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About sheffieldlady

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  1. sheffieldlady

    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    I'm under no legal restraints on the information I give away.. both online and stores (they buy old little chefs on a1m and places off motorways). In all honesty - the sex toy market is very very crowded, a lot of online only offerings, a lot of me too products, mostly made in China. That much is true for Ann Summers, Love Honey etc. China makes most of the toys. Not only that - there is no product design or innovation involved on companies, it's very much China greats a new product and people buy exclusivity of it. Ann Summers focus on being on the high street (because they don't sell porn!) and offer parties that type of thing. LoveHoney - online only, lots and lots of cheap products, lots of offers going out via email daily. But, they do offer some unique products and have lots and lots of choice. The company I worked for - try to focus on couples, getting couples through the door, getting couples to shop together online. Difficult, given that a lot of the information that intelligence gives you is that it's often men buying products, women tend to spend more time choosing. But men are buying a lot more - to us on themselves basically. In terms of competing? I'm not sure they're bothered about the other two, you can't get close to them when you're not ready to commit on restricting and a decent spend on Adwords on Google. The key thing is that they continue to grow their sales year-on-year. My job whilst I was there was focused on growing sales online - which I am pleased to say, I did quite well. We had around a 80% growth online last year, mostly through SEO work, Google AdWords, content writing and email offers going out to loyal customers. The main problem I faced was the fact it's a family run business and having people who struggle to understand that for a business to grow you need to commit to the online market place meant that getting the right budget and support was tricky. Bricks and mortar is by no means dead in the water. But people really need to think about their price offering, store layout and experience in store - that is why Ann Summers is going, their price offering is good - always have a sale on. So to answer your question - they didn't compete with either Ann Summers or LoveHoney but ignored what was happening and focused on themselves! It was an interesting job, I enjoyed it a lot. But I didn't enjoy being in a family-run sex shop. It was a tad weird at time and unprofessional. I'm in the camp that everything happens for a reason. I hated my time there because of management - and I think it did me a favour in that I got out. I wouldn't have just quit without another job to go to. I found this temp job which is a bit dull but pays the bills, and could open doors to other roles. I'm also much much happier when I go back home after a day at work and I'm not dreading the next day. I didn't realise how big an impact the crappy environment was having on my mental wellbeing. Things are better now.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    The weather is certainly a positive, it's lovely outside. Plus, you have a lovely view!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    I'm not sure my days at the festival are over - I think I'm just having a moment, I felt the same with the last fellow year. I just realised how much more things I can squeeze into my year! Mr. SheffieldLady is against the idea of not going proclaiming "but it's our thing!" (that and 1000s of others). I think I'm just thinking about the potential of going away again, enjoying another country, and even maybe going to a festival abroad? Of course, I'll likely change my mind come October! We're starting to look into a honeymoon (honestly, I'm not sure what's come over me recently, but I've become obsessed with escaping real life) I think, it's because my 30th is looming. And, I've had quite the terrible time so far - I had a week from hell, my car got wrote off after someone crashed into it (he pulled out, didn't look), my airbags went off, I got out the car and spotted it was a write off and ended up in A&E with a sore back, neck and chest, was advised to spend a week off work, so I did. 2 days into that week off (spent lying on the floor, looking at the ceiling), I got a text from my then boss saying that they've emailed me to end my contract and employment with the company. (As you all know, it was for a sex toy company, not Ann Summers or LoveHoney) I was shocked and hurt and in a bit of a panic about my job situation. I managed to find another temp position, but it's only a temp job. But hey - it pays the bills! To end my week from hell, the boiler broke and I went to Scarborough were a seagull shat on my face!
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    Radiohead Headlining 2017

    Can we see them ever doing a full scale UK tour again though? I have zero hope for that really. But it would be nice to have something before they disappear again!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    It feels weird without Glastonbury to focus on this year, I think it's because I don't miss obsessing over it. But that's likely because I have a holiday instead which has taken all my planning time up. I'm also undecided if I want to go to next years festival - would I regret the decision? Likely! But it would free up cash to go elsewhere!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Just popping my head in to say congratulations to @fatyeti24 and @H.M.V on the review of your place in Executive Magazine! Next time myself and Mr.Sheffieldlady are in the area we may come for a nosy! Hppe everyone is well.
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Been a little quiet around here, without Glastonbury I have no reason to pop my head in. I hope you're all well, enjoying the start of 2018 and have lots of fun things planned during the fellow year!
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    What are you doing instead of Glastonbury this year?

    We're saving the holidays to go on a road trip / get married in the states and throw a big old party in Sheffield. It's the most expensive holiday we've ever gone on, usually we're budget hunters who like camping, hostels, and basics. But we've booked a 19-night trip across the USA, hired a Ford Mustang and thought 'Sod it!" We're off to Arizona (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, outdoor wedding ceremony / elopement in Lake Powell) into Utah for Zion, Bryce Canyon, Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Fran, drive down the Big Sur / HighWay 1, ending in LA and a cheeky trip to Disneyland... Some friends are also getting married Glastonbury weekend this year, so it's worked out well!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hi all, I've pretty much avoided the forum after Glastonbury. Interesting Veg art Gumby!!! Hope we're all well
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    Glasto 2017 from the eyes of a first timer

    Great read thank you for sharing!!
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    NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello strangers! I've avoided the forum post-Glastonbury after I attempted to settle back into normal life. I did get a bit braver this year and came along briefly to the eFests meet. Didn't make anything else - lost track of time! Got washed out on Snowdon at the weekend, never climbed it before, I assure you, the view I got wasn't worth the walk! Rain was so bad that the campsite flooded and we left because it just wasn't very nice, especially given that the flood started to come into the tent!
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    One month on...

    This year I've suffered serious post-Glasto blues. I've avoided all things festival related - and haven't really spoken much about it. I think usually - there's something that wasn't overly great about the festival. Last years festival it was the traffic and mud. This year there was nothing to moan about, everything was perfect. Lovely weather, amazing bands (I love both Radiohead and Foo Fighters) company was great, everyone I spoke to was in high spirits. Can't believe the next one isn't till 2019! I am liking that I'm not worried about getting tickets. I've even avoided the forum so much that the design is different compared to the last time I was here!! I think this year made everyone forget their normal world outside the fence even more, relaxed into the festival and feel happy. I've only been to 6 previous festivals, so wouldn't call myself a hardcore Glastonbury goer but this was my favourite out of them all! It's worked out well. Getting married next year so could do with saving money. Some close friends are getting wed on what would've been, Glastonbury weekend. Almost like fate set that up for us!
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    Arcade Fire

    All purchased. I really don't like Ticketmaster! First gig of next year sorted
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    Arcade Fire

    I know!
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    Arcade Fire

    Got nowhere near. Told me there was no standing tickets available bang on 9am! Hopefully I'll get the livenation pre-sale email!