Home / Companies / News /  Matrimonial sites devise ways to beat dating apps

BENGALURU : Matrimonial platforms such as Matrimony.com Ltd, People Group’s Shaadi.com and Info Edge unit Jeevansathi.com are adding conversational features, video chats and expanding to newer markets to diversify and attract a young Indian population amid a covid-induced spurt in online dating.

While dating platforms have been in India for at least seven years, covid accelerated the habits of younger people to use dating apps for finding partners.

You might also like

Jio will eye 5G enterprise business, not only consumer 

Zee to shut channel to allay CCI concerns over Sony deal

How tokenization will change your online purchase 

Matrimonial sites devise ways to beat dating apps

Currently, of the around 800-crore online matchmaking market in India, matrimonial websites have a dominant share of around 70% with the rest 30% belonging to dating platforms, which has, however, doubled since March 2021, said Able Joseph, founder and chief executive, Aisle, a dating platform run by Aisle Network Pvt. Ltd, in which Jeevansathi’s parent Info Edge took a 79.22% stake earlier this year.

Aisle, which considers itself India’s third-largest dating app behind Tinder and Bumble, has gained more traction for its four vernacular apps launched for south Indian users. Some of the other active dating apps —Tinder, Bumble, TrulyMadly and Happn—declined to comment. The three dominant matrimonial platforms, however, don’t consider the growing popularity as a major threat.

“We don’t see dating websites as serious competition. It (the space) has a limited audience and targets different age-group. And they have been in the market for around a decade but none of them have crossed even a million dollar growth…Matrimonial platforms allow users for more serious relationships that lead to marriage," said Murugavel Janakiraman, chairman and managing director, Matrimony.com.

The company, which has rebounded to double-digit growth from a weak performance during covid, is starting newer verticals including vernacular matrimony, Muslim Matrimony and Rainbow love for the LGBTQ community. It is also setting up regional and profession-specific segments such as RajasthaniMatrimony, BihariMatrimony, DoctorsMatrimony and IIMIITMatrimony.com, among others.

“We are launching these new initiatives to accelerate our growth. We have also expanded in geographies within and beyond India to Bangladesh and if not for the current crisis, we were planning to expand to Sri Lanka as well," he said.

Shaadi.com is also introducing video and chat features after piloting it for a year.

“When we study India, marriage is not entirely a love or arranged marriage. But this generation is doing planned marriage and that’s compelling for our business," Shaadi.com founder Anupam Mittal said in a recent interview.

Similarly, Jeevansathi, which runs four separate vernacular apps, is exploring text chat and audio-video call features on its platform with greater privacy controls.

Elsewhere in Mint

In Opinion, Manu Joseph tells why intellectuals are wrong about the rise of the right in Europe. Ankita Thakur says location data can boost enterprise in tier II and III cities. Andy Mukherjee says India’s internet policy mustn’t develop a Chinese character. Long Story explores the possibility of a smogless November this year.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beena Parmar

Been Parmar is a financial journalist based in Mumbai. She has reported on the banking and finance sector for over 10 years. She now writes on the alternative investment ecosystem from India - private equity, venture capital and especially startups. She loves to read about politics, society and humane stories.
Catch all the Corporate news and Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.
More Less

Recommended For You

Trending Stocks

×
Get alerts on WhatsApp
Set Preferences My ReadsWatchlistFeedbackRedeem a Gift CardLogout