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Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach
It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than a decade since a young and unknown Maggie Gyllenhal was spanked by her boss James Spader in &ldq... More »

Payment Processors Holding the Line for Mobile Billing

Payment Processors Holding the Line for Mobile Billing
The mobile internet is a fast-growing and ever-changing landscape. In 2017, conversion ratios for mobile internet users now eclipse those of desktop users, and the app revolution is poised to further disrupt the marketplace with new content types and user expectations. It’s a picture of prof... More »

How Billers Help Merchants Profit While Playing by the Rules

How Billers Help Merchants Profit While Playing by the Rules
Adult merchants face a wide range of challenges and considerations, including those surrounding the receipt and processing of payments for their products and services — a process governed by numerous corporate rules, international laws, and an overriding need for profitability. Fortunately, t... More »

A Look at the Latest Technological Advances in Billing

A Look at the Latest Technological Advances in Billing
As the digital media industry races headlong into a future full of new technology, one vital underpinning — the ability to easily, profitably, and safely process payment transactions — is taking a more measured approach to its technological evolution, yet evolving nonetheless. Unlike ot... More »

Sex Toy Storage Creators Discuss Growing Consumer Demand for Hygienic Options

Sex Toy Storage Creators Discuss Growing Consumer Demand for Hygienic Options
Growing up, you probably had a few toys. When playtime came to an end, you were probably asked to put them away. Now, you are a grown up, and you probably have some toys of a different variety. But where do you put them when the fun comes to an end? Sex toys are becoming increasingly popular, but ac... More »

Uncovering the Newest Trends in Alternative Billing

Uncovering the Newest Trends in Alternative Billing
For adult merchants, especially adult website operators, the notion of “alternative billing” hasn’t really evolved from its Ameri-centric “anything but MasterCard or Visa” origins — but the options for serving the rest of the world’s consumers have increased... More »

Sexual Enhancement Market Sees Growth From Couples-Friendly Approach

Sexual Enhancement Market Sees Growth From Couples-Friendly Approach
From cock rings and penis pumps to creams, gels and sprays, male sexual enhancement products have long been a fixture in the pleasure products/sex toys sector. But the marketing of those products has evolved considerably in recent years. And couples-oriented promotions, adult sex education and a div... More »

Lubes, Lotions and Potions: Manufacturers Talk Gateway Products

Lubes, Lotions and Potions: Manufacturers Talk Gateway Products
Sensual body care products have strong consumer interest and plenty of appeal for customers of all types. With lubes, massage oils, creams, lotions, and sprays all bringing in significant sales, manufacturers weigh in on the mainstream appetite for these products and the industry’s current tre... More »

Adult Biz Faces More Obstacles Past Prop. 60 Battle

Adult Biz Faces More Obstacles Past Prop. 60 Battle
On Feb. 1, I completed 365 days as the Free Speech Coalition’s executive director. It was a turbulent first year, and when I received the 2017 XBIZ Industry Leadership Award I was startled, humbled and honored. The award is a symbol of what we can achieve when we stick together, and it doesn... More »

Ad Networks: A Look at Compliance Issues

Ad Networks: A Look at Compliance Issues
Among the major concerns of online marketers when evaluating advertising creatives are the return on investment, click-through and engagement rates, (re)targeting and opportunities for micro-tuning monetization. These factors face adult advertisers and publishers alike, as each tries to maximize the... More »

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »
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