Skout Dating Platform Forges New Relationships

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Skout: How the Dating & Social Networking Platform Forges New Relationships

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The Short Version: Skout is a dynamic dating app where free communication reigns supreme and loneliness isn’t an option. The Skout community encompasses millions of single people in search of meaningful relationships. Over the last year, the Skout team has worked quickly and creatively to stem the loneliness created by social distancing restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The app has live video broadcasting features to keep singles connected no matter where they are.

Since its launch in 2007, Skout has been crusading against loneliness. Thanks to years of innovation and updates, the social networking app has blossomed into a fully fledged dating app with an array of features that support heartfelt conversations and promising relationships.

“Our goal is to create communities that forge connections, reduce loneliness, and make dating fun,” the Skout team said. “We are changing how people fall in love.”

Screenshot of Skout

Skout showcases the user’s personality in photos and videos.

Skout has pioneered new technologies to bring online users closer together. The app was one of the first dating platforms to implement location-based matching, and now the development team has streamlined video livestreaming features that encourage singles to broadcast their thoughts and feelings.

The Skout app has distinguished itself from run-of-the-mill swiping apps by embracing live video and dating games. Its dynamic interface has engaged the hearts and minds of single people who are looking for authenticity in the online world.

Skout is powered by The Meet Group, a company that owns and operates apps that serve millions of daters everyday. This online dating network includes MeetMe, Tagged, and GROWLr.

“Our community sends 70 million chats per day,” a spokesperson for the company told us. “Each month, our livestreaming solutions entice our community to spend more than 1.1 billion minutes in video.”

The Meet Group is a subsidiary of ParshipMeet Group, a diversified international market leader in online dating. ParshipMeet Group owns and operates leading matchmaking brands eharmony, Parship, and ElitePartner.

Leveraging the Power of Livestreaming Video to Connect Users

In 2020, Skout moved aggressively to make online dating more interactive and exciting. The team unveiled features that gave users more ways to show off their personality and make new friends. Plus, as video dating became the new normal, Skout upped its video game to keep lines of communication open.

The Skout team saw the success of its hit dating game NextDate and introduced a similar speed-dating experience called Blind Date. Blind Date was similar to NextDate in that users had two minutes to chat and choose either Next or Date to pass or continue the conversation. The main difference is that Blind Date blurs the video image of the contestant, so singles cannot rely on their looks to carry the relationship.

Screenshot of a Skout video

Video dates help singles get to know each other and establish romantic chemistry.

“Livestreaming video makes dating apps entertainment platforms, providing feelings of connection and interaction at times when members need it the most,” the Skout team said.

Connecting in a live video can help singles get out of their heads and be more authentic. It’s more organic than photo swiping and more personal than a text message. Video provides a way to screen potential dates and make rich and real relationships online. During the coronavirus pandemic, video dating was a stand-in for real-life interactions, and the Skout team believes that trend will remain even after the world opens up again.

“Dating apps have been evolving toward ever-increasing authenticity for years now,” the Skout team told us. “And nothing is more authentic than live video.”

Skout members can use the app’s video features to date safely amid the pandemic. It’s a way of getting to know someone without meeting in person, and that has been in high demand while singles grapple with lockdowns and social distancing regulations.

The Skout app allows anyone to broadcast a video and be the star of their own dating game. Whenever a Skout member feels bored or lonely, exploring the app can provide lots of entertainment and romantic possibilities. A video date is just a click away, and there are no paywalls to chat.

“We want to make dating apps fun — to keep people entertained, help them make connections, and keep them coming back for more,” the Skout team told us. “To us, dating apps should own the modern dating game. People are drawn to our apps for the sense of community.”

The App Carries the Antidote for Loneliness

Skout has been a huge hit among young American singles who are tired of endless swiping and shallow dating. The app’s core demographic is between 18 and 35 years old, and it ranks among the top 10 most downloaded dating apps in the U.S.

Over the years, Skout has earned a reputation as a leader in the online dating space. Its matchmaking technology and video features have helped singles come out of their shell and meet new people more easily than ever before.

“Anyone who wants to meet, date, and find love is welcome on Skout,” the team told us. “Skout has led to untold numbers of friendships, dates, relationships, and even marriages.”

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Skout sparks conversations and relationships between people all over the world.

Skout users Nugz and Pumpkin met through the app in 2019. Nugz was livestreaming, and Pumpkin liked what she saw in the video, so she said hello. After three weeks of chatting, Pumpkin flew from her home in Chicago to meet her online love interest in California. She later moved to be with him, and they are in a committed relationship.

Vivian said she logged on Skout looking for a friendly conversation, and she ended up falling in love and getting into a relationship. “I met the love of my life and soon-to-be-husband on Skout,” she said. “He was such a respectful and sweet guy, and we talked for about a month before we met. And six months later, he proposed.”

A Skout user named Cynthia said the dating app helped her find a romantic relationship despite her busy schedule. “It was indeed destiny that brought us together,” she remarked in her testimonial. “For us, love was just a wink away — and for that, we thank you.”

“Skout is a great way to meet people across the street or on the other side of the world,” said another Skout member. “There are so many people on Skout to keep it lively.”

The Skout team has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the dating community. Members have sent engagement announcements and family updates through the years, and every success story is proof of the life-changing impact the app can have on singles.

“My favorite part of the day is seeing emails and comments from members telling us how they met their significant other or spouse,” a Skout team member said. “Knowing how important Skout is to our members’ lives is why we strive to make it the best place to date and meet new people.

Skout: Where Online Dating Comes Alive

Skout provides an inclusive and engaging environment for millions of people seeking connection, friendship, and love. The app has inspired singles to tell their story and find common ground through text and video chats.

During the coronavirus pandemic, dating habits changed significantly, and Skout changed to meet the moment. Now the dating app has perfected its video broadcast feature to allow for instant entertainment and romance. Even if two people don’t live in the same city, they can meet on Skout and change their dating destinies in the span of one conversation.

“We know that a sense of belonging is not an option — it completes us,” a Skout spokesperson said. “Every aspect of our lives is enhanced by meeting new people, whether casual, fun, or romantic. No matter where you are, a new connection is exciting and brings us a little more alive.”

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