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UPDATED! What's New and Exciting in the Sex Toy World and What's Up With the "Sold As a Novelty Only

UPDATED! What's New and Exciting in the Sex Toy World and What's Up With the "Sold As a Novelty Only
Well, what a crazy few weeks it's been here in Grand Opening!'s Sex Toy World! As you know, there were two back-to-back shows ("Can't we just all get along?") and the usual gossip between the two shows, none of which I'll go into here (or anywhere else for that matter). The two shows presented many ... More »

The Birth of the Pornorazzi

The Birth of the Pornorazzi
It has occurred to me that we have given birth once again to an entire new industry accompanied by its own job description complete with its own members, rules, regulations and hierarchy — the adult press corps, or the Pornorazzi! They appeared out of the ether one night, cameras at the ready... More »

Learn to Use Blogging as a Marketing Tool

Learn to Use Blogging as a Marketing Tool
While many people are aware of blogs and understand how they work, most of them do not understand how blogging can be a very successful and powerful marketing tool to be used to promote your business.  It is important to understand how you can use blogging to advance your small business to incr... More »

YES WE CAN! NO, ACTUALLY YOU SORT OF DIDN’T…

YES WE CAN!  NO, ACTUALLY YOU SORT OF DIDN’T…
…And because you didn’t, there’s a good chance that the GOP is going to take this opportunity to pounce. It seems like just yesterday that Obama was being sworn into office.  As with the inception of most new presidential terms, the American people were filled with hope that... More »

.XXXploitation, .XXXtortion and .XXXpletive Deleted

.XXXploitation, .XXXtortion and .XXXpletive Deleted
Three of us were standing around at the AVN Novelty Expo the other day, having a discussion about .XXX domains and the negative effects the new sTLD will have on adult online businesses. One of our colleagues, a rather well-known adult performer, said he had pre-registered HisName.xxx for fear of... More »

Pride and Seek

Pride and Seek
Perched on a balcony, well, those of you who have never lived in the Big Apple might call it a fire escape, outside a fifth floor walk up on Christopher Street, I had the perfect vantage point to witness the annual spectacle of the New York Gay Parade, literally a half a block from location of the h... More »

A Narrow Path

A Narrow Path
Is your "customer service" costing you customers? Don't be too certain of your answer, especially if all you're basing that answer on is "sure, we have a customer service department," or "our billing company handles that..." Companies of all sizes mistake the notion of "having" or "investing" in c... More »

7 Tips for Better Twitter B2B Marketing

7 Tips for Better Twitter B2B Marketing
Nearly every company is knee-deep in social media marketing these days, but how many of them know how to best use these popular social tools to increase traffic and sales? When you are working within the B2B market, tools like Twitter will need to be used differently than they would if you were mark... More »

Six DAZE o' Sex Toy Shows... WHA?!?

Six DAZE o' Sex Toy Shows... WHA?!?
Yes, on Thursday, July 7, starts the six DAZE of TWO back-to-back sex toy shows - the Adult Novelty Expo put on by Adult Video News in Pasadena and the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo in Burbank - try saying ANE and ANME in the same sentence - I dare ya! - so the ANME show is often referred to as "... More »

FDA: Fair Fight?

FDA: Fair Fight?
In December, the Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on weight loss, bodybuilding and sexual enhancement supplements that contain potentially dangerous ingredients. The FDA claimed that some manufacturers have deceptively labeled products, not mentioning ingredients that should only ... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

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;... More »

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”... More »

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... More »
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