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What is NFT utility and why does it matter?



One thing that makes NFTs unique from other tokens and systems of value in the crypto space is how they offer greater flexibility and utility than other crypto assets. You could use NFTs for everything from art to land titles or even digital pets. Furthermore, the NFT market is expected to reach  $7.63 billion by 2028.

We will take a dive into the concept of NFT Utility and why it matters in the ever-expanding blockchain industry.


What Is NFT Utility?

Utility NFTs offer their holders real-world value, apart from simply holding or owning the NFT. NFT utility is the real-world value, holders get for owning or holding an NFT.  The creators of Utility NFT provide holders and owners with real-life perks, such as memberships, service access, and access to real-world events, digital assets, or physical goods.

Simply put, it is the “usefulness’; of an NFT project in real-time. An NFT is said to have utility when it is useful to its owner or holder.

As tokens, the real value of NFTs is in their uniqueness and how they can be proved.NFTs 

NFT Utility has the chance to help brands and businesses in their digital processes because NFTs fundamentally carry proof of governance and ownership.


NFTs as proof of Ownership

When a buyer purchases a product, or good, for example, a car, buyers can receive all the mechanical and registration information via an NFT, or when the product is bought,m the NFT can be sent to the wallet.  Also, holders of the NFTs released by the brands could get VIP or unrestricted access to future brand web3 activities, for example, they would be able to buy services and products, and engage and interact with other owners.

Commercial Rights, with NFT Utility

Collections could offer commercial perks as a utility for NFTs.  Holders and Owners of an NFT collection could be offered the right to use the name and identity of the NFT Brand for any external project, corporate, promotional, and so on. 

The Popular Bored Ape Yacht Club is a good example. The owners of the BATC Collection have commercial rights over the images and can therefore make other creations with them.

Many businesses have already taken advantage of the famous brand name to profit from it whether the business is Eminem and Snoop Dogg’s latest music video with their Bored Apes or the small Californian restaurant Bored and Hungry.



NFTs as Proof of Authenticity 

Another way businesses can offer real-world use of NFTs is through proof of provenance or authenticity. Fashion brands may be able to take advantage of this example the most.

For example, luxury fashion brand Gucci launched an NFT collection related to their physical branded sculptures. The NFTs give access to perks and experiences to holders and owners, but the real usefulness of the NFTs is their capacity to track the product’s origin and authenticity.


Types of NFT Utility

Here is a list of the major current NFT Utility, to help give a better example of NFT Utility ideas. Bear in mind that due to the rapid state of innovation and ideation, more 

  1. Access NFTs

The holder of this NFT can use it as a pass in order to access an event, just as he would with the event ticket. It is now becoming increasingly easy, thanks to innovations in Blockchain technology, to verify and authenticate ownership of a token. 

They can also offer access to experiences, goods, and services in the digital world and the real one. It may also include exclusive access features, such as access to a Discord channel, songs not included on the official album, podcasts with limited access to listen, and others.

       2. Redeemable NFTs 

A redeemable NFT can be exchanged for a digital or physical asset. For example, RTFKT, a leading metaverse, gaming, and digital sneakers collectible brand, launched a digital sneaker collection with NFT Artist Fewocious. Holders of this collection could redeem their NFTs for physical shoes; each of the three utility NFTs corresponded to a different pair of physical sneakers.

       3. NFT Voting Rights 

Some NFTs give governance rights to their holders. By holding these NFTs, holders get the privilege of being involved in the governance and decision-making process in a decentralized community.

         4. Royalty NFTs

NFTs can be sold as a secondary commodity on a secondary market. Each time the NFT is traded and resold to a new collector, its creator receives dividends from thr transactions as royalty. There is an ongoing debate concerning royalties for NFT Creators. 


Benefits of Utility NFTs

  • Safe Technology: The tecj=hnology behing=d utility NFTs ensures safety and security. If not impossible, it is difficult to delete, alter, or hack the information embedded in the NFTs.
  • Transparency:  The NFT market ensures the highest clarity of business activities because of blockchain technology. It makes dishonest practices and corruption impossible.
  • Diversification of investment: There are considerable differences between traditional assets like stocks and NFTs. It allows investors to diversify their portfolios
  • Ownership  NFTs provide proof of ownership of a digital good.


Final Thoughts

Utility NFTs will become more mainstream as new innovators and thinkers, fresh capital, and inspiring projects come into the space. As NFTs continue to prove themselves as ‘useful’,  in real-world situations, more buyers will enter the NFT market, inching us closer to mass adoption.

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