Archive for September, 2011

Introducing VB PlayDates

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Hey guys,



We’ve just launched a new site called VB PlayDates, and we’d love to get your feedback.



What is VB PlayDates?



VB PlayDates is a cams site where you can play games with girls.



You can play casual games, like checkers or pool. You can also share in adult activities, like watching porn together.



VB PlayDates is powered by a partner company called StripVille. We’ve worked to integrate our billing systems (just like with the existing VBCams site), so you don’t have to enter your credit card again.



Why did you create this site?



Adult social interaction is a growing space. You get a powerful thrill chatting with a real girl that non-interactive videos just can’t deliver.



But we didn’t want to just create another cam site. We wanted to create something new.



On most cam sites, you’re talking to girls in Eastern Europe or the Philippines, so language differences limit your interaction. Also, it’s unnatural to jump into a conversation with someone you’ve never met.



With VB PlayDates, most of the girls are American, and you can just play games with them, and allow a rapport to build organically.



That’s the idea, but it’s totally new and we’d love feedback.



What kind of feedback do you want?



At a basic level, what do you think of the site? Are you running into bugs? Usability issues? Did you like watching porn with the girls? How about the games?



At a deeper level, what do you think of the concept? What kind of adult social interaction would interest you?

Try VB PlayDates

Thanks,



- Josh

New Improvements to VB3

Hey guys,



We just launched several improvements to VB3.



The biggest change is searching now fills in options as you type



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Other changes include:

  • You can remove items from your stash in the same window you add them.
  • Link to “scenes from your favorite stars” off the home page.
  • Link to “recently viewed scenes” off the home page.
  • You can now start playing the scene at time 0 when hovering over the thumbnail on the browse page.
  • The info pop up when you hover over a thumbnail includes buttons to play, download, and stash directly from the browse page.
  • We added a “play entire movie” button on the DVD pages.
  • Various performance enhancements.



Please let me know if you’re seeing any bugs. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy these changes.



- Josh

Flow Mode your Stars

There’s been a lot of talk about VB2 features missing in VB3 (and we’re bringing many of those back), so I wanted to share one of my new favorite ways of watching porn that’s only available on VB3.



If you add a bunch of stars to your favorites, you can watch all their scenes (sliced up into random moments) in flow mode. Here’s how you do it:



1) Go to the star page of your favorite stars, and add to stash:



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2) Repeat step 1 for all your stars. I’ve got 58 stars in my list.



3) Go to your star stash folder, and click “watch in flow mode”:



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Sit back and enjoy :)


Those 58 stars are in almost 4000 scenes, so this technique gives you lots of porn tailored to your taste.

A Week after VB3’s Launch

I’d like to share some numbers, thoughts, and next steps that have emerged since launching VB3 last week.


Numbers



Conversion Rate



VB3 has improved our conversion rate of visitors to members by over 30%, and our cancellations have held steady. This is a dramatic improvement.



Before the launch of VB3, we were shrinking. Now, we are growing again.



Site Usage



Roughly 15% of our customers continue to use VB2 (i.e., they explicitly click “back to old site”).


Thoughts



We Have a Passionate Community



I started this company in 2002, and I’ve always strived to treat customers as I wanted to be treated. My goal was to create the world’s best site, one that people were happy to join.



When we launched VB3, we received a lot of negative feedback. I took this feedback – much of it from our most loyal customers – very personally.



There was a lot of internal debate on how to interpret all the messages we were receiving from our members. On one hand, we were getting more negative than positive feedback. On the other, the total number of people who complained was less than 1% of our members.



You Can’t Please Everyone



We have tens of thousands of members, and their tastes vary. There were also internal team dynamics and interests of content partners to consider.



What we ended up doing was spending the last few months ironing out the quirks in VB3, and making the site work more like VB2. The new site works pretty much like the old one. We considered doing a comprehensive redesign, but no one wanted to go through another 6-12 months of development time.


Next Steps



Continue to Improve VB3



Now that we’re past the painful hurdle of launching the new site, we’re going to keep improving it. In two weeks, you should see:

  • Big changes to how search works.
  • Fixes to the stash, such as the ability to add and remove items easily.
  • Various performance improvements.



And looking beyond the next two weeks, expect to see a mobile / iPad optimized site.



Keep VB2 Around



We will continue to maintain VB2 for a while, at least until usage drops to single digit percentages.



Thanks,
Josh