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Unlocking Revenue Potential With Tiered Pricing

If you’re a creator aiming to monetize your content and expand your online presence, one strategy that can truly revolutionize your business is tiered pricing.

Megan Stokes ·
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WIA Profile: Blanca Estrada-Gonzalez

Blanca Estrada-Gonzalez will be the first to tell you that she “drops panties for a living,” and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Though Magic Silk’s star saleswoman once aspired to become a medical doctor, the universe had other plans — and those plans involved jock straps, lacy undies and see-through bedroom wear for all.

Women In Adult ·
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N69 Founder Kamila Hrecka Brings Sex Ed, Products to the Polish Market

Come for the Catholic cathedrals, stay for the world-class pleasure expertise! While that may not be an official slogan, there is no denying that modern retail boutique N69 is adding a touch of intimate class to the Polish adult products market.

Colleen Godin ·
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Lumi Ray: Adult Stardom? Yes Chef!

“They saw how serious I am about training,” she says. “Then last year I also did this rom-com for Erika Lust — Casey Calvert’s “Blind Date” with Michael Vegas, Alexis Tae and Casey — and my character was a photographer, like I am.”

Gustavo Turner ·
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WIA Profile: Nikki Night

Nikki Night describes herself as “The Fairy Cam Mother” and it would be hard to argue that she has not earned that magical title. Night’s multifaceted adult industry career has spanned content creation, model coaching, developing XXX websites for talent, marketing and even serving as sex toy company Kiiroo’s head of model success and managing the FeelStars roster of talent.

Women In Adult ·
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Canadian Sexual Wellness Brands Nobü, BodiSpa Reveal Goals for Growth

Today’s most beloved pleasure products often blend the adult and mainstream worlds, marketing their sensual designs in boxes that won’t deter vanilla shoppers — or mainstream retail buyers. Canadian sister brands BodiSpa and Nobü aim to embody this vision, bringing adult fantasies to even the shyest of consumers.

Colleen Godin ·
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How Gen Z Is Reshaping Pleasure Product Marketing

Gen Z is breaking the customer funnel, and it’s exactly what we need. In the past, figuring out customers’ purchasing habits, both in-store and digital, was relatively straightforward. But Gen Z’s priorities are completely different from those of their predecessors, and so are their shopping habits.

Naima Karp ·
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Unpacking the Payment Card Industry's Latest Data Security Standard

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements and guidelines that apply to all businesses that accept credit card payments, and is designed to ensure the security of those transactions.

Jonathan Corona ·
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Compliance With State Age Verification Laws

During the past year, website operators have faced a slew of new state age verification laws entailing a variety of inconsistent compliance obligations.

Lawrence Walters ·
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A Look at the Serious Business of Novelties in Retail

Adult retailers put a lot of thought into the products they carry. They want to offer customers high-quality sex toys with the latest technology and features, plus a robust selection of condoms and lubricants — all at competitive prices.

Rebecca Weinberg ·
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Retailer Online Engagement Strategies for Pride Month

Pride month is more than a celebration; it is a platform for advocacy, inclusivity and community empowerment. As we celebrate Pride month in June, therefore, it is essential for the pleasure industry to engage with the queer community by embracing thoughtful digital marketing initiatives that resonate with LGBTQ+ audiences.

Verna Meng ·
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Merchants in Spotlight With Visa's VIRP

By now, most merchants know about the Visa Integrity Risk Program (VIRP) rolled out in spring 2023. The program is designed to ensure that acquirers and their designated agents — payment facilitators, independent sales organizations and wallets — maintain proper controls and oversight to prevent illegal transactions from entering the Visa payment system.

Cathy Beardsley ·
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How to Know When Hosting Upgrades Are Really Needed

I was reminded about an annoyingly common experience that often frustrates website owners: upgrades. Sometimes, an upgrade of physical system resources like CPU, RAM or storage really is required to solve a problem or improve performance… but how do you know you’re not just being upsold?

Brad Mitchell ·
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A Deep Dive Into 'Shallowing' Sex Toys

The term “Shallowing” refers to engaging only in shallow penetration of the vagina, and/or stimulating the vaginal opening and the few centimeters inside of it, rather than deeper penetration and trying to stimulate the G-spot or A-spot.

Carly S. ·
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Inside 'Honeyguide' as Disruptive Films Channels 'Saltburn' Wickedness

Siouxsie Q and Michael Vegas have been riding high. At the 2024 XBIZ Awards, the duo took home the trophy for Director of the Year — Gay Movies, while their title “For You, I Will” was named Gay Feature of the Year.

Alejandro Freixes ·
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Which Tech Should Retail Businesses Consider Outsourcing?

Since technology is the backbone of almost any retail business nowadays, one of the biggest challenges adult retailers encounter is making sure they have the right technology stack and staff needed to support growth.

Sean Quinn ·
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On the Set: Welcome to Adult Time's 'Futa World'

Dressed revealingly in a yellow waitress uniform, Lauren Phillips greets eager customers Hailey Rose and Chloe Surreal. On a sign announcing the grand opening of “Dick’s Diner,” the apostrophe between letters k and s bears a striking resemblance to an ejaculating penis.

Alejandro Freixes ·
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Avery Jane Unleashes 'The Fuck Machine' for Raw Performance

For nearly a decade, Avery Jane has ascended the adult industry ranks to embody her brand: The Fuck Machine. Her steady rise makes perfect sense once you get to know her a little.

Alejandro Freixes ·
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WIA Profile: Rebecca Buffham

Rebecca Buffham’s Women in Adult profile could not have arrived with more perfect timing. The U.K.-based sales executive is marking a full decade with pleasure brand JO. Ten years in the pleasure industry would be cause enough for celebration, but 10 years with the same company?

Women In Adult ·
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Self-Care During Industry Events

Protecting your own well-being and happiness is particularly important during periods of stress. Working in adult can certainly come with its own unique daily stressors — and pressures and expectations rarely get more intense than during industry events.

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