In the last few days, more than a few members have written me to ask if I could use my data analysis skills to help them connect more with their Bagels, rather than always talking about bigger dating trends. Point taken.
So this week, I would like to share a few things I’ve learned over time that have helped me personally improve my own chances of connecting with Bagels. And the surprising thing is – some of them are REALLY easy to do.
1. Have at least 3 photos – your chances of getting LIKED back will increase by 31%.
We analyzed the ideal number of photos and it turns out it’s a minimum of three. Profiles with at least three photos are 31% more likely to result in a LIKE than profiles with just one or two photos. And the key here is to have a DIVERSE set of three photos – a photo with a smile, a photo that shows your full body, a photo where you are playing with a dog, a photo of you outdoors, etc. Don’t use only face shots, all sunglasses shots, etc. Here are mine – dressed up, at a music festival, and traveling – you get the point. Bonus tip – INSTAGRAM your photos!! They look so much nicer.
2. Experiment with your first photo – a clear headshot with a friendly smile works wonders
I don’t have a specific statistic to prove this one but, not surprisingly, your first photo matters A LOT. It doesn’t matter if you have a clear face shot as your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th photo – if your first photo is blurry, from far away, you’re wearing sunglasses, etc. it may (sadly) be a lost cause. Experiment with your 1st photos! I changed my 1st photo from the left one below to right one and for whatever reason it increased my connection rate significantly.
3. Write at least a few words in your “Profile”
The top 10% most LIKED profiles were 35% longer than the bottom 90%. Write at least a few words about who you are and what you’re looking for. I don’t think mine is that great but here is an example, in case it helps.
4. Have your girlfriends GIVE you Bagels
Look familiar? With GIVE, your friends can GIVE you Bagels they think might be a good match for you and vice versa. When your friend GIVES you a Bagel, you are essentially getting another Bagel for free that day! In addition – it turns out your friends are great matchmakers. When your friend GIVE you a Bagel, the probability of you liking the Bagel is a whopping 61%!
5. Get more of your friends to get their single friends on Coffee Meets Bagel!
OK, I know this sounds totally self-serving. But facts are facts. It’s a fact that when matches share at least 1 mutual friend there is 47% more likely chance that that both parties will end up LIKING each other as opposed to when they don’t share any mutual friends. So it really is better for you if your friends and friend’s friends are also using Coffee Meets Bagel.
Happy Bageling everyone!
About Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB): CMB is a free dating service that helps members make meaningful connections. It’s designed for busy singles who want to find something real with little or no effort.