Podcast: How This Dating App Company Spiked User Engagement to 30.5 Million Chats a Day After rethinking her company's approach, the co-founder of The Meet Group shares how it found its stride -- and generated $76.1 million in revenue.

By Jason Feifer

The Meet Group

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Catherine Cook Connelly had a problem. "We did this survey, which said "85 percent of users don't really want to pay you,'" she says. That wasn't entirely unexpected: She's the co-founder of a dating app company called The Meet Group, and the dating industry is full of free apps. But to make money, she'd need a lot of her users to view a lot of ads.

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That leads to the next problem: User engagement was down. "So we really wanted to focus on, how do we have as much engagement as possible to keep users coming back? Because that's the key," she says.

The Meet Group owns four apps, called Meet Me, Skout, Tagged, and hi5. And to solve that problem, Cook Connelly and her team would have to radically rethink not just how their users engage with each other in the apps, but what kinds of tools a dating app should have at all. For example, what does video in a dating app look like? And what does live video look like?

After years of experimentation, The Meet Group seems to have found its stride. Last year, it reported $76.1 million in revenue, up 34 percent year over year. In May, it reported its first quarter results and showed revenue up 51 percent year over year. All of that means Cook Connelly's engagement is going way, way up.

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So how'd she do it? That's what this week's episode of Problem Solvers is all about.

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Jason Feifer is the editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of the podcast Problem Solvers. Outside of Entrepreneur, he is the author of the book Build For Tomorrow, which helps readers find new opportunities in times of change, and co-hosts the podcast Help Wanted, where he helps solve listeners' work problems. He also writes a newsletter called One Thing Better, which each week gives you one better way to build a career or company you love.

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