As far as response rates go, “Hey” performs at average, while “Hey, what’s up” performs at 4 percent above average."We’re aiming to help users do better than average, and are thus showing examples of the types of things that do better than a generic opener," Karen Fein, Hinge’s vice president of marketing, told The Huffington Post.Finding the right words to start a conversation can be hard, especially if you're talking to a stranger on a dating app.The most successful openers, it turns out, are positive, thoughtful, creative and slightly personalized."That said, there are also openers that do far worse than 'Hey, what’s up.' ...The poorest performers are typically negative or pessimistic in tone." Instead, people are more likely to respond to messages that display a unique question about lifestyle, food preferences or musical taste: If you're using a dating app that shows a person's age on their profile, that information might come in handy when you're sending a first message.According to the Hinge report, men and women differ when it comes to waiting for a match to send the first message.
Matches tend to respond to different types of questions, depending on their age, according to Hinge's study. (No one likes those.) Instead, talk about food: Hinge's report found that women are 40 percent more likely to reply to a message regarding food or culinary trends. Opening lines that specifically mentioned the dairy product received 58 percent more responses.People 18-23, for example, value questions that are novel and surprising, like this: "Pain reliever personality: Advil, Tylenol, or complaining? Men like to receive direct, assertive messages, and they're 98 percent more likely to respond to invitations such as "Drinks soon? " People in different cities respond to different topics, Hinge found. For conversation starters referencing celebrities, people in L. responded 75 percent more frequently than users in any other city. If your app matches you with someone you really fancy, yet you're not sure how to make the first move, waiting things out might not be the best idea.The company then tracked what lines were sent most frequently and measured response rates to detect trends.Here are the best tips Hinge gleaned from its study: If you're really, really hoping to get a response from your match, a vague greeting won't get you stellar results.
That's according to Hinge, a popular matchmaking service which connects users based on shared Facebook friends.Hinge published a report Thursday on the best ways to start a conversation with your matches and improve your chances of getting a response.