Summer 2014 Dating Industry Update

Hi there, happy summer or winter, depending on where you are at the moment. And why haven't you heard from me in months? Bought a motorcycle Went to Peru with my father for a month on a life-changing journey Met the woman of my dreams (met at a bar of course) Moved into a fantastic new home I'm not entirely sure what's coming next, but one thing I've learned over the … [Read more...]

Dating App Update: Swoon, Catalyst, Closer, Charade Date

There are a bunch of new social/dating apps showing up on my radar. I guess the thing now is how easy it is to create a mobile dating app. Making a compelling one, now that's another story. The marketplace is saturated with apps with little differentiation, which makes it difficult for singles to figure out which one is best for them. Customer acquisition costs through … [Read more...]

Online Dating Industry Update 11-12-13

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 the founder today … [Read more...]

MeetMe Launches Dating App Charm

Social network @MeetMe (formerly MyYearbook, acquired by Latino social networking site Quepasa for $100 Million In Cash And Stock) today launched a standalone dating app called Charm. Like At First Sight, users shoot short looping videos. Videos are swiped for 'yes' or 'no'  (like Tinder). Chat functionality gets unlocked if 2 users like each other. Download in iTunes. It … [Read more...]

At First Sight Dating App Trumps Tinder

Years ago I was talking to people at the Bachelor about partnering with a dating site or creating their own service. Looks like they finally made their move, and boy did they come up with a great idea for a mobile app. This is the best new dating service I've seen in a while, let's check it out. The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, together with the show's creator Mike … [Read more...]

Dating Industry News For May 8, 2013

Massive link-dump and some videos, enjoy. When is HowAboutWe going to do a deal with Foursquare? Check-in, rich location data and a slick recommendation service. SimpleWash will help you purge your Facebook account of content that single people, employers and mom may not approve of. Lulu is the smart girls' app for private recommendations and reviews on guys. How … [Read more...]

Post-Valentine’s Day Wrap-Up

And so another Valentine's Day has come to pass. This year I did around 35 media interviews, actually a pretty light load this year. The sheer number of "relationship experts" who asked about guest-posting was unbelievable, probably around 50 people. 10 things dating sites won’t tell you. What does OKCupid want?: The mission of online-dating CEOs like Sam Yagan of … [Read more...]

Online Dating Summit Recap

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 … [Read more...]

OkCupid Hides User Photos For The Day, Re-Launches Crazy Blind Date

Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid and President of Match, just emailed me to let me know that Crazy Blind Date is baaaaack. Not only that, every single profile photo on OkCupid is blanked out today.  Every one of the ten million photos on OkCupid has been removed from the site; members logging into OkCupid today will have to make their dating decisions based on words and wits … [Read more...]