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eHarmony's Top Marketer Departs
MARKETING WEEK - Dec 9 - eHarmony’s top marketer Ottokar Rosenberger has left the dating site, just months after moving from the role of UK country manager to become VP of international. It is not yet known whether Rosenberger’s VP of international role will be directly replaced. Bryn Snelson, country manager, oversees marketing activity in the UK. Rosenberger was responsible for making the company’s marketing more UK-focused and helping launch its mobile propositions in the region.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... parts.html
Cupid PLC : Director Appointment And Broadening Of Exec Team
4TRADERS - Dec 6 - Cupid Plc has appointed Niall Stirling as its CFO. Niall has been working with Cupid since August 2012, leading the Group's five year strategic, financial and operational planning process. The current CFO, Mark Doughty, will remain on the Board and assume the role of Commercial Director, a role that has been created in line with the Group's focus on international expansion. Mark will focus on growing the Group's revenue and profits in Developing Markets. Phil Gripton is also a new Managing Director of Dating Services. Vladimir Levykin the current Head of Operations will assume the new role of Managing Director of Social Discovery.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -team.html
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IAC Says No Plan To Bid For Cupid
REUTERS - Dec 5 - IAC has no plans to bid for Cupid Plc. The response follows market rumors in recent weeks that it could be preparing to make a bid of ~$402.4M.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... cupid.html
eVow Launches Mobile App
DATING SITE SAVVY - Dec 3 - eVow have recently released dating Apps for Android and iPhone. It’s refreshingly different from it’s parent companies App POF. Over 5K people had downloaded the Android App in the past month, compared to ~1M downloads for the POF. Downloads are quickly rising though.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... e-app.html
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Dating Websites Upbeat On India
TIMES OF INDIA - Dec 3 - Growing population of youngsters and changing cultural dynamics are set to boost India's online dating market, with the count of users likely to touch 115M in three years with market size to be $206M. According to group dating site StepOut.com, there are ~6M people who use online dating services in the country. Another online dating site QuackQuack.in, that also began operations last year, expects the online dating industry to see an annual growth rate of 20%.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... india.html
Virtual Online Dating Assistants
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Dec 3 - One New York 'Wall Street Professional' has posted an advertisement for a 'good writer' who has a 'passion for social media' to manage his online dating schedule. The business executive states he is seeking a woman only for the Online Dating/Manager role. He isn't the first to use this dating outsource tactic however. Professional services to outsource online dating do exist. Virtual Dating Assistants employs people to help manage online love lives, and Scott Valdez, its 27-year-old CEO said he started the company after advertising on Craigslist himself. The number of matches, and the nature of the services, depends on the fee paid - which can range from $147 a match to $1,200 a month for the full dating service.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tants.html
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1.2 Million Canadians Used Online Dating Sites
THE VANCOUVER COURIER - Dec 3 - Of the 1.2M, 80% were single while 18% were married. eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and Match.com boast of their high success rate and their ability to predict matches based on compatibility. The idea that online dating is reserved for the desperate, weird and older individuals is being challenged. The highest demographic signing up for online dating is between the ages of 23 to 29.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... sites.html
Zoosk Announces Momentum For Couple Profiles
MARKETWIRE - Dec 4 - Zoosk signups for Couple Profiles has reached 3.3M users in the six months since launching. Today, 15% of new Zoosk signups are registered to use Couple Profiles. Of Couple Profiles users, 50% are married, 40% are in a committed relationship and 10% are engaged. "Finding a significant other is just one stage of a person's romantic life," said Alex Mehr, co-founder and co-CEO, Zoosk. "Six months ago, we introduced a joint profile that allows couples to share their romantic journey with friends and family. Millions of people have already embraced the new feature validating the market need for such an offering."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... files.html
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