Pre-Dating Announces Position as World’s Largest Speed Dating Company

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Popular dating trend now considered mainstream dating option for singles.

Pre-Dating Events (http://www.Pre-Dating.com ) today announced its leadership position as the world’s largest speed dating company for single professionals. With only 3 national speed dating services and dozens of smaller, one or two market services, Pre-Dating has emerged as the leader in speed dating which is widely considered the most popular dating trend in the country. Based on the number of metro markets where events are consistently held each month, Pre-Dating holds monthly speed dating events in 65 metro markets with 8 Minute Dating in 52 markets, and HurryDate with 37 markets worldwide. The next largest company conducts regular events in less than 15 markets. A review of all events listed on each company's Web sites were the source of the comparison.

Marketdata, a Tampa, FL, based market research firm, states that "Introduction services" are riding a wave of popularity, fueled by the proliferation of dating-related reality TV shows and estimates the dating services market to be a $1.08 billion business in the U.S. Although online dating makes up a large portion of the dating services market, offline dating options like speed dating and other live events have been rapidly growing in popularity due to their more personalized face-to-face nature.

"Doing offline live events can be challenging and many of the companies that tried starting a speed dating service are now out of business. The fact that Pre-Dating has been able to build an infrastructure of software, processes and event hosts that has scaled so large to handle over 60 distinct markets with events held consistently each month is pretty impressive," says Rich Gosse, Founder of the International Association of Dating Websites.

Pre-Dating’s differentiators include its focus on single professionals, its patent-pending technology to minimize the chances of participants who have attended past events from meeting the same people in future speed dating sessions, 7 day a week telephone customer service, and its offering of specially targeted events to meet a variety of age, ethnicity, religion and interest preferences.

"The selection of upscale venues, our 6-minute dating format, quality of participants and the added flexibility of selecting people as a friend or business connection in addition to possible dating, among many other things really appeals to the busy single professionals that attend our speed dating events," says Elizabeth Floyd, Chief Operations Officer of Pre-Dating.

With its leadership position in the marketplace established, Pre-Dating plans to target new business development opportunities in 2004 and 2005.

ABOUT SPEED DATING

The speed dating concept was originated in 1999 by Jewish Rabbi Yaacov Deyo to facilitate intra-faith marriage among those of the Jewish faith. In the past several years a number of companies have started to offer these fun and efficient events to a wider audience beyond those who are Jewish. Speed dating gives singles a chance to briefly meet and speak with each other before going on an actual date. They talk one-on-one for a short time (such as six minutes) at a local restaurant or bar, before a bell rings to change partners and start the process again. After each "pre-date" participants mark on their Match Sheet whether they would like to exchange contact information or not. In less than 2 hours, on-the-go singles waste no time and get to meet about a dozen new people. The next day they get the results.

ABOUT PRE-DATING EVENTS, LLC

Pre-Dating Events, LLC, is the world’s largest speed dating service, with monthly events in over 67 cities in the US. Founded in South Florida in December of 2001, it is the only national speed dating company that focuses on single professionals. A typical Pre-Dating event consists of 12 men and 12 women meeting for a period of 6 minutes each. Within 24 hours after the event, attendees conveniently receive the results of their pre-dating in email. For less than the cost of an average date, singles pay $34 to attend an event and there is no membership fee.

Customers interested in getting more information or wish to register for a Pre-Dating speed dating event in their city, may visit http://www.Pre-Dating.com or may call Pre-Dating customer service at 1-877-iPreDate (1-877-477-3328).

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