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Cupid Gets Approached For Casual Dating Sites
REUTERS - June 20 - Cupid said it has been approached by multiple parties
for its casual dating sites and added that it expects core earnings for the
first half to be hit by higher marketing costs. Cupid was in talks to sell
its casual dating business that operates benaughty.com and flirt.com.
EBIDTA for the six months ending June 30 is estimated to be ~2.5M pounds
Match.com Introduces Offline Game Nights
PR NEWSWIRE - June 20 - Match.com is kicking off a 25 market Stir Game
Night series by partnering with seven board game manufacturers to provide
singles with a combination of icebreakers and party games. These live
events will take place at bars and restaurants in select cities throughout
the summer and fall.
Dating sites need to offer voice services to remain connected with their
users...rather than disinheriting them when they want to speak on the phone
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members and make money from the phone calls. Please email email@example.com
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AYI App Download Up 200%
PR NEWSWIRE - June 19 - AYI, owned by Snap Interactive, reports strong
mobile growth (200% increase) on its iOS and Android platforms. New
subscriber counts also increased by 91% for the iOS platform and by 147%
for the Android platform in May 2013 as compared to April 2013. The
increases are primarily attributable to increased marketing through
Facebook's Mobile App Install Ads. Facebook's Mobile App Install Ads enable
companies to target users on very granular levels including by age, gender,
location, and user's specific interests.
Dallas Singles Dating Service Delivers Duds
NBC5 - June 19 - A former employee of a local, high-priced dating service,
Dallas Singles, said some individuals with a criminal past are allowed to
be members. The owner said in some circumstances members can have a
criminal record. On its website, the company promises to perform "a
thorough background screening including a criminal history check on every
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Parents Using Dating Sites To Find Matches For Their Children
OPPOSING VIEWS - June 17 - Mothers are now signing up for sites like
TheJMom, Duo and Telugu Matrimony that help mothers find their sons and
daughters a significant other. TheJMom.com, a Jewish matchmaking site, has
~5K registered members. A six-month subscription package costs $78. A
Personal Concierge Service costs $199 and includes one-on-one advice and a
profile makeover. Similarly, Duo, a South Korean matchmaking service, helps
parents find matches for their children. The site is not free, with annual
fees starting at $2K.
Speed Dating In Vancouver: 100 dates In 100 minutes
METRO NEWS - June 18 - 200 singles signed up for a massive speed-dating
event in Vancouver this Thursday. Rendezvous Club owner Chris Hall has been
running the annual "100 Dates in 100 Minutes" mega-mixer in Vancouver for
the last five years, and thinks speed dating is a cut above online dating
because it offers something a profile on a screen can't. "It's the first
impression," he says. Rendezvous' regular events are usually more intimate,
with 30 guys and gals chatting for five-minutes each, but this one is
designed to be a matchmaking machine.
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VineaLove: New Dating Site For Wine Lovers
NY DAILY NEWS - June 16 - VineaLove, the brainchild of former wine
journalist Françoise Pauly, officially launched last weekend. The site will
eventually transition into a paid networking site for wine enthusiasts
looking for love or companionship.
DatingWithHerpes.mobi: Mobile Dating Site For People With Herpes
PR WEB - June 14 - DatingWithHerpes.mobi is a newly launched mobile dating
site for people with herpes powered by PositiveSingles.com.
PositiveSingles.com launched in 2002 and is the largest online dating
community for people with herpes, STD and HIV. There are more women than
men registered on the site and most of the members are age 45 to 54 or over
65. The site is dedicated to supporting people with herpes, STD, and HIV.
There are more than 500 STD treatment stories, 800+ STD Q&A, and 800+ STD
care locations posted on the site.
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