Offline dating is whereby a website administrator interacts with members when they request through a secure and private online application.
The application can have a setting that allows the administrator to manually approve or reject each application.
That way, if the admins feel that the member doesn't meet the criteria of what the other offline dating members are looking for, they will be denied access and notified via email. Offline dating can build a private community based on your mission statement and be more selective.
This can result in more specific searches and a higher percentage of matches with fewer members. Online dating means there are no admins interacting with members when they apply. Anyone can complete an application and become a member.
Online dating is an open community and using algorithms you search for your partner. This can result in less targeted searches and a lower percentage of matches with a higher number of members.
The advantages of offline dating are that you can meet a member in person at an event in your city. Offline dating companies usually host mixers in different cities for their members and many mixers don't charge a fee to attend.
There is a cash bar and members are encouraged to purchase a drink that the venue keeps. This arrangement allows the offline dating company to host free mixers.
The member doesn't pay to attend, the offline dating company doesn't pay for the space to host the mixer, and the venue makes money from the cash bar. The advantages of online dating are that members are not rejected by live mixers.
They initially contact each other and establish a virtual relationship that may or may not lead to an in-person meeting. The goal is to meet offline and after a period of time establishing a virtual relationship, a level of comfort and trust is established.
This can make the first live meeting less stressful. The costs of offline appointments can be higher because attending some events can cost more. Some events are free, such as attending a 2-hour cash bar event at a restaurant.
Some events, such as a destination trip, ski trip, or cruise, will cost more. The costs of online appointments are lower because you know what your monthly charge is and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
Technology with offline dating companies is a combination of algorithms and human interaction. When a member registers and is approved, their profiles are uploaded to the system and are not visible to other approved members.
Only website administrators can access members' profiles and invite them to events, send updates on new events, and offer dates for a fee. If a member wants to search the offline dating sites database, only the admin can perform this function for them.
When a search is performed on behalf of a member interested in finding matches, the system generates appropriate matches based on algorithms defined by the administrator, typically 70% compatibility or better.
Once these appropriate matches are generated, the admin can send a photo and biography for the member interested in seeing the dates, just by clicking a few buttons.
No other member information is sent. The member requesting dates then selects a handful of members they would like to date with and emails the admin.
The admin then sends that handful of members a photo and bio. No other information is visible. Finally, when one of those few members responds that he would go on a date with the member requesting a date, the date is ready to be completed.
To complete the transaction, the manager sends a secure electronic invoice for $ 25 and once paid, the manager sends the contact information of one of those members who is waiting to be contacted for an appointment.
This is a technology-driven, 5-step process with the push of a few buttons that can take less than 15 minutes per date.
The process with offline dating companies is simply to set a guaranteed date, in which both members have seen photos and bios and both have agreed to date. This can ease the anxiety of making an appointment and save time. The technology with online dating companies is very simple and straightforward.
Members apply online, upload their information, pay a subscription fee, and can search and contact other members while the system produces matches based on algorithms set by the administrator.
The advantage is that members can view hundreds of profiles and contact hundreds of members, all by paying a monthly subscription without the help of an administrator.
The challenge arises when a member is interested and contacts another member, that member might not respond. The time and effort spent developing the search and contacting other members may not result in dates.
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