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Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends
These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail; now, they are displayed prominently — and pleasure product distributors and retailers kn... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear
The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades” earns way more credit than is deserved for a movie that was painfully tame in comparison to what r... More »

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 »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

Understanding 'Camming Sociology' Can Enhance Interactions

After working for six years in the live cam industry as a cam model and almost double the amount of time studying — while working simultaneously — how relationships work in cyberspace, I am... More »

Proper Fisting Techniques for Gentle Stimulation

Does the phrase “anal fisting” make your sphincter clench in terror? Does it seem like an urban legend or an extreme party trick? Most people scoff at the idea of trying it because it sounds... More »

Camming Games, Contests Keep Customers Engaged

Last issue, I talked about the importance of changing up the ambience in a cam model room via new décor and small visual tweaks, to keep viewers engaged long-term. This time, I’d like to discuss... More »
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