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Regulation Breeds Innovation in High Risk Processing

Regulation Breeds Innovation in High Risk Processing
The high-risk processing space is one of the most tightly regulated and rapidly changing parts of the adult industry online and one of the more complicated components of any successful adult venture. That’s why billing experts have emerged and become trusted strategic partners, capable of smo... More »

Alternative Payments Overcome Obstacles

Alternative Payments Overcome Obstacles
The alternative payments market is becoming a bit of a misnomer because many aspects of what used to be considered “alternatives” are now being absorbed into the heart of mainstream payment services. Aspects of paperless check transactions, online verification methods and geo-targeting w... More »

Selecting the Right Billing Company

Selecting the Right Billing Company
When adult online first began, there was a dearth of processing solutions available and early pioneers of digital porn scrambled to find ways to help willing consumers to become paying customers. Over the years the proliferation of processing alternatives has continued to expand, and many of the be... More »

Transaction Truths: Same Old E-Commerce? Not Even Close

Transaction Truths: Same Old E-Commerce? Not Even Close
Have you ever wondered when payment processing became all about rates? Perhaps it was a few years back when a recession hit the U.S. economy. Perhaps, at some level, it’s always been about rates. Although, some recent trends we are seeing does make one wonder. Are merchants finding increased ... More »

Beefing Up Retail Sales of Men's Products

Beefing Up Retail Sales of Men's Products
In recent years, the sale of men’s sex toys is going strong. What are the driving factors behind the sale of men’s sex toys? What has changed, and what remains the same in regard to the male market? At Hustler Hollywood, Marketing Manager Allison Johnston, and David Ballow, corporate bu... More »

Manufacturers Discuss Market Growth for Male Pleasure Products

Manufacturers Discuss Market Growth for Male Pleasure Products
Re-appropriating the wise words of Daft Punk, men want to be “harder, better, faster stronger,” and are finally willing to put their money where their genitals are. Leaders from the novelty market, representing heavy hitters like Fleshlight, LELO, Pipedream and more, all agree that male ... More »

Processing Solutions: Operation Choke Point Isn’t Over … Yet

Processing Solutions: Operation Choke Point Isn’t Over … Yet
Last summer I received numerous calls from merchants in the adult business, to learn that their bank and merchant accounts had been terminated. Terminated by top tier banks, like Chase, Union Bank, and Wells Fargo. Legitimate businesses with banking relationships that had been established for over 1... More »

Programmatic Ad Campaigns Maximize Each Dollar

Programmatic Ad Campaigns Maximize Each Dollar
Back in the early days of Internet porn, all you needed on a site like Sex.com was a dizzying set of flashing ad banners slapped up haphazardly across a landing page to rake in millions of dollars in revenue. The Internet and online marketing have come a long way since then, with a professional bre... More »

Hidden Gems: Digging Deeper Into Traffic Ecosystems

Hidden Gems: Digging Deeper Into Traffic Ecosystems
As adult content continues to evolve from the glory days of its time as a product for monetization into a valuable marketing hook for other products to monetize, the proliferation of new ad networks and the variety of ad services being launched each week is quickly creating a dizzying array of optio... More »

The Digital Factor: Industry Execs Discuss Trends in E-Commerce

The Digital Factor: Industry Execs Discuss Trends in E-Commerce
The concept of selling sex toys and sexy attire via mail-order existed long before the Internet, but e-commerce has made it much more widespread than it was back in the 1970s and 1980s (when Adam & Eve led the way with mail-order condoms). These days, the Internet is a major destination for purc... More »

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Lube’s Battle: The FDA’s Crackdown on Lubricant Labeling

Before I happened upon the emotionally satisfying profession of selling topnotch adult “pleasure products,” I actually had aspirations of creating a series of fairy tale books. The easiest... More »

Sexual Products, Sexual Shame

One of the amazing things about the sex retail industry is that you’re on the front lines of dealing with sexual shame. You have allies among therapists, counselors, coaches, educators, writers and... More »

A Focus on the Office: Building the Team You Need

When I founded OrbitalPay in March of 2008, I did so with the understanding that it would only be successful if I managed to assemble a team of people who were competent, capable and fully engaged with... More »
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