Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014

The end of and

According to a recent announcement - Cupic PLC will finally give up the dating business...which is an unexpected piece of news - however understable. The big question is: why not earlier?
Cupic PLC will become a pure investment company and change its name to Castle Street Investments plc
Hopefully they won't invest in dating sites ;-)

Maybe they try to copy Rocket Internet who recenty went on the stock market in Germany - they own a big portfolio of well known websites worldwide - all of them making a loss.

The difference between those 2 companies is probably: one makes revenue, goes to the stock market and then makes losses - the other company makes losses in the first place and then goes to the stock market to collect more money....
Cupid plc
Proposed Disposal of Dating Business
Cupid plc (AIM:CUP), the online dating operator, announces that following a strategic review of the Company's dating business, the Group has conditionally agreed to sell its Traditional Dating Assets to Tradax IP Licensing Limited; Together Networks Holdings Limited; and Together Networks Limited, for a total consideration of £3m.

The Disposal constitutes a fundamental change of business under Rule 15 of the AIM Rules. Accordingly, the Disposal is conditional upon approval of Shareholders at a general meeting to be held on 23 December 2015.

·     Disposal of Traditional Dating Assets for a cash consideration of £3m
·     Payment of a reduced deferred consideration for casual assets has been accelerated with £12.5m to be paid by 15 December 2015
·     Substantial return expected to be available to Shareholders in 2015
·     Company will be reclassified as an Investing Company under the AIM Rules
·     Cash at the end of December 2014 (prior to receipt of Disposal proceeds) expected to be ahead of forecast at £10m
·     Proposed name change to Castle Street Investments plc
·     Irrevocable undertakings to vote in favour of the resolutions granted by 40.53% of the shareholders
·     Cancellation of treasury shares

A circular, explaining the background to and reasons for the Disposal and providing notice of a general meeting (the "Circular"), was posted to Shareholders on 6 December 2014.  Copies of the Circular will also be available on the Company's website (

George Elliott, Chairman of Cupid plc, commented:

"After a number of fundamental changes in the dating market, we instigated a rapid strategic review of the dating business. The Board believe that today's announcement represents the solution which protects the best interests of shareholders, by providing much greater certainty over the Group's cash balances and deferred consideration and removing substantially all costs from the Group.

The Company will effectively become a well capitalised cash shell with approximately £18 million that can be utilised for new opportunities in line with our proposed investing policy or returned to shareholders."

Update from December 28th: Cupid PLC's homepage is not accessible anymore.
In general, a lot of other dating sites profit from this. First, Cupid PLC bought a great part of the dating market - then decided to discontinue some sites they bought - and now finally they stop all dating sites....a few will be sold - but in generall the number of competitors on the dating market has decreased a lot. Dating webmasters now expect a decrease in advertising costs in the online dating field due to less competition and lower prices per click.

Mittwoch, 5. November 2014

German Tinder clone mbrace receives millions of venture capital

 Mbrace receives a 7 figure sum through IBB, Paua and Astutia

Mbrace (, a German Tinder-clone received a 7 figure sum from venture capital firms in order to get going with their tinder-clone. Primarily the money is intended to invest in the product and grow the team.

But why on earth does a vc firm give money to a clone while the original itself has issues and traffic drops after quickly reaching its peak?

At least the 3 founders managed to get the money. The team consists of Ruben Haas (Hitfox), Jan Tillmann (Head of Business Development for AppLift in San Francisco and Lukas Krauter (Head of Business Development for ad2games).

mbrace was founded in 2013 in Berlin.

 Similiar clones to mbrace who also started around this time are "Band with friends" and "Flinx" (also from Berlin but does not look as professional).

Freitag, 26. September 2014

Is dead yet?

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Dienstag, 5. August 2014

Cupic PLC stock keeps on falling, and falling...and falling.

As you can see on:

 Cupic PLC stock keeps on falling, and falling...and falling.....

Currently it is below its issue price in 2010 - and it looks like it has not reached the bottom yet.

If you bought shares in 2011 for almost 250 GBP - you lost 85,4% of your money!!!

In contrast, iIf you bought stocks in 2010, you made 100% so far:

Montag, 4. August 2014

Signup conversion rates for dating sites

What are typical signup conversion rates or dating sites?

Free dating sites - have on average a signup conversion rate of around 3,5% on average.
This means from 100 new visitors, around 3,5% signup on average.

This sometimes also includes pay-sites as they do appear as if they were free.

What are typical free-to-pay conversion rates or dating sites?

The ratio of how many free members will convert to a paying member varies a lot. A good rate would be however something around 7%. It really depends on your website, the campaign, the target group country - and last but not least month / day and even time of the day.

What is really important to know: you can not directly make money on a dating site with an advertising campaign. You need to be patient and wait for a long time until you reach the break-even. On average it can take around 100 days for a member to pay enough fees until you covered the initial signup costs.

Mittwoch, 30. Juli 2014

Dating Factory is handed-over from Caerus AG to Tyche Technologies AG

Some news from Whitelabel dating sites provider "Dating Factory":

Dating Factory business will no longer be run by Caerus AG but a newly formed company called Tyche Technologies AG in Switzerland(Zug).

Tanya Fathers continues as CEO.

This takes into effect from June 1st 2014.

Tyche Technologies AG takes over all rights and obligations out of the  existing contracts.

Why this is happening?

Nobody knows ....

Mittwoch, 18. Juni 2014

Mailchimp and the dating industry. No emails for dating sites?

Mailchimp is a really popular and powerfull mailing list service provider....what is a bit weird however, the do not accept dating sites to send emails to their customers.

If you look at the terms & conditions you find the following:

Some industries have higher-than-normal abuse complaints, which can in turn jeopardize the deliverability of our entire system. Nothing personal, but in order to maintain the highest delivery rates possible for all our customers, we can’t allow businesses that offer these types of services, products, or content:
  • Escort and dating services
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Work from home, make money on online, and lead generation opportunities
  • Online trading, day trading tips, or stock market-related content
  • Gambling services or products
  • Multi-level marketing
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Credit repair and get out of debt opportunities
  • Mortgages and loans
  • Nutritional, herbal, and vitamin supplements
  • Adult novelty items or references
  • List brokers or list rental services

Extremely astonishing: Escort and dating services are mentioned within the same line

Also it is really amazaing that they mention dating services in the same list as Gambling and Pharmaceutical produtcs.

So if you run a dating website - don't use Mailchimp - especially do not make any payments to Mailchimp as your account will be disabled and the money is gone!

Mittwoch, 11. Juni 2014

The brute force dating attack of a "math genius"

On, Kevin Poulson wrote an interesting article about the Mathematician Chris McKinlay, who tried to - and finally found - a date on okcupid.

Unlike the majority of okcupid users, he wrote scripts to harvest the website with user data, then matched the user profiles with his own interests - and contacted them....

He then invited some of the women,  who wrote back, on a date....after a few unsuccessful attempts, he even met a woman he even married (probably by now).

You can read the whole story here:


What I was wondering?


Did OkCupid sue him for financial compensation? Did any of the users report him as their "private" data was illegally copied to another server / pc ? (and might still kick around on a harddisk in his flat)

Or what that a viral marketing idea from OkCupid ?

If so, the viral marketing campaign really went viral - most sites picked up on this story.

Freitag, 21. Februar 2014 / Whitelabeldating in direct competition with its customers proudly feature their first tv spot on their homepage:

Why on earth do they offer an own brand?

Wouldn't it be wiser and more ethical if they just concentrated on providing the platform without running their own sites?

This way, they are in direct competitions with their own customers, driving click prices / advertising costs - and also you get the impression, globalpersonals / whitelabeldating always want to /need to stay one step ahead and might not offer all their own features to other customers.