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Direct-Carrier Billing Comes to the U.S.

Direct-Carrier Billing Comes to the U.S.
Carrier fragmentation plus technical and regulatory friction in the payment systems for mobile users has hampered the U.S. mobile market since its inception. This has led many marketers to think of “mobile” as “a European thing” — but all that is changing. According to... More »

Kinky Boots: An Enduring Symbol in Fetish Fashion

Kinky Boots: An Enduring Symbol in Fetish Fashion
For well over half a century, kinky boots have been a symbol of BDSM and fetish fashion. Fifty years have passed since actors Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee (who co-starred in the 1960s British spy series “The Avengers”) recorded their single, “Kinky Boots,” which in its o... More »

Baby It’s Cold Outside! Time To Surf For Porn.

Baby It’s Cold Outside! Time To Surf For Porn.
As most of us in North America have noticed, "Climate Change" has come down like a hammer on most of the US and Canada this winter with snowstorms, ice storms and temperatures dipping below ZERO in most parts of our realm the past couple of months.Being a stats geek, I took a look at how this might ... More »

SMS Billing: Remains Popular in Some Regions

SMS Billing: Remains Popular in Some Regions
The mobile/wireless sector continues to grow steadily in the adult entertainment industry, and many people who consume adult content on mobile devices are also paying for it using those devices. Most are choosing carrier/operator billing, although others are opting for billing via SMS (short message... More »

Businesses Increasingly Using ACH Transactions

Businesses Increasingly Using ACH Transactions
One of the most refreshing aspects of working in the adult online industry is the fact that people come to it from such a diverse set of backgrounds and evolve their skill sets to successfully navigate the challenges of selling entertainment online. Payment processing via credit cards, wires and tra... More »

What’s the Future for Direct Carrier Billing?

What’s the Future for Direct Carrier Billing?
As hard as it is to fathom given the relatively short time the mobile phone market has existed, across the globe there are more people with mobile phone accounts than people with bank accounts and credit card accounts combined. The gulf in market penetration between mobile and bank/credit accounts ... More »

Billing: Looking a Little Less ‘Alternative’ Every Day

Billing: Looking a Little Less ‘Alternative’ Every Day
While the estimated decline differs from one company to the next and across different industry sectors, there’s little question that for many online adult entertainment businesses, the last five or six years have been a rough ride. With both revenue and conversion ratios dropping substantiall... More »

Pleasure Products Ease Into Mainstream Markets

Pleasure Products Ease Into Mainstream Markets
You’ll have to forgive Jimmyjane for name dropping … but if the hallowed pages of GQ and Elle covered your products; if luxury retailers like Fred Segal in Los Angeles and Selfridges in London carried your lines; if you had a partnership with W Hotels worldwide; and if the likes of Kate... More »

Look Into the Mirror

Look Into the Mirror
Editor’s Note: In early November 2013, Manwin rebranded and changed its corporate name to MindGeek. For more information see the XBIZ News release here. So rumor has it that Fabian Thylmann, the rotund and boyish face of the Corporate Porn Borg now known as Manwin for the last several years, ... More »

Online Transaction Truths: Steady Navigation

Online Transaction Truths: Steady Navigation
The online world has grown up. Gone are the days of consumers not trusting technology or being hesitant to buy products and services through the Internet. Indeed, Amazon, iTunes, smartphones and global shrinking have created an environment where online buyers are more than willing to virtually trave... More »

PROFILES & BIOS

WIA Profile: Kate Hodgson-Egan

Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of... More »

Q&A: Holiday Products Founder Moe Levy Reflects on Decades of Career Accomplishments

Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., as an only child, Moe Levy learned to become business savvy at an early age from his parents. Even more importantly, Levy says his parents instilled in him their people-oriented... More »

AWSummit’s Alexandru Gheorghe Has Eyes Set on Growth

The AWSummit has quickly made its mark and has become a top draw for chat hosts, studios and cam sites from all over the world. Founded by CEO Alexandru Gheorghe just two years ago, the cam-centric AW... More »
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