“This is a total virgin science,” Brooks quips with a restrained laugh from his deck in Malta.
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 has been a true difference maker in the industry, playing a key role across each site that has reached a critical mass of users.How have these marketers made a difference and created a service few ever thought they would need?Reports say there are anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000 online dating platforms worldwide, all with their own unique claim or angle to attract users.Pew Research Center reports that while few users were online dating in 2005, 15% of all Americans have used online dating sites or apps at some point as of 2015. Pew also recently reported that the share of 18-to-24-year-olds who use these platforms has nearly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.For some reason, apps are more sharable in online dating.