This has taken a long while and still like a half built house - so a long way yet to go to build our new smoking friendly web portal for us, and all the increasing number of disenchanted YouTubers, who maybe don't want to put in year or two building their own web portal.
As that old saying goes it always takes longer an dit always costs more - sigh! So have to get moving using the old engine for now with this update:
New model video shows and a new special low priced $6.95 series called Model Parade with favorite re-mixes and new shows.
A new Feature Model section each month and you can buy the full set for each in a single buy and save!
Post by FrustratedCustomer on Jun 22, 2019 10:41:06 GMT
why why why don't you see the light and simply open a store on C4S or IWC? you are missing out on a lot of sales! your models and work are great but this site is impossible to use! I never find anything and it's impossible to realize that something new is available! how do you even stay in business???
I am always open to suggestions we might have missed or new emerging opportunities, so thanks for the suggestion but while many C4S customers also find their way to our show too, the vast majority of our customers never go to C4S - so no advantage in us moving there. And increasingly today mainstream sites are just not interested in hosting any smoking content. This is part of the point to now building our own new web portal, but no easy options here and something we really need the grunt of a serious corporate sponsor to achieve faster/sooner.
'Frustrated customer' I know a store front can be like a comfortable pair of slippers and you really don't want to see it change but the reality is if we don't, then we are soon out of business. So can't loose sight of the need for a fully new 'smoking friendly' web portal - or maybe we pull down the final curtain and call it a day
I'd also add that the Models Up Close and Women Smoking Culture videos are glamour shows, where we take the best (highly paid) models all around the world, to exotic locations, filming with a full 4K multi-camera setup and lighting, and professional director, producer and editor(s). Each shoot costs several thousands: - and thats before licencing music, and adding all the fancy transitions and seamless slow-motion features. The web sales portals you mention are very low rent bargain basements, containing homebrew often overtly sexual videos from the public. Glamour and P**n are two different genres, and to mix those up would de-value and hide the WSC videos, while lost in a sea of other distractions.
You might suggest diversity gets the best reward, and I said this to Steve when we first met all those years ago. He slowly convinced me that exclusivity is the only way forward. I pass along links to pirated WSC videos and photos on the internet, and we remove all of it, to retain this exclusivity. The web site is designed to be a maze, with something new around every corner, so people spend time there (a bit like how art galleries are intentionally angular). Steve even had a virtual gallery up at one point many years ago.
Today the money has dried up to nothing, and the business is no longer viable, delivered on any format. Sadly the days of 8 location shoots a year are long over, and with no more shoots, theres no longer term income, and its a decreasing spiral. Steve said he was closing down 10 years ago, and its only thanks to me nagging him to continue, and fan support, that we still have the studio. Frankly Im amazed he keeps going.
Post by FruustratedCustomer on Jun 25, 2019 18:57:23 GMT
OK, I think you are wrong, but in any case: why don't you do both? Keep your glamor show website and then also sell your clip directly on C4S or IWC (where there are a lot of glamor - not porn - shows, and where most serious smoking f****sts spend their money). Can't hurt, right? If anything, you will sell more clips. Many SF producers do that, typically selling their clips there at a slightly increased price to cover for costs.
> where most serious smoking f****sts spend their money
Let's be clear, from what I've seen of C4S sales there is nothing in that for us and as 'image' is always a big part of this, it could actually hurt being on C4S ...also being seen on a site like C4S is likely to have several models decide they don't want to model for us.
A lot of this is actually the opposite of what you think it should be. Such as the most persistent piece of 'advice' I get is to have more (or all) of our old archive of shows available in one big catalog list (and maybe why you are a frustrated customer) but actually I know to do that would be toxic and send us to the same place as every other major smoking show producer over the past 20 years. When you think about big archive or library sites, when was the last time you visited a library? At best you left with one book, which is why libraries are run by local communities, they are not commercially viable busienss.
I know it is annoying when you have one favorite model in mind and a can not get her video shows but my advice is to stop, step outside to smell the air, then come back and try another model who looks good - you'll feel a lot better for doing this and meet someone new.
The real challenge for us is to be broadening our audience to constantly be expanding our viewer base, rather than moving our stall a bit closer to you. We need to be growing a broader audience because we need a heck of a lot more sales to cover the cost of making our shows, than what a typical C4S show costs to make or what we can earn from C4S.
As I have said many times: we have survived for more than 20 years on your support and a lot of good advice and help. Today we are about the only one left producing quality smoking shows. Our websites total about 7 million viewers a year, more than double our YouTube channels. The challenge is getting more of the guys who enjoy our free shows to buy some more, or maybe flipping our business plan and getting a corporate sponsor.
But today there are no easy options for us, so we need all the help we can get more than ever before