THE MOTLEY FOOL - Aug 25 - It's been a pretty rough 2017 for The Meet Group's shareholders, as the stock's year-to-date decline approaches 30%. The problem is Meet's rising operating costs, which increased 62% YOY. The largest component included sales and marketing expenses, which skyrocketed 121% during the period. Meet's share price is likely to remain volatile. The bigger long-term issue is that the company is trying to carve out its niche in a crowded space - and it lacks any unique competitive advantages to fend off the competition.