Matchmaking companies are moving toward using computer-based algorithms to match potential partners.
They gather information about clients from their initial online screening and interview and match them based on personality (stated and inferred) and preferences, and then use a pre-programmed system to match up the best potential pairs.
This is normally done during a face-to-face interview and allows matchmakers to get to know their clients and to create a profile of each customer to match them with other good potential matches from their client base or beyond.
It schedules events and outings that its members can sign up for and meet other people in the process.
Based in New England, Successful Singles is a dating site that has been in operation since 1984.
Expect to pay anywhere from $5,000–$50,000 a year for a set number of matches or introductions.
This fee generally includes an element of coaching, such as pre-date guidance and post-date feedback, which is a key service difference between matchmaking services and online dating.
A few matchmaking companies do the in-person interviews and then are more customer-driven after the initial interview.