Lil’ Ivy has run and produced content for her Clips4sale store “Lil’ Ivy’s Romper Room” for five years now. Unsurprisingly, the thirty-eight-year-old Florida native has seen many changes during her time creating, shooting and starring in niche content presented across the massively popular downloadable clips site. But the more things change, the more they also stay the same — and Ivy has also kept to her winning formula in many ways.
In the competitive marketplace of producing naughty clips, Ivy has certainly learned what works for her specific entrepreneurial needs. She took some time out to speak with YNOT about running a niche store — and some of the mainstream tactics and platforms she utilizes to do so.
YNOT: What kind of videos are we to find on “Lil’ Ivy’s Romper Room”?
Lil’ Ivy: My site is dedicated to age play and diaper fetishes. The videos have regression tones, age play props — toys, stuffed animals, crayons — and it’s usually a happy scene, although there are times when we produce a darker age play scene with disciplinary undertones.
Can we just assume you took your particular proclivities and kinks and created this Clips4Sale store?
Yes, this is my fetish. In my store I just incorporated Age Play for others. How it all started for me on Clips4Sale specifically was that I had friends that had Clips Stores, and I was a popular fixture within the community. I threw up ten videos five years ago —you need at least ten to open a Clips4Sale store—and it has grown from there.
Let’s take FetLife or other “adult” advertising off the menu, how else do would you get the word out for such a niche portal?
Well, first of all, most of us use Google Analytics to track traffic. I began with this five years ago and still use it. I find their reports, which are emailed to me twice a week, are quite accurate in accessing where my hits and purchases come from, as well as the days that most of my stuff is bought…presently Wednesdays and Saturdays are my biggest sales days. These kinds of reports lead me in a direction I might want to take with what I produce in the future as well as how, when and where to market it.
Then there are the internal facets of Clips4Sale that bring me traffic. For instance, if in my description of a clip I happen to use words like “spanking” or “discipline,” even if the clip isn’t exactly or all about these pursuits, those keywords will get picked up in other categories across Clips4Sale and I often see traffic come that way. I have also found that over the years as I lose or gain weight, and subsequently use words to update my physical appearance, like BBW or what have you, this can also get picked up as a keyword. People searching these keywords might find me where they would not have generally come to me.
Also, Clips4Sale runs promotions. For instance, if you put a link to your store on your social media and someone comes to buy from you because of that link, buys via the Clips code, you can make upwards to 75 percent from the sale. The downside to this is not everybody wants a Clips4Sale link on their daily social media site where friends and family stop by.
I also do a lot of content trading, where store owners get together and make a stock pile of clips… then divide them up and upload them into their stores. You keep the profit your specific your store sells and can advertise other stars’ cameos in your store across your social media.
And interviews like this also bring me a ton of traffic…so thank you, in advance.
I have also occasionally given a review of a specific diaper I have worn, and that drives traffic when I mention a brand.
That puts me in mind of things you specifically use in your clips. In the half decade of running “Lil’ Ivy’s Romper Room,” what changes have you weathered in props and product?
I remember years ago when I was first exploring, maybe we had an AOL Chat Room to talk about our fantasies or find one another. The community has become stronger over the years with “mainstreaming” for want of a better word. Ironically though, there then comes the old story of supply and demand. Years ago, I’d just run into the local CVS for a box of adult diapers, now there are companies that specifically make diapers with colors and designs for the adult kink player, which means lots of my audience want to see this product in my video.
And my audiences have become ever more discerning. Rightly so, a person who buys a clip from me only wants to see performers that are into diapering and age play. One can easily tell when a model is not into the kink, just going through the motions.
And then there are the updates in technology I assume you have to keep up with?
Interestingly enough, beyond having to update my camera and Windows Movie Maker, over the last five years I haven’t done so much in that regard. The people who buy my clips tell me again and again that they like the amateur quality of what I produce. They say it makes them feel like they are right there in the room with me.
You also produce custom clips, right? I would imagine that has to be lucrative.
Well, I don’t do too much custom. Sure, it pays well, but you have to consider, if, in the end, if this kind of shoot is worth it. If someone wants a specially scripted scene, right down to the names they want us to call one another and outfits worn, then that will probably end up being a clip I cannot sell to anyone but them — an exclusive clip, which is perfectly fine and what they pay for. But keep in mind, I shoot the clip, go through all of the production and editing and only can use it for the one time, so for the time spent and the fact I can’t use it again, my profit margin is not as high as you’d think.
Then there are those occasions when someone wants a specific scenario, but they do not ask for exclusivity. So, I make a little less on a clip like that up front, but I can put the clip up in my store for general consumption.
And in the end, where do you see this all leading, or are you content to run the store the way you have it presently and just keep doing things the way you have been doing?
I’d like to try to add more exciting scenes. Plots can get stale — you can only do so many “little” scenarios unless you start branching out into medical play, OTK, sexual play and edge play, and that is more just diaper wearing kinks… more hybrid crossover stuff — and add more models.
I am sure I will retire after a few years. I am almost 40. I’ll probably transition into helping others shoot content and give ideas.
Find Lil’ Ivy on Twitter at @Lil__Ivy.