While dating apps were once seen as a last resort, Tinder , Bumble and Hinge are now hugely popular.
Tinder has a very simple premise – swipe right if you like a profile, or left if you don’t – yet may daters struggle to bag themselves a date.
To help, Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s Vice President of Branding and Communications, has revealed her top tips and tricks to make sure your profile gets swiped right.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Ms Pambakian explained why small changes to your profile can make a huge difference.
From nailing your opening line to picking the perfect photos, here are her top Tinder tips and tricks to help you bag a date .
1. Nail that opening line
While you might be tempted to message a simple ‘Hey’ or ‘How are you?’, Ms Pambakian advises that users should send more focused opening lines.
She explained: “There is no magic opening line that works best, but the most successful way for a Tinder match to get my attention is by pointing out something in my profile that sparked their interest – whether it’s my job, where I went to school, or my (adorable) dog Bijou.
“Plus, you can use the GIF function, that’s a really fun way to show your personality and sense of humour.”
2. Make sure your profile has a bio
Knowing what to write in your bio can be tricky, but don’t just miss it altogether.
Ms Pambakian said: “Never skip the bio section! It’s your opportunity to tell your potential matches more about yourself – your hobbies, your interests, what you’re looking for.
“But don’t go overboard. We have a 500-character limit for a reason – no one wants to read a novel when swiping on profiles.”
3. Connect to your Instagram
Tinder currently limits users to six photos on their profile, but there’s an easy way to show dates more about you.
Ms Pambakian said: “The photos we take tell a totally unique story about us and it’s the way people communicate today – Instagram is a great way to learn more about someone AND it’s a great conversation starter.
“Connecting Instagram also automatically keeps your profile fresh and up-to-date without you having to do it manually.”
4. Make sure you’re online on Sunday night
The best time to bag a date is on a Sunday night, according to Ms Pambakian.
She said: “We’ve found most users are most active on Sunday evenings.
“But I personally just make it work for me and use it whenever I get some downtime at the office or with friends – and especially when I’m travelling.”
5. Don’t give your number out too quickly
If you’re really hitting it off with someone on the app, you might be tempted to give your number out – but don’t be too hasty.
Ms Pambakian said: “I’ve heard of couples who fell in “love at first swipe” with the first person they matched with on Tinder and exchanged numbers right away, but I think it’s worth chatting within the app until you’re sure you are interested in meeting them.
“You’re able to unmatch with the other person on the app if you decide you’re no longer interested, which is a lot easier than telling them to lose your number!”
6. Ditch the selfies!
Make sure your pictures are actually representative of you, and not just boring selfies.
Ms Pambakian advised: “Your pictures should give others a sense of your personality, hobbies and interests. If you like to go skiing or hiking, show it. If you’re kind of a goofball, show it. We all deserve to be liked for who we really are.”
7. Use GIFs
If the small-talk is drying up, think about sending your matches a funny GIF to lighten the mood.
Ms Pambakian said: “It’s always worth sending a funny GIF or making the most of message liking, which I love – now if you don’t want to engage in small talk but you don’t necessarily want to end the conversation, you can like (click the green heart next to the message) the last message your match sent you.”
8. Send some Super Likes
Don’t be tight-fisted with Super Likes – your chances of getting match are three times higher with one!
Ms Pambakian explained: “I’m really flattered when I receive one knowing that someone sent their one daily Super Like to me, and others will be the same.”
9. Wear bright colours in your photos
Make sure you profile is as eye-catching as possible by wearing bright colours in your photos.
Ms Pambakian said: “We recently conducted a study that showed that the majority of Tinder users wear neutral colours (black, white, navy, grey, etc.) – so if you really want to stand out, show a pop of colour in your outfit.”
10. Add more pictures to your profile
Finally, Ms Pambakian advises that you add more pictures to your profile.
She explained: “Having more profile photos and making good use of the bio section increases your chances of getting more matches exponentially. Adding your job and education to your profile works amazingly well also.”