Last week saw the inaugural O Awards, a night of back-slappery and bonhomie in Los Angeles, where the great, good and not-so-good of the sex toys industry assembled for a round of hearty self congratulations.
Lovehoney was there to enjoy the cheap (free) booze and the view from the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel Universal Studios. And to applaud politely, sometimes noisily, from the wings as the winners went up to collect their gongs.
And, of course, to bask in the reflected glory that we were first to bring more than a handful of the winning products to the UK over the past couple or three years. We make it our mission to bring you the best sex toys, so we took it as a giant pat on the back for us, too.
Needless to say, our head buyer Bonny Hall couldn't help herself when presented with the opportunity to press her fizzog in front of the camera…
Here she is with Dean Elliott, founder of Sliquid, the awesome super-slippery lubes that are glycerine-free, paraben-free and otherwise gunk-free for the maximum in worry-free sexual pleasure.
Sliquid won the award for "Outstanding Lube, Lotion or Potion", which was designed to "recognize excellence in lubricants, massage oils, and other necessities." NICE.
"I owe this award, and indeed every scintilla of success I've ever had in my entire life, to the incredible and incredibly good-looking team at Lovehoney," Mr Elliott might have said had we bothered to ask him.
More gurning award winners after the break…
Everyone knows about the bitter rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, but in this case, Microsoft have come out on top due to their clever iPod Amnesty ad campaign.
But we here at Lovehoney can't help feeling like we've seen this idea somewhere before…
In fact, Lovehoney launched the Rabbit Amnesty programme back in 2007 - so we're positively OG in the amnesty game!
Although you can't send us your old mp3 player, you can send us your old vibrator and in return, you'll receive a half price rabbit vibrator from the brilliant Jessica 2.0 range!
To help you on your way to designing an award-winning sex toy for the Design A Sex Toy competition, we've got in touch with the people behind Monogamy, Sliquid, Monkey Spanker and We-Vibe to find out their top tips for making it in the industry.
We were wringing our Web 2.0 hands last week when the Lovehoney Twitter account was summarily suspended amid accusations of spam, malefeasance and assorted skullduggery. We were innocent, of course, and protested from the highest mount - well we contested our Twitter account suspension through the official channel and twiddled our thumbs for a bit.
After a couple of days we were assigned a Twitter operative, which reassured us that at least someone was looking into what had happened.
And then, well, we waited some more. And worried a bit more.
So we poked around some Twitter discussion forums which for the most part revealed that if your Twitter account gets suspended by mistake, you just have to wait for it to come back. Not much consolation for us.
But buried deep in the comments was an e-mail address for a Twitter operative called Delbius, who we contacted directly and within no time at all our account was back in operation. Thank you Delbius!
Why was our Twitter account suspended in the first place? Delbius reveals:
> I've restored the account; it would appear that it was flagged as
> part of a spam cloud. In the future, please contact me with a ticket
> number as that makes this process much easier -- or just wait for us
> to resolve the ticket.
Which for us begged the question: what is a spam cloud? To which Del helpfully and swiftly answered:
> Essentially, it's when a group of accounts start spamming;
> some spam accounts started messaging with updates you were
> sending out and you were caught up in the resulting chaos.
So we were collateral damage in someone else's nefarious spam activity. And it turns out quite a lot of other Twitter accounts were suspended due to the spam cloud scare too.
Everything seems to have been sorted now, but if your Twitter account gets suspended, don't panic!
Fill in the Twitter account suspension appeal form and twiddle your thumbs for a bit. If you're twiddling for too long, e-mail Delbius - del at twitter.com
Thank you Delbius!
Truly we are humbled by the adulation of our peers. Yesterday, Lovehoney was named 2009 Online Adult Retailer of the Year at the prestigious Erotic Trade Only annual awards, held on a concourse at the Birmingham NEC. And here is a picture of our head buyer Bonny Hall and The Professor (in his civvies) graciously accepting the plaudit.
What is Erotic Trade Only? It's the trade publication for our 'industry' - think of it as the adult version of those funny guest publications that they grab the headlines from at the end of Have I Got News For You?. Things like Miniature Donkey Talk and The Shock & Vibration Digest.
Come to think of it, ETO would fit in quite well with any of those, though sadly the publishers of Global Slag have decided to call time on the magazine. We shed a tear for its demise.
But we digress! The ETO Awards are voted for by 'the industry' so we're super-chuffed that our achievements have been recognised by our peers, but we're even more super-chuffed that so many people keep coming back to shop at Lovehoney. We thank you all!
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Home shopping parties have seen something of a resurgeance recently as organisers find it's a good way to top-up their incomes in the down-turn, and groups of girls find that it's a fun, low-cost way to have a night in.
But why exactly do you go to home shopping parties? What do you buy there? And (crucially!) how much money do you spend?
All you have to do is complete the dinky little survey and we'll let you know the results soon - who knows, maybe you'll see a Lovehoney Rep in your house in the near future!
Here comes the survey after the break… Have fun!
The very first Apple-approved, vibrator-themed iPhone Application has just become available and to celebrate its release, we've launched the Lovehoney Mobile Site too!
Just like the regular Lovehoney site, you can view sex toys, read descriptions, check out reviews and purchase any of our 7540+ products - but while you're on the bus or waiting at the post office!
Created by the brilliant and dedicated tech team, the mobile site has all the main features of the Lovehoney site including the secure checkout, wishlists and accounts.
So give it a go - check out the Lovehoney mobile site now and find your new favourite sex toy whilst lazing on the beach this summer!
Twitter isn't just for for the nasty things in life, like idiot updates from Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross, it's for the good things in life like sex tips, naughty tittle tattle and details of Lovehoney's latest offers, hot off the pipe.
Join Lovehoney on Twitter today!
By popular demand, your friends can now buy you things from your wishlist without even knowing your address!