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Romain David, CEO Of Meexo, The First Mobile Dating Service To Perfect ‘Reverse Social Graph’http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ial-g.html
Match.com New ‘Stir’ Events For Singles
PR WEB - July 30 - This summer Match.com launched a new program they call ‘The Stir,’ local mixers and events that take place in real-time versus the virtual landscape. ‘The Stir’ invites individuals who are part of Match.com’s online database to attend events like a Tequila tasting, a cooking class, bowling or a Happy Hour, all things that a lot of singles are familiar with doing as part of their daily lives. Everyone there is single and looking to meet someone.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ngles.html
More Background Checks For Online Dating Sites
DISCOVERY NEWS - July 29 - Measures being introduced nationwide seek to make dating sites more transparent, and safe. Connecticut, New York, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey are among states that already have laws requiring dating sites to post safety notices. The Illinois State Senate recently passed legislation requiring dating sites to tell their members whether they perform background checks using government databases. Any site in violation gets fined $50K. Match.com started screening for sex offenders. Match was also one of three companies, along with eHarmony and Spark Networks, that announced this spring they would introduce new safeguards against sexual predators, scammers, and identity thieves. That includes weeding out fake profiles.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... sites.html
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Australian Online Dating Market
WLD BLOG - July 27 - Australia is 50 times the size of the UK. Aus is well connected, with 17M online (80% of population) and 18M mobile subscribers. Australia has a mature and developed online dating market with lots of established local dating brands. 62% of Australians are stating that they ‘have used or are considering using online dating sites’. The arrival of new dating sites lead to a +30% YOY rise in dating search queries in Q1 2012. WhiteLabelDating.com claims 1200% YOY revenue and members increase in Australia.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... arket.html
Dating Sites Aim For A Novel Idea: Actual Dates
BUSINESS WEEK - July 27 - HowAboutWe.com is a startup that offers a platform to suggest first dates.The site has arranged ~1M dates and users must purchase a subscription ($70/6months). “We focus on getting you offline to see if there is real chemistry,” says co-founder Brian Schechter. That’s one reason Schechter says he hardly considers HowAboutWe to be an online dating site at all. Getting would-be daters offline is the industry’s No. 1 trend, according to OkCupid co-founder and CEO, Sam Yagan. Online dating sites have become a $1.3 billion industry during the past decade, according to researcher Marketdata Enterprises. But revenue is expected to slow this year, growing just 7.5%, as the market has become saturated with ~1,500 sites.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... dates.html
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Match.com Reports Q2 2012 Revenue
PR NEWSWIRE - July 25 - Q2 2012 Match.com revenue, which is $178.4M, benefited from the contribution of Meetic, which had revenue of $52.7M and was not in the year ago period, and growth from Core. Core revenue increased 12% to $109.5 million driven by a 10% increase in subscribers.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... venue.html
Meetic Results For The 1st Half Of 2012
4TRADERS - July 25 - Meetic's revenue for the 1st half of 2012 is 82M Eur. The number of subscribers decreased 13.2% to 733,158. Net profit for the 1st half of 2012 came to 11.9M Eur giving a net margin of 14.6%, compared to 6.5% for the 1st half of 2011.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -2012.html
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Is Manhunt Selling Your Sexual Orientation?
EDGE - July 25 - Online Buddies, the parent company of Manhunt.net, has launched an ad agency to help digital marketers reach Manhunt users after they’ve logged off. Men visiting Manhunt are automatically tagged as gay. Manhunt is calling its new advertising offshoot Gay Audience. Its website states its purpose: to allow advertisers to reach gay men beyond websites offering gay-related content. The company boasts that an ad agency can reach men when they’re visiting a mainstream website such as Huffington Post using a retargeting technology called "audience extension." The 2012 Berkeley Privacy Census revealed that tracking consumers across the Web is increasing dramatically. Of the 25K most popular websites in the study, almost 90% dropped cookies. Online Buddies CFO Richard Scott said that he considers this type of retargeting fairly standard offering among large websites.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ation.html
Cupid Ties The Knot With French Peer
THE SCOTSMAN - July 24 - Cupid has bought French peer Assistance Genie Logiciel (AGL) from private equity fund Financiere PES for €3.7M (L2.9M). AGL’s 25 staff in Paris run three websites, two of which – Amour.com and SeRencontrer.com – follow traditional models, while the third, Ulla.com, is “somewhat racier”, analysts said. Cupid does not disclose revenue by country but it is estimated that the revenue run-rate in France prior to today’s acquisition was ~€6M.”http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -peer.html
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