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.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.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.
You wouldn’t generally talk about Match, but on Tinder, you’d just show it around and talk about the experience.” How do these dating platforms grow?Those who both swipe right on each other can begin a message conversation.Tinder is the game-changer, as it has severely reduced the stigma of online dating with its ease of use and gamification, many professionals agree.Even the boomers are getting in on the action, with online dating user share doubling from 6% in 2013 to 12% today.The stigma of meeting your soulmate through a website is dwindling by the day, experts say, especially for millennials and Generation Z.Marketing has been a true difference maker in the industry, playing a key role across each site that has reached a critical mass of users.