XBIZ 360° to Follow ANME With In-depth Panels, Top Speakers

LOS ANGELES — Adult industry professionals are preparing for a double dose of in-depth information and stimulating insight as the XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products Conference, presented by Pipedream Products, and Retail Conference, presented by Adam & Eve stores, immediately follow up this year’s ANME show.

Just across town at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles, the day-long XBIZ 360° dual-track event kicks off on Jan. 9 at 11a.m., making it convenient for ANME attendees to continue their week of learning, sharing and meeting top industry movers and shakers fact-to-face.

Transportation to the Sofitel Hotel from the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel will be provided to registered ANME attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the close of ANME on Jan. 9, 1 p.m., a shuttle will transport the first 80 ANME guests from to the Sofitel and back to the Marriott at 7 p.m., following the XBIZ 360 Kick Off Happy Hour.

Being held in tandem, the XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences offer one-of-a kind sessions dedicated to no-nonsense, practical information on each market segment delivered by some of the industry’s top pros. Some of the exciting sessions include Selling Online, Sex Toys in Pop Culture, The Future of Adult Retail, Gen-Y Shoppers and more.

What’s more, Presenting Sponsor Pipedream Products will be speaking on the Future of Pleasure Product Merchandising, followed up by a pair of keynotes from industry luminaries including Jimmyjane’s Ethan Imboden speaking on pleasure products, and Peekay’s Phyllis Heppenstall, delivering her visionary talk on the retail market.

This year’s Platinum Sponsors include CalExotics, Doc Johnson and Masque who will be on hand with other industry leaders discussing market trends and forecasts.

“We are thrilled to be able to dovetail on ANME with such an exciting and informative day of seminars, sessions and keynotes focusing on both the retail and pleasure products markets – the fastest growing segments of the adult industry. ANME attendees and those wishing to gain valuable insight into these areas will receive what amounts to a master course in buying, selling and marketing. A full day of priceless knowledge is right at the fingertips of adult pros and we’re hoping no one misses this ultimate opportunity,” Sara Sazzman XBIZ associate publisher said.

But it’s not all fact and figures.

This year’s three-day extravaganza also includes numerous opportunities to meet with the core of adult retail and pleasure product professionals who have been on the front lines of nearly every aspect of their respective disciplines for years. A kick-off happy hour and the always-exciting Cybersocket Awards will keep attendees parting well into evening. And those attending the full three-day XBIZ 360° groundbreaking event will also be able to garner smarts from the concurrent Digital Media Conference, presented by CECash, on Jan. 9-11 and attend the year’s most sought after night of glitz and glamour — the 2013 XBIZ Awards, presented by Fleshlight, held this year at the Century Plaza in tony Century City.

This year’s star-studded Awards is being presented by Fleshlight and hosted by the incomparable adult film superstar Tera Patrick. The red-carpet gala will honor movers and shakers across more than 150 award categories — spotlighting the year's best in Pleasure Products, Retail & Distribution, Movies & Production and Web & Technology market segments. For a complete list of award categories, visit XBIZAwards.com.

All XBIZ.net members can register for the six-part series of grand-slam B2B events for free. Registration is open on Jan. 9 at from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel in the XBIZ 360° Registration booth. For more information visit XBIZ360.com.