Lovehoney: Selling Sexual Wellness in the USA

M.B. Beverland, P. Cankurtaran

Research output: Memorandum/expositionCase noteProfessional


The case examines the strategies of Lovehoney, the UK’s largest seller of sexual wellness products, primarily driven by its own branded product range plus brand licenses such as the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Sexual wellness is not a new category; rather it is the name given to what was the sex toy and sex play market by new entrants keen to distance themselves from historic associations with pornography and a male tone of voice. A number of disruptive brands have entered into this market, leveraging design-driven innovations and branding with a clear feminine tone of voice, focused on appealing to holistic notions of wellness. One of the earliest of these was Lovehoney, a UK-based online retailer based in the historic spa town of Bath. The case focuses on the challenge of entering into the USA, a lucrative market for sexual wellness, but one requiring a different tone of voice to successfully penetrate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Project No.519-0156-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Branding
  • Branding global and local brands
  • Innovation management
  • Market entry
  • Marketing strategy


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