On the Newsstand: Baskit seen in DNA #131

(Photo Source: Eyecandy, DNA Magazine)

Australian lifestyle magazine DNA featured a sizzling photo story of fitness model Bo Roberts for issue #131.  Photographed by David Vance.

One of my favorite shots is the one above.  Bo is wearing Baskit’s Ribbed Boxer Brief in Palm Green.

If you want to learn more about DNA Magazine, click here.

For more shots from the editorial, click here.

Look Ma! No Pants!!

Hello all!  I am Charles (you can call me Charly or C)…I will be handling most of the social media aspects of Skiviez, Inc.  With a background in fashion and retail, I hope to bring some fun, excitement, and (of course) eye candy to the blog. BTW, there will be no pics of me without pants. ;)

As always, you will be kept up-to-date on the latest new products, sales, and promotions at Skiviez.  I am open to suggestions on what you would like to see on the site.  Feel free to contact me on Twitter, Facebook, or by e-mail.

Well, my time is up for the day.  There’s lots of things to do as I settle into my new digs.  In the meantime, here a little something to get you through your day.  The following is a clip from the 2010 No Underwear Subway Ride.  This event takes place in NYC every year by Improv Everywhere. The clip is from last year but they did it again a couple of weekends ago.  It looks like fun, but it’s too damn cold for that foolishness.

Enjoy!

2010 No Pants Subway Ride on You Tube

Announcing the $150 Photo Contest Winners

A few months ago, we announced a Win $150 Contest to encourage customers to leave product reviews with customer-submitted images on the Skiviez Web site. No purchase was necessary to enter.

First, everyone at Skiviez would like to thank everyone who participated by leaving a product review with an image or by registering manually.

Second, let’s congratulate our randomly-selected winners!

  • Douglas S., 1st Prize, $150 store credit
  • Joelle T., 2nd Prize, $50 store credit
  • Seth B., 3rd Prize, $25 store credit

These winners have been notified by e-mail and will find the store credit applied automatically during checkout when they shop with their regular Skiviez shopping account.

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and thanks for shopping at Skiviez, the men’s underwear authority!

Kesha We R Who We R Music Video

Check out 2xist Form in this video at 1 min 23 seonds

Videos at Skiviez!

Have you seen our videos? Over the next few months you will start seeing more and more videos for different products offered here at Skiviez. Below are links to the first two videos currently on our web site:

Click to view this video at Skiviez.com

Take a look and let us know what you think. We appreciate any feedback you’re willing to give.

Underwear Ad Flashback – 1957

Check out this ad from 1957!

Win $150 Contest!

Create a review of a product you own, upload up to 3 pictures of yourself wearing it and you could win $150!

3 Chances to win!

We’ll randomly select 1 lucky winner for $150 store credit, a 2nd lucky winner for $50 store credit and a 3rd lucky winner for $25 store credit.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO NOW TO WIN!

Drawing Held: November 15, 2010 Extended to December 1, 2010!

No need to sign any forms or fill out any paperwork, just upload an image for any product you own. The more images you upload the greater your chances are of winning!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. MUST BE 18 TO ENTER & WIN. Void Where Prohibited. Drawing held December 1 at 12 noon Eastern Time. Offer subjected to change without notice. To enter without purchase email customer service at info@skiviez.com or write to Skiviez, Inc. Attention: Photo Contest, 9415 Atlee Commerce Blvd, Suite F, Ashland, VA 23005

Adding your own images to your Skiviez product reviews

Our new Web site includes a feature where customers can upload their own images of the product. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Find your product
  2. Write a review
  3. Sit back and relax

1. Find the product that you wish to review

There are two ways to do this. First, you could navigate to the product in our product catalog, click the “Reviews” tab, and then click the “Write a review” link.

Or, you could sign in to Your Account, click the “Reviews” tab, and then click the “write a detailed review” link next to an item that you’ve purchased.

2. Write your review

You’ll be asked to log into your Skiviez shopping account if you aren’t already. Once logged in, you’ll be whisked to the review page, where you just have to fill in a few fields:

  • Verify your Display Name, which is how your name will appear to others.
  • Select the number of stars for your Rating.
  • Enter the text for your review.
  • Tell us if you thought the sizing of the product was off or not.
  • Select some images from your computer.

Then click “Create Review”! Be patient as your browser uploads the images.

3. Sit back and relax: The finishing touches

If you’re happy with the way your images are, you’re done. You’ll be taken back to a list of all of your reviews where you can see that it will be “Awaiting Moderation.” One of our customer service representatives will give your review the once over in a few hours–this is only to ensure that the images aren’t too naughty–and your review status will the flip to “Published.”

If you’d like to crop or adjust your images, just click the “Edit” button next to your review. You can click and drag in the image area to select a rectangle that denotes the part of the image to keep. Then click “Update Review.”

Second thoughts? You can always delete your reviews via “Your Account.”

That’s it!

This is a new feature, so we’re always looking for feedback as to how it can be improved. Just e-mail your thoughts and suggestions to info@skiviez.com.

We’re excited about the opportunities that the enhanced review system provides for our customers. With your customer-submitted review images, there can be little doubt as to how the product looks in the real world!

Leave your enhanced product review today.

Introducing the new Skiviez Web site

At Skiviez, it’s been a summer of blood, sweat, and tears, but last week we rolled out an updated version of the men’s underwear authority’s Web site. We’ve worked hard to come up with a clean design and feature set that gets out of the way and puts the products that our customers want first. We wanted to make sure that every change was for our customers, not ourselves, so every improvement has had our customers in mind. Here’s a quick overview of what’s new:

WOW! Customer-submitted review images!

Customers have told us again and again that they find the customer-submitted reviews on our Web site to be helpful, especially since Skiviez is renowned for letting our dirty laundry hang out to dry: if a customer submits a 1-star review, we’ll post a 1-star review. It’s a simple as that.

But you wanted more. We heard you. Our customers can upload images of themselves in the products that they’ve purchased, leaving little doubt as to how the product looks in the real world. Images uploaded are subject to moderation, of course–we can’t let you let all of the naughty bits hang out–but we look forward to the opportunity that this feature provides for our burgeoning underwear community at Skiviez.

This is a brand new feature, so if you have an idea as to how it can be improved, give us feedback! Just send an e-mail over to info@skiviez.com, and we’ll consider it for a future release of the Web site. In the meantime, talk to each other by leaving a review. We make it quick and easy via the “Reviews” tab in “Your Account.”

An easier-to-navigate product catalog

Our previous Web site served us well, but it was beginning to show its age. You couldn’t quickly filter by what sizes were in stock, some of the brand pages could get very large, and it was easy to “lose your place” on the page. We heard you.

Now it’s easier than ever to quickly drill down to the products in our catalog that you’d like to see. Want to see just products that have mediums in stock? Just click the “M” link. Want to see only closeout items? Just click the “Closeout” link. In just a few clicks, you can navigate our entire product catalog quickly and easily.

As before, you can sort by a wide variety of metrics, including our top sellers and our highest rated items.

Enhanced product images

As one of our long-time customers put it, “your product search slideshow is annoying.” We heard you.

Some people like to zoom in on images by clicking on them, others like to use a virtual magnifying glass, and still others like to open images in a new browser tab for an even closer look. The new Skiviez Web site now supports all three image browsing methods. Just hover, left-click, or middle-click your way to a closer view of the products that we carry.

A streamlined quick search

Our Web site has supported an advanced quick search in the upper right corner of the screen for some time, but now it’s better than ever. Customers found the arrangement of search results as returned by the previous Web site to be confusing and jumbled. We heard you. We’ve grouped them together to make them easier to understand.

The search is also lightning fast. Know the manufacturer’s number, UPC, or SKU of the item you’re looking for? Just enter it into that search box, and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for faster than you can say “that was fast!” The search box searches brands, styles, lines, products, and even this blog!

A stream-lined checkout process

We’re still not done. Nothing ruins the e-commerce shopping experience like a long, drawn out checkout process. How many pages is it going to be? What are all of my options? I’ve checked out before, why do I have to enter all of my information again? We heard you and made the checkout process faster and easier than ever before.

Everything is contained on a single page, and for returning customers, the checkout process is especially quick because all fields–billing address, shipping address, and your payment method–will be set to your account’s preferred defaults.

We’ve also made improvements that streamline the process for PayPal Express Checkout and Google Checkout customers. With so many ways to pay so quickly, along with our legendary same-day shipping for orders placed before 3 p.m. Eastern, there’s no reason you can’t have your next favorite pair of underwear on its way today!

Improved international address handling

Our foreign customers are no strangers to running across a US-based Web site. It means a hassle-filled checkout process full of “N/A”s, “my country code doesn’t have postal codes”, and “state or province not recognized.” We heard you. Our new Web site now uses customized address validation and formatting for all of the countries that we ship to.

It’s not one of the sexiest features, to be sure, but it shows our everlasting commitment to all of our customers. Our international customers will especially appreciate it: no more confusing error messages about required fields!

One-stop parcel tracking and returns

And when that pair of underwear is on its way, you can track it and all of your other recent orders via Your Account on our Web site. You complained that it was a pain to fumble for the FedEx tracking or USPS delivery confirmation number in your shipment confirmation e-mail. We heard you. With the new Skiviez Web site, we’re truly a one-stop shopping (and shipping!) destination.

In the rare event that you’d like to make a return or exchange, we make it easy to print out a return form via Your Account. No hassle with RMA numbers, no numbers to call, just print it and ship it!

We’re still listening

We still have a ton of exciting features in the pipeline, and we’re always looking for new ideas. Got an idea for a new product or a new Web site feature? Tweet it, e-mail it, or submit it. At Skiviez, you can trust us to listen to our customers–or else we wouldn’t be the men’s underwear authority!

Check out the new Web site right now!

Underwear Ad Flashback 1951

Checkout this old underwear ad from 1951: