difficult to recover from.

Alex Jenkins, Relationship Director and Investment Specialist at Avantis Investors, make a conscious effort to avoid the topic of business when he meets someone for the first time. If the other person chooses to discuss professional interests or work matters, Alex will join in, but he never proactively steers the conversation in that direction.

By avoiding direct mention of business, Alex shows that he is interested in who that person is rather than simply what they do.

Paying close attention to your new contacts will help you learn what is important to them at that moment or in their life in general. Besides sharing potentially valuable business information, they might mention their favorite sports team, reference a movie they enjoy or disclose something personal about a loved one.

Focusing on your new acquaintance builds trust. Treat these individuals as though they’re the source of the most satisfying business relationship you’ll ever have because they just might be.

Here is Alex Jenkins, of Blue Ocean, speaking at an event.
  1. Record Important Details.

    Be prepared to gather details beyond a person’s basic contact information, and either take notes during your conversations or jot down your primary takeaways immediately after speaking with them.

    Consider using the note feature on your phone or a small notebook that fits in your pocket so that the information is all in one place. At the very least, make notes on the back of the business cards you collect or use a recorder app on your smartphone.

    Don’t expect to simply remember details. No matter how fascinating a conversation may be, we are bound to start forgetting key bits of information as soon as the next exciting conversation begins. Always take a few minutes to process and document some of the critical points from your initial conversation with a new contact.

  1. Listen to Learn.

    When someone shares information with you about themselves, respond by acknowledging it with a related comment or question. Don’t just move on to the next topic you have in mind.

    Providing others with positive feedback builds rapport, which in turn leads to trust. And the information you gather might prove useful in follow-up conversations.

    Let’s say the individual mentions a new product launch for their business. You could ask them how they feel about the product or how it’s different from the business’s other offerings. Your response could be as simple as, “Thank you for sharing. Tell me more about that.” Their replies will help you understand what is most important to them, and knowing what’s important to them is a cornerstone in building your relationship.

“When you remember a specific part of someone’s story that they told you and relay it back to them in a question such as, ‘How did your big pitch go last week?’ in a follow-up email, people will want to grow the relationship,” says John Livesay, author of Better Selling Through Storytelling.

  1. Define Your Relationship.

    Consider why each new contact is interested in speaking with you.

    Ask them what type of person they’re hoping to meet at the conference. Perhaps you are that person. But if not, offer to introduce them to someone in your network who might be a good match. Ideally, this will engage what’s known as the Law of Reciprocity, meaning they will feel somewhat obligated to return the favor.

    You’ve now expanded your reach at the conference. (Conversely, this may also help you identify “takers,” those with little or no interest in genuinely helping you, no matter how much you help them.)

    If appropriate, exchange business phone numbers so you can quickly contact each other if and when you encounter another person they should meet, and vice versa.

  1. Learn Their Preferences.

    Ask each new person you meet how they wish to be contacted. Some might be swamped with email and would prefer a phone call. Others may favor a quick text message to arrange a time for a call or meeting. Your goal is to connect with them simultaneously and in a fashion that would make them most receptive to you.

    Respecting their wishes demonstrates your desire to cultivate an authentic relationship with them—at their convenience—and can highlight how you are different.

  1. Focus on Qualified Contacts.

    Go for quality over quantity. Returning from a conference with hundreds of new contacts doesn’t necessarily make you a winner. The value lies in the number of qualified contacts you make. Interact and invest time with as many people as you will realistically be able to follow up with later.

    I used to follow up with everyone in the same way, and that was exhausting. Seek out individuals who seem most qualified to do business with you directly or who might be instrumental in facilitating another relationship that could be beneficial.

    Work your usual business qualifying questions into your conversations. Who knows? You might be speaking with an ideal, potential, client who presents a need your business can resolve and can generate new business sooner rather than later.

“The most qualified relationships are those in which you enter into with an open mind, wanting to learn from others. As successful philanthropists often say, the act of volunteering is selfish because it makes us feel good. As such, connecting with people should also be about what you can gain from them. What you receive from others is of more value than what you could possibly exude.” —Marie Beane, Director of IBM Worldwide Storage.

  1. Schedule Your Follow-up.

    Effectively following up with people takes time, so before you even leave for a conference, schedule opportunities in your calendar during the week immediately after your event, in which to reach out to your new contacts.

    Otherwise, you risk falling back into your regular routine and neglecting or postponing this important step in the relationship-building process. Those generic messages I mentioned earlier are often the result of not setting aside the necessary time to follow up.

    Although mediocre businesspeople will follow up poorly and feel satisfied that they at least did something — that’s not how truly successful business professionals operate.

When carefully managed, your initial contacts with people at conferences can sow the seeds for fruitful business relationships in the future.

Recognize that strong connections aren’t built in just a few minutes or even a day, though, so your follow-up plan is key.

To set the stage for success, empower yourself with valuable information by being attentive to details, incorporating those details into your subsequent communications, and seeking to nurture positive associations for everyone involved.

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Rachita Sharma is the CEO and Co-founder of Girl Power Talk. She also serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Ocean Global Technology. Her responsibilities include corporate communications, client engagement, and new business development. She leads the evaluation of all new potential Girl Power Talk team members and expansion into new markets. Rachita is committed to leveraging digital technology to improve efficiency and profitability. She guides strategic collaboration with agency partners in North America & Europe.
Rachita seeks to create a merit-based culture that rewards integrity, persistence, and achievement. In 2020, she was awarded the ‘Most Promising Woman in IT‘ Award by ANWA and Indian Achiever’s Award for ‘Young Entrepreneur’ in recognition of inspiring social contributions. As a technology entrepreneur, financial literacy advocate and voice for those who don’t have one on social issues adversely impacting women in India, Rachita finds inspiration in Mother Teresa’s wisdom: “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

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Domain names — the focal point of the internet. There is no doubt the existence of a big-three-domains consisting of the .com, .org and .net. These three reign supreme. For over 30 years, these domain extensions have been used to house some of the internet’s most recognized websites. But with each passing year, these three popular domains come closer and closer to their digital transience. This is thanks to the ever-increasing unavailability of these domains as well as the rise of more creative, contemporary and vastly flexible alternatives.

In the early days of the Internet, like the 90s and 2000s, you could only choose from these three “dot” domain extensions. This small selection pool made the choices highly sought-after by default and tolerably iconic in their own right. But like every icon of the 90s and 2000s, their relevance fades with each passing year. Yet despite this fact, these domains – the .com in particular – are still a go-to for many entrepreneurs who are on the cusp of launching their next venture. And you can’t blame them. When we picture successful websites, they almost all seem to use one of these three domains as their home on the web – think Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org and SpeedTest.net.

“Sorry… that domain is not available.”

Most entrepreneurs have spent hours, days, or weeks brainstorming new business names. Then they enter their ideas into GoDaddy only to be met with a message saying, “Sorry… that domain is not available.” The immense popularity of the big-three domain extensions has resulted in fewer and fewer web addresses, with those extensions being available. As a result, these domain extensions can no longer do what they once did so effortlessly: establish a memorable address on the web.

It’s a lot like real estate; the folks who are early to the game get the best picking. With the domain registrar VeriSign reporting over 360 million domain registrations by the end of the first quarter of last year alone, there is no question that the internet real estate market is saturated. Having an entire market saturated presents an inimitable challenge. However, business is a field overflowing with challenges that are met with triumphs by way of solutions. Herein comes new domain extensions.

New Domain Extensions vs. Traditional Domain Extensions

During the last few years, we have ushered in a new era of internet real estate. The failing availability of the .coms, .orgs and .nets has given birth to some catchy new domain extensions, including everything from .earth to .agency. The list truly is endless.

New domains now bequeath creative power to young companies and extend their branding possibilities. For example, a new fictitious accounting group called Billiton Accountants would likely opt for the domain names, billiton.com or billitonaccountants.com, but both are, of course, taken. In that case, a solid substitute would be billiton.accountants. It’s short, memorable, and most importantly — it’s still available (at least as of this writing).

The sales pitch encouraging the choosing of new domain extensions as opposed to a traditional extension is centered around these points:

Availability

These new domain extensions are still just that, new. Thanks to this novelty, a vast majority of unique and distinctive name combinations remain untouched. This creates a coveted opportunity for more businesses to get a domain name they actually want.

Memorability

Uniqueness is at times tantamount to memorability. Nothing makes something more memorable than being unique. Owners of new domain extensions will tell you how intrigued clients and prospects have been when presented with a business card festooned with a new domain extension — especially if an awesome wordplay is involved. For example: thebillionairesclub.com could just be thebillionaires.club.

Protectability

New domain extensions are the future, and large corporations like Google know that. So for case, rather than go the traditional route, Google opted for the domain abc.xyz for its holding company Alphabet. This allowed Google to secure a piece of coveted internet real estate and create a level of protection surrounding their sister brand. And many other top corporations are grabbing these names in an effort to protect their brand.

A Prime Time to Protect Your Brand

In building on the point of protecting ones’ brand, another new wave of domain extensions known as Brand TLDs (top-level domains) are just around the corner. A Brand TLD allows a company to use its brand as its domain. Over 600 companies have applied for brand TLDs, and some companies are already using them. For instance, Google already has domains like ai.google, and British broadcaster Sky has already set up a redirect for the q.sky domain.

Despite their rise in popularity, many wonder if using a new domain extension rather than a traditional one could affect their website’s performance in search engines. The answer, according to Google themselves, is no. Using a new domain extension will not hurt your website search performance. Not utterly surprising given the companies own endorsement of these new domains.

Moving Forward

Although the .com, .org, and .net domains will still be around for many more years, they will likely be used less and less with each passing year. Founders in the business naming phase can stop worrying about whether their .com is already taken (just accept that it most likely is) and start thinking of all the creative web addresses they can create using new domain extensions.

The internet is a vast space with an infinite amount of potential. And while the big-three domain extensions are still alive and well, they’re getting closer to their digital transience. As such, it might be time for you to consider more creative alternatives that can help your website reach its full potential in this era of change.

This is indeed a prime time to make a solid impression and bid farewell to the .com, .net and .org domain extensions. What interesting domain names will you create?

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Joshua Littlejohn is a writer, entrepreneur, author as well as the founder and CEO of Norgress. Norgress is a Canadian-based technology and digital media company that operates brands in business development, marketing and communications. He has written on numerous topics including technology, startups, entrepreneurship and marketing. His first book, The Marketing Fallacy, earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review seal. The book highlights how small businesses can use the power of marketing to appear like a large corporation. You can reach Joshua at [email protected]

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Paying Employees With Crypto: Can Your Business Do It? – ReadWrite

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Cryptocurrency has made some remarkable progress in the past few years. Bitcoin hit a peak of more than $60,000 this year, a jump of more than $50,000 since the year prior. Services like PayPal are also expanding crypto support as the once-niche resource breaks into the mainstream.

Not long ago, businesses were hesitant to dip their toes into the world of cryptocurrency. It seemed like a fad, was too volatile, or lacked the legitimacy to be a worthwhile business investment. Now, with major banks and other companies embracing crypto, more start to believe its benefits finally outweigh its risks.

Many businesses now accept cryptocurrency payments for their products and services. Some have gone a step further, though. For example, there’s a blossoming trend of companies paying their employees with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

If you’ve heard of this trend, you likely have a few questions. Is it legal to pay employees with crypto? Is it practical? How could a company do that? Here’s a closer look.

Benefits of Paying With Crypto

Why a business would want to establish a cryptocurrency payroll may not be immediately clear. Crypto compensation is a complicated process, but it can have several benefits, too. One of the most significant is its security and efficiency, especially for international payments.

With fiat currency, cross-border payments have to go through conversions and intermediaries, which can incur fees and slow things down. Since cryptocurrencies run on decentralized blockchains, they can reduce costs associated with these payments. For example, employers can send money to international employees instantly without any intermediaries.

The distributed and transparent nature of blockchains also gives crypto payments some security benefits. Anyone can see blockchain transactions, but no one can change them. This transparency and security help establish more trust for payments, which is particularly helpful for independent contractors and freelancers.

Employees may want crypto payments because they can help them make more money without extra work. For example, instead of immediately converting their crypto, workers could wait for its value to rise, then sell it and make a profit. This easy extra money could help workers like nurses, teachers, chefs, and truck drivers who face more challenges and risks than most professions in America.

Companies in some competitive fields like the tech industry could enable crypto payments to attract top talent. By offering this type of compensation, businesses show they’re forward-thinking early tech adopters, attracting similarly minded employees.

The best and brightest, interested in new and exciting tech, would bring their talents where they believe they’re most welcome.

Challenges With Crypto Compensation

For all of its benefits, crypto compensation still has some considerable obstacles in its way. Most notably, its legal status is hazy at best. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay in cash or its equivalent. One could argue cryptocurrency is a legitimate substitute for cash, but without much legal precedent, the Department of Labor may not see it that way.

There are also state laws to consider. For example, some states require employers to pay wages in U.S. currency, which would disqualify decentralized alternatives like Bitcoin. Many of these have exceptions but would still need some potentially complicated legal loopholes to pay workers in crypto.

Crypto compensation may also be a headache when it comes time to file taxes. Regulations are still unclear about cryptocurrency’s taxable status, and they could change as crypto grows more popular. Companies may have the resources to understand and handle these strange tax situations, but individual employees may not.

Cryptocurrency’s volatility can benefit employees by giving them “free” money, but it can also have the opposite effect. For example, imagine if a company pays a worker in Bitcoin, but Bitcoin’s value drops before the payment hits the worker’s bank account. Quick value changes like this can end up with employees not getting their full compensation.

If companies use crypto compensation to attract tech-savvy workers, they could encounter interoperability issues. Different blockchains lack interoperability, so much so that users can’t transact Bitcoin for Ether without a centralized crypto exchange. So if companies pay in a different cryptocurrency than an employee uses, it would quickly lose its luster.

Is it Worth it to Pay Employees With Crypto?

It seems that for every benefit of crypto compensation, there’s a challenge to match it. Still, it’s difficult to say whether or not something is worth it based entirely on hypothetical situations. Looking at real-life examples of companies that have instituted some level of crypto payments can offer more guidance.

An employee for an unnamed U.S. company described their experience with crypto payments to MarketWatch. After paying this person for contract work, the company’s CEO asked that they return the crypto after its value rose 700%. Of course, the CEO can’t enforce this, as it would be a breach of contract, but the situation does highlight some of the troubles of crypto compensation.

Crypto’s rising or falling value can make employers feel they’ve overcompensated workers or workers feel employers have underpaid them. While these transactions may be perfectly legal, provided the employee elected to receive payment this way, they can create tension. So even if you have the legality, taxes, and logistics figured out, crypto payroll can still be a risk.

Of course, this one story may not represent how crypto compensation would play out for other companies. Nevertheless, other organizations are taking an interest in it and could serve as helpful examples.

In February, Twitter’s CFO said they’ve considered paying employees with Bitcoin and will continue to monitor it. Similarly, the city of Miami is exploring Bitcoin payments for municipal employees.

As more prominent organizations embrace crypto payroll, the practice will gain legitimacy. In addition, standards for doing so will develop, and legal regulations could change to accommodate these payments. So, while crypto compensation may be a risky venture now, it may not be in the future.

How Crypto Payroll Could Work

Instituting a crypto payroll system today could take a considerable amount of preparation. It’s still a risky endeavor, so companies should plan thoroughly to mitigate the associated challenges. First, there’s the issue of legality. There are a few prerequisites for these payments to be legal.

Since many states require employers to pay workers in U.S. currency, they could use a conversion service. In this system, employers would send a payment in dollars, which then rapidly converts into crypto at that moment’s exchange rate. Alternatively, crypto payments could work as bonuses or overtime payments, while U.S. currency accounts for most workers’ paychecks.

Since regulations around independent contractors are less stringent, these workers are ideal for crypto compensation. No matter what type of worker receives crypto payments, though, it must be voluntary. In addition, employees have to elect to receive payments in cryptocurrency. Otherwise, employers could run into legal trouble.

Both employers and employees may need to create a crypto wallet to facilitate payment. Thankfully, this process is becoming easier all the time. Companies can even use peer-to-peer payment apps like PayPal to send crypto payments, which may be the easiest option. These third-party services come with built-in crypto wallets, but businesses must ensure they’re secure first.

Companies should also make sure everyone involved understands the risks too. All parties should know the potential complicated tax implications and accept crypto’s volatility. Everyone should also record conversion rates at the time of payment to help with their taxes later.

Cryptocurrency Is Becoming More Legitimate

Crypto compensation is still a new concept, so it will take some time before it’s a reliable, safe business practice. As more companies look into it, though, the process, as well as cryptocurrency itself, will gain legitimacy. As that happens, regulations will clear up, and new services will appear to facilitate these payments. Thus, in the future, crypto compensation may not carry many risks at all.

At this point, it’s clear that cryptocurrency is more than a trend. It’s a well-established, growing resource that businesses may not want to ignore for much longer. Before long, it could be a central part of how companies operate.

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The world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) offers a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs to maximize the traction of their business. They have a soaring market capitalization of $22.25 billion and a daily trading volume of $2.68 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Hence, trading in crypto collectibles is a profitable investment. We cannot wait to unveil the same! So, stay glued to know more about Non-Fungible Token Development.

What is a Non-Fungible Token (NFT)?

It is a unique kind of crypto collectible with characteristics like immutability and non-interchangeability. NFTs are created on blockchain networks like Binance Smart Chain, Cardano, Cosmos, Ethereum, EOS, Flow, Polkadot and TRON.

What has contributed to the increasing popularity of Non-Fungible Token Development?

Millions of dollars are being earned by artists, content creators, fashion designers, game developers, filmmakers, meme creators, photographers, and sportspersons by selling their work for a high value in numerous NFT marketplaces. The crypto-collectibles are getting aggressive bidding from interested investors leading to a spike in their selling price.

Some big players like Binance, BuyuCoin, Collectible, eBay, Fox, Light Media, NewAuction (NAU), NFTmall, Rowket Market, Ticketmaster, VANCAT, and xSigma have also announced the launch of their own NFT selling platforms in the future. This will lead to heavy competition in the crypto industry.

Additionally, the NFTs have also eliminated the cumbersome role of middlemen/intermediaries in the system. Content creators can set their own price for the work without paying a brokerage or commission to anyone.

The step-by-step process to create a Non-Fungible Token (NFT)

  • Ideally, the artists and designers should develop their NFTs – on the robust Ethereum blockchain network. It has a sturdy framework and supports different Dapps and DeFi projects.
  • The content creators have to follow the guidelines – and rules of the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 Non-Fungible Token standards.
  • ERC-721 implements an API – for all the tokens held in the secure smart contracts. It contains details like the token ID and the unique token pair address.
  • ERC-1155 is a multi-token standard – where each NFT has its own metadata and supply. It consists of different rules of token transfer (single and batch).
  • They have to set up a crypto-compatible digital wallet – like Coinbase wallet, MetaMask, MyEtherWallet, and Trust wallet.
  • The artists who possess fiat currency can convert them – into Ether (ETH) cryptocurrency by registering on Binance and Coinbase.
  • The content creators will undergo KYC/AML verification – while registering on the NFT marketplace.
  • They need to link their digital wallets – on the NFT marketplace by entering details like the Etherum wallet number and total funds kept in it.
  • Some of the popular Ethereum-supported – crypto collectible selling platforms are Mintable.app, OpenSea, and Rarible.
  • They need to upload their unique work – in the form of images (JPEG) and videos (Mp3 and Mp4) on the NFT marketplace.
  • The online platform will automatically mint – the valuable NFT.
  • The creator can add details like – accepted payment methods, banner image, description, and price for their digital collectible.
  • The NFT is listed – on the online marketplace for sale.
  • Once the crypto collectible has been sold – to an investor, the content creators have to pay off different expenses like auction fees, a commission on the sale, minting charges, and transaction processing fees to the NFT marketplace.

What are some popular examples of NFTs?

THETA

Unquestionably, it has the largest market cap of $8.46 billion and a total supply of 1 billion. THETA is a 100% decentralized video streaming network launched in 2018. The content creators will earn more revenue from the THETA native crypto token through peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions. Apart from this, the viewers of videos will get rewards from Theta Fuel (TFUEL) tokens.

Chiliz (CHZ)

Priced at only $0.36, the Chiliz NFT has the second-largest market capitalization ($2.14 billion) in the industry. CHZ acts as a digital currency for the entertainment and sports industries. 

The fans can purchase the Chiliz crypto collectible and get benefits like decision-making powers and voting rights. Finally, the users can buy them from exchanges like Binance, Bitpanda, HBTC and Mercado.

Decentraland (MANA)

The MANA NFT costs only $0.97. It has a daily trading volume of $254.14 million with a total supply of 1.58 billion. The Decentraland (MANA) NFT is created on the Ethereum-based smart contract.

Investors can use NFTs to play interactive games, purchase virtual property, and also experience 3D and Virtual Reality (VR). The buyers can also purchase the LAND tokens with MANA. The Decentraland gameworld acts as an enormous Metaverse that increases revenue for content creators.

Investors earn high returns by monetizing their LAND tokens through advertising, leasing, and offering paid experiences to other users on the platform.

Different use-cases of NFTs

Digital collectibles are sold through artwork, domain names, fashion accessories, games, metaverses, memes, music, photos, software licenses, sports goods, trading cards, tweets, videos, and virtual property in the market.

Crypto collectibles are also heavily influencing different industries like e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, social media, and sports.

Why is it the perfect time to enter the NFT market now?

According to Non-Fungible.com, NFT sales have reached a humongous value of $30.53 million with 10311 primary and 7930 secondary sales in the market. There are a whopping 705,691 different crypto-collectibles, according to data given by CoinRanking.com.

More auction houses, art galleries, B2B ventures, celebrities, crypto exchanges, e-commerce platforms, entertainment firms, gaming companies, and sports teams are also launching their brand new NFT marketplaces. Above all, it indicates a high level of interest and the opportunity to make a huge profit.

Venture capitalists (VCs) are also supporting the business ideas of innovative entrepreneurs due to the favorable market conditions for the trading of NFTs on online platforms.

How to earn a large amount of revenue from Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)?

The buyers of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) can make a hefty profit by selling them in different secondary markets. Also, the sellers of crypto-collectibles get income from numerous sources like sales (primary, secondary, and private) and royalty for every resale.

Entrepreneurs who own the NFT marketplaces earn their income from bidding fees, initial setup charges, listing fees, minting charges, selling multiple digital collectibles simultaneously, and transaction processing charges.

How do NFTs impact the environment?

Non-Fungible Tokens generate a lot of carbon emissions when they are minted on numerous blockchain networks. Nonetheless, NFT marketplaces are attempting to use renewable energy for supplying electricity to the miners.

Hence, entrepreneurs must reduce the energy consumption during bidding, canceling, sales, and transfer of ownership of NFTs. 

Nifty Gateway, a premier NFT marketplace, has announced plans to become carbon negative by upgrading its technology. Artists and investors can know their carbon emissions from their Ethereum wallets by using a tool made by Offsetra. 

What is the solution for NFT marketplaces to decrease energy consumption?

Furthermore, the usage of computational energy will reduce by a significant 99% once Ethereum makes a full switch from the Proof of Work (PoW) to the Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism on its new Ethereum 2.0 version. Subsequently, other alternatives like side chains (Palm) and Layer 2 transactions can also reduce the overall impact on the environment.

Know the different marketplaces for buying and selling NFTs

The top NFT marketplaces by sales are CryptoKitties, Sorare, Ethereum Name Service (ENS), Decentraland, and MegaCryptoPolis. Without a doubt, the popular NFT marketplaces in terms of trading volume are Decentraland, Sorare, CryptoPunks, Meebits, and SuperRare. Entrepreneurs can create a new NFT Marketplace platform like the top NFT marketplaces.

The most expensive NFTs sold in the market were CryptoPunks collection of Portraits ($16.9 million), Death Dip ($1.79 million on SuperRare), Metarift ($905,236 on MakersPlace), Reflection ($869,487 on SuperRare), Noriko Soramoto ($618,575 on Rarible), and GOAT ($597,142 on MakersPlace).

Wrapping Up

Undoubtedly, 2021 will see new NFT projects and new records in the crypto industry. A new revenue-sharing agreement has come out in the market due to NFTs. Additionally, the future of crypto-collectibles will depend on copyright infringement, duplication, and taxation laws related to trading and transactions.

In contrast to building crypto-collectibles from scratch, entrepreneurs can reach out to a highly skilled Non-Fungible Token development company and make it big in the thriving market.

They can get services like the creation of ERC-721 and ERC-1155 based-NFTs white-label clone solutions of NFT marketplaces, onboarding of prospective investors, integration of digital wallets, and NFT marketing. Hence, progressive entrepreneurs can move forward in the industry by initiating Non-Fungible Token development.

Jennifer Atkinson

Jennifer Atkinson

Chief Technical Writer

Jennifer is an America-based chief technical writer at Appdupe, who has got the buzz of every faddish development in the technology and app development sector. Her verdict about presenting quick-witted solutions to the current issues and being enigmatic about future trends has led her to become the wizard in her field.

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