If there were Academy Awards given for the best Internet dating sites, it would be at the annual Internet Dating Conference, held in Miami Beach, Florida on January 23 -30, 2012.
This year, you can vote for your favorite online dating site, favorite mobile dating app and more. The last day to vote is January 4, 2012, so grab your iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and log onto InternetDatingConference.com to cast your vote.
This year, iDate will include a special post-conference cruise to the Bahamas.
Winners of the iDate Awards will be announced at the 9th Annual iDate Super Conference on January 24, 2012. Cyber-Dating Expert is proud to be a media sponsor of the iDate 2012 Conference. We’ll be reporting on the latest dating trends and will keep you posted on the latest developments.
It was a pleasure attending the 8th Annual Internet Dating Conference in Miami again, where I had the honor to speak on Web Dating 2.0: Using Social Media to Create Brand Loyalty on January 20, 2011.
Several hundred people attended the session on day 2 of the 3-day conference.
In my presentation, I shared the exciting news that both Zoosk Mobile and SpeedDate Mobile apps have each had more than 2 million downloads. OkCupid’s mobile app has over 1 million mobile users. eHarmony says their mobile apps account for approximately 20% of global site visits. Consumers now look at eHarmony profiles more than 16,000 times per hour while using mobile devices. Their mobile app was launched in August, 2009 in conjunction with their 10th anniversary. Match says mobile users are twice as engaged as those who log onto the site on their desktop, so we are definitely going mobile.
We learned from Online Personals Watch Publisher Mark Brooks that online dating hit a record high in December 2010 with 116 million members worldwide visiting online dating sites. Over 20 million visits were from U.S. members. The folks from Google shared that 35 hours of video content is uploaded on YouTube every minute of the day. Online dating is a 1.3 billion dollar industry now according to Jupiter Research.
One of the highlights of the conference was the 2nd annual iDate Awards. This year OkCupid won 4 iDate Awards including Best Dating Site, Best Dating Site Design, Most Innovative Company, and Best Up and Coming Dating Site. Congratulations to OkCupid for winning in every category that they were nominated in and matching the number of Golden Globe Awards received as The Social Network film. My friend Julie Ferman won the Best Matchmaker Award for the second year in a row and it was certainly well deserved.
It was terrific spending time with Sherri Langburt from Single Edition, Ravit Abelman from Omnidate, Julie Ferman from Cupid’s Coach, and eLove’s Paul Falzone while catching up with Sam Yagan from OkCupid and Kate Billenki from Plenty of Fish. All have been featured guests on Ask the Cyber-Dating Expert Radio Show. Dating blogger Simone Grant came to iDate for her first time and we brainstormed about dating, blogging, and social media.
The Final Debate
The conference ended with the Final Panel Debate curated by Marc Lesnick, Conference Organizer and included Mark McMaster from Google, Mark Brooks from Online Personals Watch, Michael McQuown from Thunder Road, Jonathan Crutchley from Manhunt, Mark Harrison from Dating Factory, Joel Simkhal from Grindr, Markus Frind from Plenty of Fish, Sam Yagan from OkCupid, Ty from Elite Global Dating and Dan Winchester from FreeDating.co.uk. At the end of the annual end of conference panel, the majority of the panelists felt that online dating would continue to grow in 2011.
Free Versus Paid
The hot topic this year was Free versus Paid online dating sites. Free sites have been rising in popularity and have made a small dent in the paid online dating services. Compared to the cost of high-end matchmakers, paid online dating sites are still a bargain.
To view my presentation, visit SocialMediaMore.com/idate
Once again I had the pleasure of attending the Internet Dating Conference which was held in Miami Beach last week.
The highlight this year was the first-annual iDate Awards where both industry leaders and the public had the opportunity to vote on their favorite online dating sites.
At the black-tie event, the industry winners were announced which included:
- Best Dating Site - Match.com
- Best Up and Coming Site - Zoosk.com
- Most Innovative Company - OkCupid
- Best Marketing Campaign - eHarmony.com
- Best Dating Site Design - Match.com
- Best Mobile Dating Site - Zoosk.com
- Best Matchmaker – Julie Ferman, CupidsCoach.com
- Best New Technology - Iovation.com
- Best Payment System - Paypal.com
- Best Affiliate Program - Friendfinder.com
- Best Dating Software Provider - WhiteLabelDating.com
The next iDate conference will be held on June 17-18, 2010 in Miami Beach. I’m secretly hoping that CyberDatingExpert.com gets nominated for an honorable mention.
Julie Spira is known worldwide as The Cyber-Dating Expert. She is the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. Visit her atCyberDatingExpert.com
Join Cyber-Dating Expert Julie Spira on Saturday, January 23, 2010 as she welcomes Michael Lombard, CEO of Lovetropolis to Ask the Cyber-Dating Expert Radio Show.
Lovetropolis.com modernizes online dating by providing instant messaging, virtual flirts, interactive chat, live webcam dating, personality matching, audio/video profiles, horoscopes & lovescopes.
We’ll hear about their expert features including Chef Jay’s recipes, dating and relationship advice and a savvy online magazine provide fun hints that will augment romance, dating and relationship skills.
Lovetropolis.com has been reviewed as “The Next Great Dating Service” by Robert Lee from AloveLinksPlus. The site was just nominated as a finalist in five categories for the 2010 iDate ( Internet dating) Awards scheduled for January 28, 2010.
Learn more about this new Internet dating site and about dating, love, and romance in a Web 2.0 World.