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Tinder to launch a ‘high-end’ membership with limited availability


Tinder is gearing up to launch a new "high-end" membership later this fall, along with a product refresh designed to better cater to Gen Z users. This information was revealed by Match Group, Tinder's parent company, during its Q2 2023 earnings release.

The new Tinder membership, confirmed by Tinder's Chief Product Officer, Mark Van Ryswyk, was previously referred to as "Tinder Vault" and is expected to cost around $500 per month. The idea for this premium offering came from Match Group's acquisition of The League, a high-end dating app that could cost users up to $1,000 per week. The success of such premium services suggests that there is a market of users willing to pay for top-quality matches and experiences that can lead to meaningful relationships. However, it's important to note that the new Tinder membership will be technology-driven and won't rely on human matchmakers.

While specific details about the new membership were not disclosed in the shareholder letter, the company mentioned that it will come with substantial benefits and will be limited in availability, making it an exclusive offering.

Additionally, Tinder is planning an important product refresh in the second half of the year, aiming to better cater to its core Gen Z audience. This refresh will introduce features like prompts, quizzes, and conversation starters, and will also leverage AI to personalize content for users. The core Swipe feature will remain central to the Tinder experience, but these changes are meant to make the app more dynamic and engaging. The company expects to roll out these features in select markets later this month.

In Q2, Match Group generated $830 million in revenue, a 4% year-over-year increase. The company forecasts next quarter's revenue to be between $875-885 million, citing Tinder's return to growth as a contributing factor. Tinder alone was responsible for $475 million in direct revenue during Q2, a 6% year-over-year increase. This growth was attributed to strategic optimizations and a successful marketing campaign called "It Starts with a Swipe," which encouraged new user signups and re-engaged lapsed users.

However, the pricing optimizations resulted in a decline in paying subscribers, down 4% year-over-year to 10.5 million. Overall, Match Group's paying subscribers declined 5% year-over-year to 15.6 million.

Among other earnings highlights, Hinge, another dating app under Match Group, saw impressive growth, being listed as one of the top three dating apps by downloads in 14 global markets. It generated $90 million in revenue during the quarter, a 35% year-over-year increase, with 1.2 million paying users.

Overall, Match Group reported an operating income of $215 million, representing a margin of 26%. The adjusted operating income was $301 million, with a margin of 36%.

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