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New Beginnings: What Was Your New Year’s Resolution?

New Beginnings: What Was Your New Year’s Resolution?
We’ve just started a new year, and that’s always a good time to take a moment and reflect on new beginnings. It’s also a great opportunity to help your customers learn something new about sex, pleasure and relationships. So here’s my question for you: what new thing do you wa... More »

Retail Sales: No Thanks, I’m Just Looking

Retail Sales: No Thanks, I’m Just Looking
All of us in this wacky industry of adult toys and products often find ourselves as working as sales floor staff, selling blush-inducing devices like a vibrator for a jittery first time buyer or those insta-hard on pills to baby boomers who read somewhere that they really work. But more times than n... More »

Taming the Voracious Inbox

Taming the Voracious Inbox
People say it all the time, “The only thing guaranteed in life is death and taxes.” The truth is, the one thing that is inevitable (as well as constant in our lives) is change. We are faced with it everyday. Sometimes its expected, sometimes a surprise. For some, the idea of change is te... More »

Your Permanent Record

Your Permanent Record
As a young man in grade school, I was kept in line by strict nuns threatening me with “black marks on my permanent record” — a nebulous but omnipresent scorecard of our success in life that determined our future prospects for everything from our education to employment, from commun... More »

Creating a Plan for Success as the Economic Picture Gets Brighter

Creating a Plan for Success as the Economic Picture Gets Brighter
A new year always brings promise and the excitement of new opportunities. And this year is looking better than a number of recent ones when it comes to economic forecasts. In the U.S., a total of 321,000 jobs were added in November of 2014 and data for the months of September and October were revise... More »

Think: Be Careful What You Wish For

Think: Be Careful What You Wish For
Reading over the news about the U.K.’s Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 and the Communications Act of 2003 that it amended, one thought kept reverberating through my head: Thank you, 1st Amendment! As a three judge panel from the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals demonstrated recently with... More »

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just a Couples’ Celebration

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just a Couples’ Celebration
‘Tis the season for love at your friendly neighborhood sex shop! This is not to say that there isn’t a particular sense of yearning and passion that haunts your stores the other 11 months out of the year. You just can’t deny that there’s something different about the vibe (pu... More »

Paysite Power: Hype or the Next Big Thing?

Paysite Power: Hype or the Next Big Thing?
As we start anew in 2015 and kick off what will no doubt be an eventful and exciting year for adult businesses we can expect the same old year/new-year discussions of trends and the “next big thing” as people try to figure out how to get rich or stay rich. My prediction is that the next... More »

Piracy Journal: An Industry Coming of Age

Piracy Journal: An Industry Coming of Age
I have been ruminating about this column for some time. It started when I read an unflattering article in a mainstream publication after the XBIZ EU show in London about how the industry appeared to be “on its death bed.” The author talked about a “disappointingly beige” conf... More »

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era
Well, it’s the beginning of 2015 and the Securities and Exchange Commission still has not finalized long-awaited federal crowdfunding rules. The SEC is now nearly two full years past the congressionally mandated deadline to provide final enabling rules for the online crowdfunding provisions o... More »

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

E-Stim Basics: Selling Customers on Powerboxes as Pleasure Tools

Electrosex is a commonly misunderstood pleasure practice for good reason: Most of us have negative associations with electricity; maybe we’ve been shocked after rubbing our feet across a carpeted... More »

Search Oftentimes Is Left to Chance

Adult content is frowned upon in search, whether in paid, organic or social. With the big algo updates from the past few years, Google has cleaned up search, trying to get rid of spammy and low-quality... More »

Five Tips to Generate Repeat Business

A $50 sale is great. But what if you could get that same $50 sale to come back four times in the next few months? Here are some ideas how to achieve that. 1) On your receipts, you should have an option... More »
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