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...]

Couples Apps Search For Users & A Purpose

For the last several months I have been looking at the couples app market. I've downloaded scores of apps and have "relationships" with a number of friends in order to evaluate the services. It quickly became apparent that  there are two sorts of apps for couples, mini-Facebooks and therapy apps. The min-Facebook apps (think Path with flirting) offer little more than photo … [Read more...]

Analyst Commentary On Spark Networks

Over the weekend I wrote Investor Thinks Spark Networks Is The Next Netflix. An analyst at Insider Monkey had to say this about the original post. So, I believe there are obvious secular tailwinds benefiting online dating companies. Yet, Tilson’s argument for Spark Networks falls flat based on one of his basic premises. Tilson argues that JDate is an established business … [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 Sign up for the weekly digest of Online Dating Insider ( Follow me at @datinginsider … [Read more...]

Dating Industry Update 1-10-13

Happy 2013 everyone. I took a few weeks off from posting over the holidays, back to a more normal schedule. The dating industry busy season is once again upon us: The media frenzy has begun and the dating industry is preparing for iDate and Online Dating Summit, where I'm excited to give the keynote. Meetic has acquired Massive Media, which owns, which I would … [Read more...]

Singles Gift Ideas, Social Cologne, More Social Dating Startups

Hinge is  Pandora for Dating. Friends of Friends only. Using the Facebook social graph, Hinge completely rethinks online dating. Instead of the "lean-forward" experience of filling out a profile and searching through listings, Hinge provides a "lean-back" experience where users simply rate and answer questions about their friends. Hinge learns their tastes and recommends … [Read more...]

Cue Flying Pigs, AARP Partners With HowAboutWe

Years ago I sat poolside in Miami talking to a few dating site owners. The topic turned to the over-50 baby-boomers and each and every site owner in attendance was salivating at the thought of partnering with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). One after another, everyone had a story about getting stonewalled by AARP despite business development meets, … [Read more...]

Dating Industry News 12-3-12

This is the best newsletter ever written by a dating site, thanks social dating site Hinge. At Business Insider's IGNITION conference in New York last Tuesday, OkCupid cofounder Sam Yagan talked about How OkCupid Uses Data. At the beginning they didn't have a lot of fancy psychologists or researchers on staff to tell them what made for a successful match. So they decided to … [Read more...]