SENIORS COPIE -- Feb 27 -- Match.com has around 15 million boomers as regular goers, and the global figure of boomers using an online dating service increased by 350% in six years. There are also eHarmony.com, Lavalife.com and Plentyoffish.com, all of which offer Boomer-friendly s ervices. Match.com has built the largest online dating site in America, and maintained its dominance in recent years in part by aggressively marketing to singles over 50 and divorcees. ~1.7 million of its 15 million members are 45 to 59. (Sun Florida Sun-Sentinel, "More and more boomers turn to online dating services", 02/18/07)
Australian Alexa Rankings for Online Dating and Social Networking as at 2/26/07.
1. MySpace (5)
2. YouTube (7)
3. Bebo (17)
5. LiveJournal (41)
6. Friendster (44)
7. Photobucket (47)
8. Orkut (59)
9. Xanga (73)
10. Hi5 (88)
1. RSVP (34)
2. AdultFriendFinder (66)
3. AdultMatchMaker (69)
4. Red Hot Pie (94)
PRESS RELEASE -- Feb 27 -- Match.com has acquired Netclub in France and edodo China. Match had record revenue of $311 million in 2006 (up 25%). Global market development contributed greatly, most notably in the U.K. and . Match operates 35 country sites in 15 languages. Netclub is the #3 French dating site. According to JupiterResearch, European online dating is expected to grow 30%.
There are 64 million online singles in China.forecasts the online dating category will nearly double in 2007. Social networking site, eDodo has 180,000+ paid members and gains ~3,000 new paid subscribers each day.
Mark Brooks: China offers a lucrative long term opportunity. Acquisition is the sensible way to enter this market. Netclub is #14 in , down from #6 in October 2006. I don't see them in the French Alexa top 100, but I'm sure that will change soon. See OPW left bar.
OPW -- Feb 26th -- Here are the male/female ratios, most popular age range, and proportion of visits from 'regulars' and 'addicts.' Ranking courtesy of Hitwise. Ratios, age range and addiction levels courtesy of Quantcast. '100' represents the 'internet average.'
Male 112, Female 88, age 45-54, 91% of visits from regulars and addicts LINK
2 Yahoo Personals
Male 114, Female 85, age 45-54, 78% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 116, Female 83, age 45-54, 77% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 100, Female 99, age 45-54, 94% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 73, Female 125, age 25-34 and 35-44, 95% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 112, Female 87, age 45-54, 98% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 97, Female 102, age 45-54, 74% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 94, Female 105, age 35-44, 96% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 177, Female 24, age 35-44, 99% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 170, Female 31, age 35-44, 99% regulars and addicts LINK
11 American Singles
Male 120, Female 89, age 45-54, 82% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 171, Female 30, age 35-45, 96% regulars and addicts LINK
13 Hot or Not
Male 122, Female 78, age 18-24, 95% regulars and addicts LINK
14 MSN Match
Male 103, Female 97, age 45-54, 71% regulars and addicts LINK
Male 110, Female 89, age 45-54, 95% regulars and addicts LINK
eHarmony clearly has more guys than girls. Given the raunchy TRUE advertising, one would expect a higher representation of males than the 116 scored here. I think this is because TRUE is using their raunchy advertising in male oriented spots, and also, the edgy ads still manage to attract women. American Singles scored higher with a 120 for males. The gay sites and PlentyofFish have the highest addiction levels. , TRUE, and Mate1 scored a little low for user engagement. All in the 74-78% range. - Mark Brooks
NY TIMES -- Feb 26 -- During the week of Feb. 5, SeniorPeopleMeet, had 81% women, BBW Datefinder 76% and Catholic Match 72%, according to Hitwise. Greg Waldorf, the CEO of eHarmony (69% women visitors) said, "If you asked me would I rather have more women or men, I'd rather have more women. If you have a good healthy population of women, I think men are attracted to that." FULL ARTICLE @ NY TIMES
PR NEWSWIRE -- Feb 26 -- LinkedIn and imeem will leverage the Gomez ExperienceFirst(TM) network to test, monitor, manage and optimize the performance of their web sites worldwide. They join care2, JibJab, Piczo, Snapvine, Tagged and others. The Gomez ExperienceFirst network has 12,000 performance testing locations worldwide.
BUSINESS WIRE -- Feb 1 -- The 11th Technology Conference will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, February 23rd. Speakers include Rob Carter the CIO of FedEx, Al Nugent the CTO of Computer Associates, Frank Abagnale Jr. of 'Catch Me If You Can.' Also, Keith Rabois the VP Business Development of LinkedIn, Markus Frind the CEO & Founder of Plentyoffish.com, and Art Chang, President & Founder, Tipping Point Partners on Web 2.0 technology. FULL ARTICLE @ BUSINESS WIRE
OPW -- Feb 26 -- Chemistry.com has done a great job of reeling in the ladies. Possibly too good a job. Here's an email that was sent to Match.com members today. - Mark Brooks
"We have too many women* and we need your help. We created a marketing campaign to attract as many of the most captivating women to our site as possible. And it worked! Actually, it worked so well that our ratio of women to men is way off. So men, come visit Chemistry.com and see what it's like to have the odds in your favor! *Disclaimer: We know you see a lot of disclaimers at the bottom filled with all kinds of legal mumbojumbo, however, we just want to use this space to reassure you, we really do have too many women and need your help."
MEDIA POST -- Feb 22 -- Intel's New Super Chip promises to be a performance breakthrough of breathtaking proportions and while it's destined for supercomputers, the trickle-down effect to our everyday computing requirements is inevitable...mobile computing. If you can pack enough horsepower into your average mobile device to facilitate things like speech recognition and more robust support for virtual displays, the mobile computing experience becomes much less frustrating. And when that happens, our entire interaction with the Web changes with it.
Mark Brooks: Just think 'Star Trek.' Remember the little mobile pads that listen and talk. The future has already been laid out for us by Star Trek. Now technology has to catch up. Speech recognition and Location Based Services and GPS and iPod'esque personal entertainment will all unify within the next ten years. Apple and Nokia will be at the forefront.
OPW -- Feb 25th -- If you're thinking about doing radio advertising, check out this study. Ad recall was dramatically enhanced in a study (27% vs 6%) when a mix of Radio and Internet ads was used compared to website ads alone. 'Radio ads can also improve website traffic and a brand's emotional bond with consumers when added to Internet exposures.' Radio advertising is hairy ground for most internet dating companies but eHarmony, Match and Cupid.com are making it work. Would I recommend it to the average dating company...no! But for established brand players...radio advertising is worthwhile.
OPW INTERVIEW -- Feb 23, 2007 -- Kathryn Lord is a romance coach and writes for . She has written a book for baby boomer women and a book to help singles expand their social circles by hosting parties. She met her husband on Match in 1997, so she's walked the talk. She knows the ins and outs of online dating and provides great advice to her clients. Here's her story... - Mark Brooks
Kathryn, how did you become a romance coach?
I signed up for Match back in 1997 and met my husband there in 1998. I've been a psychotherapist for almost 30 years and I decided to get training in coaching and settled on romance coaching. I thought that it was something that people really needed. When I was doing online dating, I didn't know anyone who was doing it, nothing had been written about it, and it was pretty scary. So I was convinced that online dating could be better and easier and that I could help. I started in romance coaching in January 2002.
What is a typical client?
I would say my most typical client is a female and over 40. Although I'm having more and more men get in touch with me now, particularly around writing dating profiles. I do profile reviews and work ups for people, and romance coaching. I've worked with people as young as their mid-20's through early 70's. My average client is between 40 and 60 and female.
What kind of income do they have?
I think that one of the difficulties of that population is that the women do not tend to have as high an income as men. Their earnings are around $40,000 on up. I have some clients who are fairly wealthy. But, people want to find a partner so badly that they pull together the money that they need to, to be able to afford my services.
How long does a typical client work with you and what sort of hourly rate do you charge?
Almost all my work is done by phone. I have clients everywhere. My fees start at $75 a half hour and people buy them in packages, usually packages of four, so that's $300 up front. I do profile work ups for $99. When people sign up for four sessions of coaching I will do the profile work up as a part of that first package. Some people I've worked with for as long as a year to a year and a half, but sometimes people just need a little profile work or some help figuring out the mechanics of dating. Mostly clients stay with me 6 to 9 months with some intense work at the beginning tapering off as they get their feet under them. I will keep in contact with folks until they've found their partner.
When your clients first approach you, typically what dating services are they using?
I always recommend the big dating sites. My favorites are Match.com and Yahoo Personals. I usually suggest to folks that they pick one of those two and then if they have some other sub interest like they're looking for someone who is Christian or Jewish or vegetarian, maybe one of the smaller sites. E-Harmony as a third and maybe JDate.
Have you worked with any dating sites?
I think I was the first romance coach that had the experience of marrying through a dating site myself. I have the added experience of 30 years of psychotherapy work and have spent the last 5 years really learning this niche. I've approached Match.com a couple of times, and Yahoo Personals connected with me a year ago. I write for their online magazine.
I have one book already out called, Find a Sweetheart Soon – Your Love Trip Planner For Women which I wrote for those aged 40 to 60. I have another book coming out about how to build a social circle by entertaining.
How can people improve their chances on online dating sites?
I have recommended getting new pictures to every single one of my clients and virtually every single one of them has resisted. I always recommend them to LookBetterOnline.com. I think they do a fabulous job and give a fabulous price. I have a hard time understanding what the resistance is to getting a good picture, but that's the biggest one, bad pictures.
Secondly profile essays are usually poorly written. I did a job for this fellow the other day told him his profile was too sexy. Women understand that sex is part of dating but they don't want to see it in the essay. Men put too much sex in the essays. Women don't want to see that.
Then, the spelling and grammar errors. Frankly. I'm cleaning up their profiles and getting the "I's" out. People talk about themselves too much and they need to ask questions and engage the reader.
What should dating sites do to make their services easier for matchmakers to use?
I would make them all searchable in the same way. As a romance coach, I find it very difficult to go from one site to another and figure out how to find things. I would like to see a uniform platform. It would make it easier for the coaches. Secondly, weed out the scammers. I think that would be reassuring for daters. How do you spot a scam? I'm going to do some writing about that.
DAILY PRESS -- Feb 22 --I'd like to see a law pass endorsing arranged marriages. In the meantime, I'll study the personal ads. I've bookmarked online dating sites like eHarmony and Perfect Match. Singles begin their adventure by filling in a few blanks. This brings them a handful of leads with names like "Goodtime Gertie." To view a more refined assortment, they must fork over some cash. But here's an exception: is free.
SF GATE -- Feb 14 -- A growing trove of Web sites enable search for those who share feelings and fetishes. Tag yourself and friends with keywords at Consumating.com. The site's motto? "A new way to find people who don't suck." Mobile group-messaging services like Twitter and Dodgeball allow people to find each other wherever they happen to be. Check out or the free online dating site . FULL ARTICLE @ SF GATE