match.com - Review

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Conclusion: Match is a great place for flirting and finding love. The internationally renown service offers a tried and tested formula that has proven its ability to get people together successfully

match.com at a glance:

Advantages

  • Tired and tested provider of success
  • Great IM service for flirting
  • Full and informative profiles
  • Flexible and innovative search

Disadvantages

  • Traditional format is not for all
  • Like most services, you have to pay to communicate with your matches

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Try out the service for free. Enjoy browsing through all the great profiles and then – if you like what you see – you can upgrade and get chatting. 

match.com numbers

Success ratio

  • 100 contact requests in our test profile
  • 21 resulting conversations
  • 2 out of 10 requests get an answer.

Contact ratio match.com
21%

Member statistics


51% Women

49% Men
Female ratio at match.com
51%

Suitability for Flirt

  • Great place to see full profiles and pics
  • Great flirting tool within a traditional format

Suitability for Flirt
100%

Local activity in New Zealand

  • Members in New Zealand: 500.000
  • Search trend: 880

Activity grade in New Zealand
100%

1. Match New Zealand review: in brief

You might think Match is a bit long in the tooth. After all it was one of the first dating sites ever. However, it is still a great place for flirting and fun and still successfully brings people together all over the world.

Does it work in New Zealand? We set about testing the service and conducting a thorough review to answer this question for you here.

Practical test and experience: A reasonable number of active users. We saw a lot of profiles and had a goodish level of response to our conversation openers. Not bad.
Functions: Limited but effective list of functions means that you can be sure there is everything you need to enjoy flirting on this site, without getting confused or distracted.
User-friendliness: Match is nicely laid out and scores well on usibility. But its not easy to get in touch with Customer Services. Below Paar.
Value for money:  Match is competitively priced. You get a solid service with a good reputation at a price that is – if anything – below average. Good Value.

 

2. Functions and profiles on Match New Zealand

The registration procedure is speedier than you might think. It actually only requires a few minutes to get through the process, though you do have to submit a photo, so make sure that you have a good one ready(Note: You are obliged to upload a pic at the end of the reg process). The vast majority of data in your profile is obtained following the reg process and when you are constantly encouraged to enter more information and say a little more about yourself.

Having finished this simple registration, you are free to look through the profiles and use of all the features. These include:

Search

There are many different elements in the search offer. In addition to the usual selections on location, education, income etc there are a few interesting search buttons such as 'reverse Match' and 'It's their birthday' button.


Picture: Search Functions - Match.com

Daily 6

One of the ways in which Match tries to get you beyond your search criteria is with the 'Daily 6'. These are 6 Matches recommended to you daily that you can like or dislike.


Picture: Daily 6 - Match.com

Match Affinity

Match Affinity is an upgrade available to you if you are interested in getting as more scientific approach with personality profiling. You can take the profiling questions free, but to make use of your results there will be fees for this extra service.


Picture: Match Affinity Service - Match.com

Getting in touch

How do you get in touch with other people on the site? Well there are almost too many options to choose from! Straight messaging of course, for those who like to take their time and compose thoughtful messages. Instant Messaging for those who go in for the more cheery banter style of interaction. Finally, for those who are a bit shy or tongue tied there is always the 'wink' of the 'like'.

Summary of Functions and Features: Match doesn't attempt to be anything cutting edge and has only the basic features required of a dating service. This seems appropriate to the brand. Nothing fancy but absolutely adequate.

 

3. User Friendliness Match New Zealand

Customer friendliness is a very critical issue with online dating sites. The degree to which dating sites deal effectively with the concerns and problems their customers have fluctuates largely from one site to another. How easy is it to make contact with customer support? How promptly do they respond to customer enquiries. Does the company operate auto rebilling?

Reaching the Customer Care service at Match New Zealand

There is a good and useful FAQ section on Match that can walk you through nearly all the processes on the site and questions you might have. However, it is hard to find an email address to write to and there is no sign of a phone number. Not brilliant.

Look and feel of Match New Zealand

The design is straightforward and clear with an emphasis on usability as opposed to showiness. The most impressive work is the profile sections which are nicely laid out and shows off your Matches in an engaging manner.

Match New Zealand Mobile functionality

Match is equipped with both good mobile browser compatibility and good apps for iPhone and Android. The apps are well designed and feature a more up to date layout than the desktop site.


Picture: Mobile app - Match.com

Summary of Customer Friendliness at Match New Zealand: A simply presented site with a good looking app, Match does well on usability. However, it is difficult to get in touch with customer services. Especially considering it is such a well-established brand.

 

4. Match New Zealand Practical Test

The Match New Zealand experience test rigorously checks all aspects of Match. To produce an overall overview of the product we set up a profile on the platform and browsed through it as a regular user (man seeks woman). Next we browsed all features and started first conversations.

On top of this, we tested Match New Zealand’s reputation online, reading through customer comment boards and forums to understand how users have experienced the product.

First impressions of Match New Zealand

Match looks precisely like the traditional kind of dating site it is. The layout is clear and easy to understand and the structure is very familiar. Soon you are presented with a list of appropriate Matches and then you can express your interest by winking or chatting to the ones you like.

Match has survived longer then nearly any of the services on the market. It is in this sense a trusted company and one that has been the starting point for a lot of successful partnerships around the world.

A new offering from Match is their Events service that is being rolled out. This should bring an offline addition to the service and make the offer is more unique.


Picture: Landing Page - Match.com

Number of members in your area Test

To acquire an opinion of the number of members online, we conducted a contact count check. Dating websites come in loads of diverse formats, but always the most meaningful problem for the customer is how many connections he or she gets involved with. How many folk get in communication and how many people answer to communications. Our ‘reach’ count produces a score against this crucial measure for every site we appraise. Match New Zealand did very well in this test. There were plenty of members online and it looked like a reputable spread of users over the nation.

Results: Online as a man, we initiated 100 contact requests on Match. These were made up of an assortment of all the numerous ways of expressing interest. For example, by messaging or ‘winking’. In return we got 25 reactions. This is a reasonable result for men starting conversations with women on dating sites and shows a good level of active users.

Profile quality of Match New Zealand

The quality of profiles appear good on Match. They are well laid out, every member has to upload at least one image of themselves, and there is usually a reasonable amount of personal data visible. The type of person on Match varies substantially, but you can see that the majority are searching for something serious.

Profile suggestion: When you’re devoting time or cash with Match, make sure you invest time on making your profile count. Fill out all the information parts, make sure your search is set up correctly and, most importantly, post lots of great pictures ! Time you spend on these things should not be time wasted!

Are there any fake users or Scammers on Match?

Fake profiles is a problem for all dating services and the test is not whether they have a problem, but how bad it is. Our impression of Match New Zealand was very positive in this regard. Match runs a pretty decent system of profile checking and mostly the profiles looked genuine to us. 

Conclusion Match New Zealand Experience Test Good performance from Match. We enjoyed the good level of information on profiles. We saw lots of active members and decent level of respondents.

 

5. Is Match New Zealand value for money?

The large majority of dating websites hand out a free introduction to their product, but to get full use of the site and communicate with your Matches you nearly always have to pay for Premium Membership. Match New Zealand is not an exception and to talk with your Matches, you are going to have to pay a fee. We are not going to quibble with the need for this. Customers will always have to pay up if they want to use a quality service. Rather, we focus on how Match New Zealand performs on a ‘value for money’ equation. Is it worth spending the money and getting involved?

Benefits of Match’s NZ paid for service
  • Send and read instant messages
  • Access the service on your mobile
  • See who’s interested in you
Match NZ price list:
  • A 6 months subscription costs  $15.99 per month
  • A 3 months subscription costs  $25.99 per month
  • To sign up just for one month only costs  $29.99

*these prices were current at the time of writing, but may change

We advise you go for the six month package. It’s a significant initial cost, but you’ll be able to settle down and take your time to use the service well.

Watch out: Premium Membership will auto renew unless you instruct Match not to do so.
Overall. Is Match New Zealand worth the cash: Match's prices are very competitive and while the service is fairly standard, it does have a good brand authority. This trust factor is worth something and we are convinced that Match is decent value for money.

 

Final Tip: When you meet someone you like on Match and set off on your first date, make sure that you tell someone where you are going. Dating is a great way to meet new people and discover new places and the vast majority of people you will meet on Match will likely be every bit as fantastic as you are. However, it never hurts to take some basic precautions. Make sure you meet your dates somewhere public and freindly. Somewhere where you can be at your ease and totally safe from any unwanted advances.

 

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match.com summary

Reviewed brand: match.com
Evaluated by: nz.dating-navigator.com
Last update:
Overall rating: 8 / 10



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