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BizReport : Advertising archives : February 17, 2009

Online dating pulls in more ads

As more and more consumers turn to online dating services to find their perfect match advertisers are logging on to perfect their ad campaigns. According to research from Nielsen Online more advertisers are turning to dating websites to find a larger consumer base.

by Kristina Knight

According to the report online dating sites have seen ad spend increases of more than 65% since 2003; that increase is in line with the increase in traffic dating sites have seen in the same time period. However, because much of the online spend is spent on paid search or sponsored links, it isn't indicative of the online space as a whole.

Nielsen researchers found that in August of 2008, just about the same time as the financial crisis became kitchen table fodder, the dating spend spiked to $25,000, the highest it has even been. The closest month by spend was February 2006 when advertisers spent just under $25,000.

Which sites are seeing the bulk of the ad influx? The same sites that are drawing in the most consumers: and Although the online spend is still behind the television spend for most dating sites, online efforts are increasing. Cable TV pulled in just over $130 million in total ad spending while the Internet ranked second with just over $127 million total spending.

Tags: Nielsen, online advertising, online dating websites

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