Welcome California Exotics Director of Marketing, Al Bloom, to the Community Interview!

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Welcome California Exotics Director of Marketing, Al Bloom, to the Community Interview!

Victoria Victoria
Welcome California Exotics Director of Marketing, Al Bloom, to the Community Interview!

Al Bloom has been around the adult industry and back again, from distribution, to owning an adult video company, to working in the toy business with the major founders. In his 40 year career, he has witnessed, firsthand, the beginnings of the sex toy market, and has been a part of its growth. So, where is the business headed now?

From early in his life, Al Bloom was tied to the adult industry. Fresh out of college, Al started out working in adult video distribution then moved onto video production and even owned a few video production companies along the way including the largest film production company of its time, Caballero Home Video. After over two decades on the video side, Al made his way into the toy market; starting with Doc Johnson in the early through late 90’s, then moving onto his current job working as Director of Marketing for California Exotic Novelties. Working in marketing for California Exotics is a busy and exciting job; Al is always thinking about the next new thing.

For 40 years and counting, Al Bloom has been deeply involved in the adult industry and knows full well where it has been. What were the 70’s really like for toys and movies? How did the 80’s change the industry, with both new technology for sex toys and the VHS porn boom? Were the 90’s the biggest turning point for the industry’s growth, or was it more this last decade? And, of course, the obvious question: what’s next for adult toys? With the market so flush now, it’s hard for many to see the big picture, and understand what it took to get here, and most do not have to the perspective of seeing that history firsthand. We are so very excited to have Al Bloom on interview to tell us all about it!

Do you have questions for Al? Go on over to the interview page and ask! This is your time to interview Al! Ask as many questions as you’d like; you can even post about and link to the interview from your blog if you want to. Feel free to share your thoughts!

And there are prizes!

Al will be giving away sweeeeet Cal Exotics prizes for his favorite 3 questions! We’ll be announcing the winners in this thread next week on Friday, August 13th.

The prizes are...

1st Prize: The super powerful and chic Couture Collection Inspire massage wand

2nd Prize: A new twist on the iconic dual stimulator, the Platinum Jack Rabbit

3rd Prize: The travel-friendly little luxury clit vibe, Voila

The interview is open for questions from today (August 3rd) through the end of Monday, August 9th.

Everyone, please join us in a warm welcome to our beloved friend, Al Bloom!
08/03/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Welcome Al!
08/03/2010
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
Welcome to EF, Al!
08/03/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Awesome! I've been hoping he'd do an interview here for a while now!

WELCOME AL!
08/03/2010
Victoria Victoria
I am really excited for this one. Al has been so active in the forums - this will be a great way to just learn more about his life and his vision for the toy industry
08/03/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
Welcome Al
08/03/2010
gone77 gone77
Yay! Welcome, Al! This interview is going to be fabulous, I just know it!
08/03/2010
Victoria Victoria
And, not that I am really surprised, but Al is already answering questions!!! Damn, that was fast! Al rocks, plain and simple.
08/03/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
And, not that I am really surprised, but Al is already answering questions!!! Damn, that was fast! Al rocks, plain and simple.
Ditto!

Welcome Al.
08/03/2010
kck kck
Welcome to EF, Al
08/03/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
Welcome Al! I'm so excited to start asking questions! This is going to be another amazing interview.
08/03/2010
Gary Gary
Welcome Al!
08/03/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Welcome Al! This'll be interesting.
08/03/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Welcome, Al. My Man and I are big fans of Caballero films. We have a tidy collection of everything from John Holmes to Madison and beyond. We're particular fans of what is now called "Vintage" from the 70s and 80s.

Thank you for your hard work.
08/05/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Hi Al, good to see you here!
08/05/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I love Al's responses!
08/07/2010
Apinkjellybean04 Apinkjellybean04
Welcome Al
08/07/2010
NymphetamineKiss NymphetamineKiss
Awesome! I really do love the community interview feature, I think it's a great way to interact directly with the companies that make the toys we love!
08/07/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I love Al's responses!
I agree. It's clear he's put a lot of thought into all of his responses
08/08/2010
Victoria Victoria
LAST CALL for questions! The interview "question submission" period ends in just 3 1/2 hours - so, if you haven't yet, ask Al your questions!

Al will be finishing up by Friday, and we'll announce his 3 winners here in this thread.
08/09/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
I'd just like to thank you Al in advance for an excellent interview! I know you've still got a few more questions to go, but the answers thus far have been well worth the read. Thanks again for taking time out of your day to join us here and satisfy all of our curiosities.
08/10/2010
Victoria Victoria
Al has finished answering a whopping 125 questions! [OMG]

His answers are candid, illuminating, funny, touching, and everything in-between. I REALLY loved this interview!

AND he sent me his winners! He said it was very very hard to choose just 3 winners, and that he based his winners on the questions that made him think and answer at length. Fair enough!

1st Prize: The super powerful and chic Couture Collection Inspire massage wand goes to...LaUr3n

2nd Prize: A new twist on the iconic dual stimulator, the Platinum Jack Rabbit goes to...Kynky Kitty

3rd Prize: The travel-friendly little luxury clit vibe, Voila goes to...JR

Congratulations, y'all! Thank you to everyone who asked questions - you were all crucial to this interview being such a huge event!

And the biggest thanks of all to the best interview sport we could ask for, the man, the legend, Al Bloom!!!!
08/18/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Three cheers for Al!

One of the best interviews I have read/seen/participated in, very enlightening.

Congrats you three.
08/18/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Congrats to the lucky winners!
08/18/2010
Sammi Sammi
Congratulations!
08/18/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
Congrats everyone
08/18/2010
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
Oh wow, this is so cool. Thanks!!! And congrats to the others as well.

I'm having a !
08/18/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
lol I just found out I won. Thanks Al!
09/15/2010
Victoria Victoria
Yep, still chasing winners down
09/15/2010
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