Online Dating Industry Update 11-12-13

David Evans Dating Industry Finance, Dating Research, Dating Site Features, Dating Sites & Startups, Matchmaking, Mobile Dating

Match.com is now making $200M a quarter. In the not-too-distant future it’s going to be a billion dollar a year company. More at IAC. Now this is interesting, eHarmony gets into matchmaking at $5,000 a pop. Acquaintable has been acquired by LikeBright. Congrats to Nick and the LB team. There’s a great new dating industry blog to check out. Talked to …

HowAboutWe Adds SpeedDate and DateMap

David Evans Dating Industry Finance, Dating Site Features

I’ve always loved the design and marketing of HowAboutWe, although in terms of profiles, search and being effective, it’s always fell a bit short for me compared to the top dating sites in terms of payoff for time spent on the site. While their unique offering has been copied by Match and other sites, I’ve not felt a strong sense that …

OkCupid Launches Promote Me Feature

David Evans Dating Site Features

OkCupid has launched paid exposure functionality. After Badoo and other sites started banking serious cash based on features such as paid exposure, it’s no wonder that more dating-centric sites are getting into the game. Match and many other sites have offered  things like colored borders around VIP profiles, but in the past those were often viewed as desperate measures, brining …

POF Cleans Up Its Act

David Evans Dating Safety, Dating Site Features

When I logged into POF today I saw two interesting messages. TL;DR (too long, didn’t read): POF is blocking hookups based on age difference and message wording, resulting in immediate bans, Intimate Encounters going away, 17% of the time we can pick the exact person you will end up dating, 70% of POF use is via a mobile phone. Markus says, “Unfortunately about …

Online Dating Summit Recap

David Evans Dating Conferences & Events, Dating Industry Finance, Dating Markets, Dating Research, Dating Safety, Dating Site Features, Mobile Dating, Online Dating Industry, Online Dating Innovation, Social: Dating & Networking, Uncategorized

It was great to see everyone at Online Dating Summit in Miami! Met a lot of readers from EU and AU as well as key players at top US dating sites. Many people were fried after Affiliate Summit in Vegas. My keynote presentation is at http://slidesha.re/WUcGU5 Sign up for the weekly digest of Online Dating Insider (http://onlinedatingpost.com) Follow me at @datinginsider …

Online Dating Industry News For 11-19-12

David Evans Dating Industry Finance, Dating Markets, Dating Site Features, Dating Site Technology

Two great great dating site videos. “There’s something you should know about Jen, she voted for Dennis Kucinich”, Ha! Great marketing piece to pander, I mean cater, to liberals and conservatives. Political affiliation-based dating sites are definitely a niche, but given the divisiveness in the US, this is a great idea with a huge market. Quick, go register texassecessiondating.com. Love the clean look of …

OkCupid Launches People Discovery Service Tallygram

David Evans Dating Site Features, Dating Sites & Startups, Profiles & Matching, Social: Dating & Networking

The well-funded geek squad at OkCupid Labs in NYC are entering the social discovery market with the launch of Tallygram. With Tallygram, we’re utilizing the Facebook social graph, and our experiences with developing the world’s best and free online dating site, OkCupid, to explore and discover new relationships. As someone who follows the social discovery space closely, I spend a lot …

Match Adds You Might Like, HotorNot-Style Photo Browsing

David Evans Dating Site Features

Match has implemented a HotorNot-style browsing feature on member homepages called You Might Like. It’s a simple feature, the two options are Skip and Save. Skip I get, but why Save? People’s Saved Favorites list is where great matches go to die. Why not provide the ability to message someone immediately? If Match is going to throw photos in front of …

Website Testing Leads to $Millions

David Evans Dating Site Features

Its common knowledge that website testing can bring in double-digit revenue increases, so why do so many dating sites stick with the same design and layout year after year? My mantra with clients is test, test, test. We learned this from companies like Google, which performed something like 7,000 tests on it’s website last year alone. Google is famous for internal …