Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Good" Q1 2013 for IAC Personals, will wait and see Q2

"Good" Q1 2013 for IAC Personals, will wait and see Q2
"Match (IAC Personals)
Core, Meetic and Developing revenue increased to USD113.8 million, USD55.0 million and USD20.1 million, respectively, driven by increases in subscribers.
Profits increased due to higher revenue, lower customer acquisition costs as a percentage of revenue and operating expense leverage. Revenue and profits in the prior year period were negatively impacted by the write-off of USD5.2 million of deferred revenue in connection with the Meetic acquisition. "

The IAC's International Operations are really coins. IAC's Personals revenue in Latin America is really coins! (in the range of USD29 million, less than PlentyOfFish)

C level executives are cooking barbecues under the water (selling smoke) and not paying attention to latest research from Academics which could be beneficial for the Online Dating Industry. Wasting precious time with Matchmakers which should be obsolete. 

Actual matching algorithms used by eHarmony, Chemistry, PlentyOfFish and others, even behavioural recommender systems, can not be improved, they need to be discarded NOW.
See also
IAC/InterActive' CEO Discusses Q4 2012 Results - Earnings call Transcript

The unexploited Latin American Market remains enormous!

9+ years old but still valid presentation from the IAC

WorldWide, there are over 5,000 -five thousand- online dating sites
but no one is using the 16PF5 (or similar) to assess personality of its members!
but no one calculates similarity with a quantized pattern comparison method!
but no one can show Compatibility Distribution Curves to each and every of its members!
but no one is scientifically proven!

What comes after Social Networking?
My bet: The Next Big Investment Opportunity on the Internet will be .... Personalization!
Personality Based Recommender Systems and Strict Personality Based Compatibility Matching Engines for serious Online Dating with the normative 16PF5 personality test. The market remains enormous!!

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