PR NEWSWIRE -- Feb 1 -- Spark Networks acquired HurryDate, a leading online personals and singles events company. "Adding HurryDate to the Spark family is another step towards expanding our offline presence and solidifies our position as the only leading online personals provider to effectively 'marry' the online and offline dating worlds," stated Greg Liberman, Spark Networks' President and COO. "We are focused on smoothing the process of introduction by making it easier for singles to meet and get to know one another whether online or offline." HurryDate parties held 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
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Mark Brooks: I helped Cupid buy PreDating.com in 2004. Now Spark has bought Hurrydate. Who will buy 8 Minute Dating? The press are no longer covering speed dating and they are having a hard time driving traffic from PPC, CPM and CPA marketing because of all the competition from dating sites which generally convert better. Traffic is significantly down to both these services. Alexa shows them peaking in, and Quantcast shows them at a couple thousand uniques a week now.