Internet Dating Agencies – Go Free or Die
nternet Dating Agencies – Go Free or Die
So called international marriage brokers are hanging onto an out of date business model which ignores technology, keeps men and women away from each other, and subjects their businesses and owners to the evil sanctions of IMBRA. Mail order bride catalogs are over. Get over it. Money will be made after clients have established an initial connection, not prior to.
8 Reasons Why Online Dating Sites Should Live Free
1. Free Internet
Free has always been the foundation of the Internet. Free content has been the coin of the realm from the start. As Net access becomes cheaper and accessible to more people worldwide, if you do not provide an easy and free way for men and women to connect, they will turn to social media like Facebook (many already have). A free online singles service provides value and trust before it asks for money for upgraded services.
2. Value is in the Network/List
Time and again, the worth of an online company is found in the network, list, and profiles. Any money made by selling addresses is chump change in comparison to the marketing possibilities to members.
3. Subscriber Demographics
Nothing is more helpful to advertisers than information about probable buyers. Dating profiles are an ideal tool – users voluntarily give up mailing addresses, email addresses, age, marital status, income level, whether or not they have or want children, and more. Your list can be sold over and over to marketers who can target the right individuals for their products and services. Since it’s free, and if you divulge that you will share their profile information with selected merchants, most members will realize that you need to make money to provide a free service.
4. Create a Niche Social Networking Site
Maintaining a server and databases requires expensive labor and equipment. AnastasiaDate alone has over 240 employees in the U.S. and Russia. I fully expect nimble international dating agencies to come in and use low cost social networking platforms like Ning to take business and put the large agencies on notice. A free social network also frees dating site members from the evils of IMBRA.
5. No IMBRA Issues
The “International Marriage Broker Regulation Act”, or IMBRA, proves that good intentions make terrible law. Or more like evil control over the human rights of individuals to meet and get married with whoever they want. In short, IMBRA prevents American men from filing K-1 fiancee visa petitions for foreign women if their marital and criminal backgrounds were not provided to the woman before initial contact, and she has granted written approval to receive the first letter, email, or phone call.
Hypothetically, adult men who pay for the international singles service to introduce them to stunning matches have a “power” advantage greater than the bride abroad who joins free of charge, which can supposedly lead to exploitation. The law is so dishonest on so many levels, I will save a in depth examination for a later editorial.
Big online dating services like Match.com and eHarmony fought hard to be exempt from IMBRA, as did non-profit organizations. If your IMB goes free of charge, you can disregard the background checks for American members except when you provide international socials that could be attended by hundreds of women who have no prior contact with the American customer.
Postal mail is a leftover of a long-gone era. Even in poor countries, women who are desperately in search of a Western spouse will unearth a means to set up a free electronic mail account on Gmail or Hotmail or whatever. It might be via a friend, Internet cafe, smartphone, or work. If she is too poor or too unconnected to have email, she is not prepared for prime time international dating.
Traditional international online singles services control communication to get compensated. You can’t exchange emails or conduct video chat without paying monthly or by the service. Pricey, and you don’t know until after you pay whether or not you have any chemistry with the woman abroad. Power and control has to shift back to the dating individuals.
Times are tough. Freedom means free to pursue the woman of your desires. I am more apt to go to the agency for assistance with travel and tours and translation if I find a woman with the right stuff and chemistry. Global marriage agencies need to concentrate on the expensive services, not just nickeling and diming for every email.
In the Internet age, mail order bride catalogs are passé, and free flirting on the web is in. International dating sites need to use low cost tools like Ning to construct their niche social networks and create profits that go way past selling addresses.
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