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The Short Version: Matchmaking is more popular than ever, but, as the industry grows, choosing a professional to trust with finding your special someone can be difficult. However, matchmaker Michelle Renée Smith and her team at East Coast Match separate themselves from the pack. They help singles find the partner of their dreams through a unique vetting process that has resulted in an 80% success rate. Michelle is extra choosy — with both direct clients and her matching database — and intuitively knows how to pair people for lasting relationships. East Coach Match also has several other hands-on services, including dating and relationship coaching and image consulting — giving clients every advantage to attract and keep their ideal match.
For many, it’s an all too familiar story. Once past “the clubbing age,” opportunities to meet a long-term partner seem to drastically drop. And, inevitably, a good number of singles in today’s tech-centric landscape turn to dating websites and apps for help.
Unfortunately, even the most complex algorithms and carefully worded profiles can leave singles wading through endless pools of options that don’t necessarily mesh with what they’re looking for. Many singles are learning that finding a quality match takes more than a right swipe. Success means asking yourself a lot of questions to get to the meat of what you really want and who might best fit with your personality and interests. And that’s where Michelle Renée Smith and her team at East Coast Match (ECM) come in.
ECM offers a hands-on approach to matchmaking — with the goal to connect the right people so their bonds will last. And the company has steadily been accomplishing this goal. Since its inception, ECM has paired singles at an impressive 80% success rate.
“My mission is to help people find love — healthy, permanent love,” Michelle said. “People were not put on this earth to be alone. It’s gotten so difficult to meet people organically.”
East Coach Match operates differently than most matchmaking services, guiding you through the entire process — from learning what you might be looking for in a potential mate to gaining dating techniques and best practices on how to hang onto a relationship.
Many matchmakers will introduce you to a couple of candidates and stop there, but not ECM. Based on a client’s personality and core value requirements, the team meets, screens, and qualifies every match before an introduction is made.
Rather than relying on algorithms or chance, Michelle and her seasoned matchmakers carefully hand-select each candidate they believe may be your perfect match. Then, after the first date, they share critical feedback with both parties and provide multiple levels of support throughout the dating process.
Image consulting, an optional add-on, helps clients find their best look with some of the most talented tailors, hair stylists, and board-certified plastic surgeons. Dating coaching provides an extra edge when you aren’t sure how you’re being perceived or are just nervous about a date. And online dating profile editing maximizes the odds that you’ll stand out from the crowd.
By focusing on the big picture in dating, from polishing your image to vetting dates and sharing feedback, East Coach Match has achieved an impressive success rate — more than 80% of clients find love. Because Michelle and her team use a personalized technique, they come to intimately understand their clients and are able to ask the right questions to get down to the heart of who “The One” is to them.
Every single who comes to ECM must go through a rigorous acceptance process to become a client. He or she starts by adding a profile into the company’s database that contains parameters about what they want in a partner and relationship. Michelle then gets in touch with the person after she’s carefully read and digested the profile information and evaluates whether she can match the person.
If she feels she can, she’ll invite him or her to the office so they can spend a few hours together. After that, Michelle sends them away with all the information they need to make an informed decision about whether they’re emotionally and financially ready to start the matchmaking process. Once prospects are ready to commit, they immediately get started.
With a gentle candor, Michelle tells clients what may be holding them back and how she can help with her several proven strategies.
Michelle told us many people don’t necessarily love themselves or feel worthy to be in a relationship. When people are constantly wondering what’s wrong with them, the odds are slim that they’ll succeed in finding a lifelong bond with someone.
“Self-esteem is also a really big one on my list. Not everyone has low self-esteem, but you’d be surprised how many people do,” she said. “Often I work on their self-esteem with coaching sessions to help them feel good about themselves and get ready for a relationship.”
With so much care given to the process, it’s easy to see why Michelle has become a master at what she does.
East Coach Match’s clients have been more than forthcoming with praise for Michelle and the work she does. Dave W. is someone who found Michelle’s approach very effective and life-changing.
“I know I was one of your bigger challenges,” he wrote to Michelle. “I want to tell you how incredibly helpful you have been to me, not only in finding me my dream girl but also in the support you have given me in terms of ‘tightening up’ (as you call it) my physical and emotional state.”
Dave said his journey to love could not have been possible without ECM. He credits Michelle for where he and his match, Karen, are today.
“Karen and I are blissfully happy,” he wrote. “I proposed to her last night, and she said yes!”
Another client, Elizabeth, quite wary of matchmaking at first, was also more than thrilled with her results.
“Love is already a tricky thing, and to put oneself into the hands of a matchmaker can be a foreign concept to most of us,” Elizabeth said. “A friend of mine highly recommended and encouraged me to contact Michelle. Not fully understanding the industry and process, I was fairly reluctant.”
But Elizabeth soon found Michelle’s services to be just what she needed. She wasn’t finding men with whom she clicked with in her own circle, and she wanted to find out why she wasn’t having any luck.
“[During] our first conversation, she had the uncanny ability to ask the clarifying questions that revealed the heart of who I was really searching for,” Elizabeth said. “She picked up on the nuances of how I perceived life and who would be a good match for me.”
As with many of Michelle’s clients, Elizabeth found quick success. She was introduced to John, and they chatted for seven hours on their first date. Today, Elizabeth’s entire outlook on life and relationships has changed.
“I used to think that the use of the word soul mate was a little sappy and unfounded,” she said. “Now, knowing what it feels like to be with someone who understands me at every level, still giddy to be with each other after five months and dreaming of our future, I sheepishly join the ranks of the saps who have found their soul mates.”
Professional, sophisticated singles who are looking for long-term partners choose East Coast Match because of its discreet nature and high-level selection process. With so many matches made and a success rate few can touch, Michelle and her team have distinguished themselves as leaders in this industry.
Singles no longer have to wade through extensive pools of potential matches on dating apps or rely on complicated algorithms to find love. ECM’s personal support has proven to be an effective solution. And Michelle’s direct involvement makes all the difference.
“There’s so much that goes into our services,” Michelle said. “It’s not just paper. It’s intuition. It’s a process. It’s learning about individuals. And it works.”