According to Brooks, Tinder’s explosive popularity changed the face of internet dating with its launch in 2012.The app grew from college campuses, Brooks says, as the company used a marketing program to entice “campus connectors” (or the “popular kids,” as he deemed them) to spread the word. “It’s such a hotbed on campuses that you can get these things to take off on campus with the right story and the right product. It’s one of the few dating apps that’s truly sharable.While some online dating platforms fit neatly into niches, others cast a wide net for the hearts of every single person in America.Take Tinder, the wildly popular dating app in which users “swipe right” to note interest in someone, or “swipe left” to reject them.This makes sense, as Global Web Index has reported that 74% of location-based dating app users, as of the 4th quarter of 2014, were in urban areas. Happn says it is adding 1.5 million users each month across the world (150,000 to 175,000 in the U.S.), with an expectation of 30 million total users worldwide by the end of 2016. Just ask Mark Brooks, who has worked in and around the industry for two decades. It's estimated that 15% of Americans have used dating websites or apps, with numbers expected to rise in the next many years. Marketers have played a huge role in helping this industry grow from simple online personals to complex platforms with millions of users. New innovations and a growing user base now give marketers more data than ever to play with in online dating. No website has found the magic method of creating a love connection.
The stigma of meeting your soulmate through a website is dwindling by the day, experts say, especially for millennials and Generation Z.Marketing minds from multiple online dating platforms, some old and some new, weigh in on how they plan to thrive with a fickle and ever-changing demographic.In 2000, Grant Langston was asked to be a copywriter for a new startup website. He hesitated before taking it; the job was in Pasadena and he was pretty comfortable at home in Los Angeles.Then, in 2003, the company started airing its first radio ads.The ads featured real couples talking about how they met on e Harmony.