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The Short Version: At MatchVIP, it’s all about helping career-minded South Africans form long-term, rewarding relationships through a hands-on approach to matchmaking. The aim of the agency’s CEO, Shannon Davidoff, and her team is to be their clients’ best friends, take the stress out of the dating process, and make it the fun experience it should be. Through a selective vetting process, MatchVIP is able to find the right matches for the right people, and since its inception, the company has connected singles at a near-70% success rate.
If an easy-breezy dating atmosphere exists anywhere in the world, odds are good an ambitious entrepreneur would have already built a flourishing business around destination travel packages to the locale. From the world-class cuisine and oceanfront views of Cape Town to the sand-whipped dunes of the Kalahari, South Africa seems to have all the ingredients necessary to cook up a recipe for romance.
However, South African professionals face the same challenges as the rest of the world when it comes to finding love. Busy schedules and a basic lack of knowing where to look have left many career-minded South Africans wondering where to turn to find their special someone. Luckily, expert matchmaker Shannon Davidoff and her company MatchVIP have come up with an answer.
As a widely known matchmaker and dating coach, Shannon has more than a decade of experience in the relationship space and has helped thousands of singles meet their forever partners. The team at MatchVIP operates with the mission to act as a best friend to the clients it serves, making matchmaking a personable experience.
Ultimately, Shannon seeks to empower her clients to enact real change in their lives. It’s a process that begins with introspection and personal growth that puts them on a path to making choices that result in rewarding relationships.
And, as Shannon told us, her customized approach has resulted in a near-70% success rate.
“You will not be alone if you do this right,” she said. “Know this! Feel this! Be loveable, and love will find you.”
Shannon saw dating as a continuously changing landscape when she ventured in following her husband’s death. With her first marriage ending in divorce, Shannon was not a stranger to flawed relationships. But, once she learned to navigate the dating scene herself, she knew she could help others do the same.
She founded the company Perfect Partners in 2005, and it proved to be highly successful. She built a team and trained them to get to know every member on a personal level. For Shannon, it wasn’t about just one interview. Rather, she viewed the matchmaking process as a journey both the client and matchmaker embark on together — strategizing, collaborating, and looking at potential matches as a team.
At Perfect Partners, Shannon honed the philosophy and toolset she would eventually bring to MatchVIP. Her operation ran smoothly, and clients were highly satisfied with the results the coaches were delivering. Singles were overcoming obstacles, such as low self-esteem and self-sabotaging behaviors, and were finding the lives and love they deserved.
As a result of this success, Shannon decided to branch out to help a larger pool of singles. So, in 2016, she bought out her biggest competitor, MatchVIP. She retained the company’s branding, but she brought her experience and approach with her to the agency. And, as Shannon noted, the vast singles database she had accumulated also came along for the ride. Today, her work has made MatchVIP a caring, personal matchmaking service dedicated to fulfilling its clients’ relationship goals.
MatchVIP’s high success rate is due, in large part, to the high bar set during the selection process. Not just anyone can become a member of the agency.
Shannon described MatchVIP’s demographic as singles between the ages of 25 and 65 who are genuine, authentic, and serious about finding love. They’re multicultural and multi-denominational, but, according to Shannon, all members must meet the primary criteria.
“Our members are financially stable and usually in the executive bracket,” she said. “These awesome singles are mostly people with little time to scout alone, prefer extreme exclusivity when choosing social engagements, and require the highest confidentiality.”
Many MatchVIP clients are beginners looking to settle down or start over after a death or divorce, Shannon noted. She also said most singles who turn to MatchVIP have high IQs and emotional intelligence levels.
“Many clients have made a conscious decision to let love find them by being actively sociable and meeting all proposed potentials,” she said. “Attraction remains an eternal mystery, but if you have your strategy or game plan, you will find what you seek.”
Specifically, MatchVIP’s criteria is as impressive as its service. Clients are fit, healthy, gainfully employed, financially sound, emotionally stable, and independent. A sincere values system is also essential to ensure everyone is treated with respect and integrity.
Most clients choose the Gold Membership, which lasts for one year and includes 20 quality introductions (10 of which are guaranteed to happen in the first three months).
Your matchmaker will design your individual strategy based on your personality, goals, and the traits you’re looking for in a partner. It’s also a very personal service as all clients have a dedicated consultant with them every step of the way to maximize their chances of success — even it means a little constructive criticism.
Highly-trained and experienced love coaches are accessible to clients when they need expert advice for specific situations. These coaches are also available before you start the process if you have an ex to get over or need help with communication, self-worth, or any other issues that might impact building a healthy relationship.
MatchVIP offers an Executive Search Package for affluent business people, time-challenged entrepreneurs, and even celebrities. This package is ideal for highly selective clients looking for specific attributes in a prospective mate. Those who are looking for a partner in locations outside Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban can benefit from this package as well.
Under Shannon’s watchful eye, MatchVIP boasts a 67% success rate, which is impressive in the matchmaking industry. Most results happen within months of getting started.
One MatchVIP client thought dating was just not something she could do until she joined MatchVIP.
“After going on several first dates, I realized I wasn’t good at this,” she said. “MatchVIP suggested date coaching. What a wonderful experience! I learned so much about myself, the way I must present myself, where to meet men, and how to communicate with them.”
“Thank you for giving me the courage to not be fearful of the unknown because there are more honest people out there than dishonest ones.” — A happy MatchVIP client
Another MatchVIP client found the experience gave her a new outlook on the goodness of others.
“I was a bit worried about whether a matchmaker would just string me along or not,” she said. “Thank you for giving me the courage to not be fearful of the unknown because there are more honest people out there than dishonest ones.”
Shannon is excited to bring her expertise to the UK and Austrailia soon to train new team members on her secret to success.
“I have a pattern called the Five Phases of Dating,” she said. “I plan to launch it with our new website. Keep an eye out for an innovative and international approach to dating.”