A mere seven years into this adventure, both had combined sales of over M annually. I'm willing to bet you'll see a scenario or two that your website can benefit from.
UPDATE: On February 8, 2008 we sold the companies Regional Help Wanted.com, Job Shop.ca, Cupid.com, Purple Pages.com, and Regional Radio Group to On Target Jobs.com, a subsidiary of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
Over the next 18 months we wove into the fabric of and Cupid.com/Pre-Dating, Inc now holds over 300 speed dating events every month.The conversion and marketing techniques I highlight on this site and in my blog made RHW grow so fast that it was named one of the Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 Fastest Growing Entrepreneurial Companies in the United States.Basically, the marriage between our two companies makes perfect sense and ultimately, the users of will benefit with more options for meeting that special someone than other sites offer." said Vince Gelormine, Founder & CEO of Pre-Dating Events.In addition to the speed dating event business, Cupid also acquired from Pre-Dating its Lock and Key Party business located at It is the Ultimate Ice Breaker Party where 100 to 300 singles attend and the women get locks and men get keys.Since these events are targeted at single professionals, they are held in private areas within upscale venues.
As people arrive, they are greeted by a host, and then mix and mingle with early attendees before the speed dating begins.
During the speed dating, attendees meet other local singles within their age range in a series of face-to-face six minute 'predates.' As they meet and talk, each individual notes the people they would like to meet again on a match sheet.
Hosts collect the confidential sheets and notify attendees of their 'mutual matches' within 24 hours.
"This is a landmark acquisition in the world of online dating," said President Eric P. "We're building a bridge between the online world and the off-line physical world to unite local singles more successfully than any other dating service." "We searched for the perfect singles event. " commented Noelle Schmidt, Cupid.com's VP Operations.
"We were very impressed with Pre-Dating's event format, vast network of local event coordinators and the caliber of their personnel." "Although we have been approached in the past by potential suitors, what made this opportunity so exciting was Cupid.com's vision for the future of dating, unparalleled network of radio station partnerships, large database of online daters and understanding of the events business and how it differs from a pure online dating business.
Looking to go after the personals market, we launched