Shaadi.com- How Is It Convincing The Modern Generation?

Disha Disha
Oct 8, 2021 6 min read
Shaadi.com- How Is It Convincing The Modern Generation?

Since 1996, people have trusted Shaadi.com, one of the world's oldest and most popular matchmaking services, to help them discover their right life partners. Hundreds of thousands of people have found their life partners and countless others have acquired some very special friends as a result of this groundbreaking matchmaking service.

Shaadi.com was founded by Anupam Mittal in the year 1997. It began with the name of Sagaai.com but its name was changed in the year 1999, as Mr Anupam thought it to be a more marketable name. Initially, it became popular among the Non-Indian Residents as the Indian parents were hesitant to arrange marriages using a startup.

By 2008, it was successful in becoming the worldโ€™s leading matrimonial website for Asians and had around 20 million users by 2011. Its main objective is to provide a superior matchmaking experience to Indians all over the world.

By promising a higher level of matrimonial success, the online agency has been attracting attention and sign-ups. Shaadi.com has been connecting profiles with potential compatibility for over 22 years, and its marriage success stories have surpassed 5 million.

Every month, it adds over 1.5 million active users to its subscriber base, with about 12000-15000 sign-ups per day. That explains why it is the largest online matchmaking service in the world.

History of Shaadi.com
How Does Shaadi.com Work?
How Does Shaadi.com Charge Money?
Pricing Tier Available At Shaadi.com
Shaadi.com - Business Model
Shaadi.com - Marketing Strategy
Social Media Campaign #FastForHer And #WoEkBaat
Challenges Faced By Shaadi.com
FAQ

History of Shaadi.com

While sitting in his fatherโ€™s office, Anupam met a traditional matchmaker who was giving his father the idea to match him off. But while thinking about how to get rid of him, it suddenly struck him that he could make the entire process of matchmaking online, taking away all the inefficiencies.

In 1997, he launched the first version called Sagaai.com. (Sagaai means engagement in Hindi) as an experiment. He invested all his money into the business. In 2001, he left his job in the U.S. and moved back to India, and changed the name to shaadi.com shifting all his attention towards the requirements of the platform to make it successful.

How Does Shaadi.com Work?

Users make their first impressions on potential matches through images, and Shaadi.com creates its first impression on its users through photos as well. The photographs are checked for any potentially harmful content or content that violates the company's requirements. The corporation has a team that evaluates the photos that users upload to make sure they are appropriate.

Shaadi.com Vs Other Matrimonial websites

Earlier, it used to take 5-6 hours to upload the photos and activate them on the profile as all of it was a manual process. Shaadi.com has currently 394 employees as the platform does not require too many employees for the work that is to be done. They have an automated feature, which detects fake profiles, gender mismatches on profile photos or profiles where users have put up their contact details. They have algorithms running on Amazon Recognition to identify these user behaviours. With this technology feature, their first impressions have improved and they have witnessed a 95% reduction in photo screening time.


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How Does Shaadi.com Charge Money?

The platform charges money for its users for a premium membership with various plans. The registration over the platform is free of cost but if the user is interested in a person's profile, they will have to take the premium membership for contacting that person. There is a variety of premium membership available on the platform. The portal started as an experiment but now has touched the lives of around 35 million people around the globe. Indiaโ€™s matchmaking marketโ€™s size is around $1 billion whereas Shaadi.com holds almost 40% of it.

Pricing Tier Available At Shaadi.com

Duration Package Subscription Price (INR)
12 months Platinum Plus 7900
12 months Platinum 6301
6 months Diamond Plus 4900
6 months Diamond 4301
3 months Gold Plus 3100
3 months Gold 2701

Shaadi.com - Business Model

The years 1995-1996 were seen as a digital revolution in India. There were new websites coming in and people were slowly getting familiar with the term 'Internet'. Mr Anupam took advantage of this period and created a user-friendly platform where one can fill in their personal details including all parameters like height, caste, education qualification, etc, and their choices regarding the kind of a life partner they were searching for and the platform will find the perfect match for the user. The platform acquires its customers using Newspapers, advertisements on television, and digital marketing. Once the user registers on the platform, there is a personal contact created between the platform and the user via regular phone calls to inform them about the different packages available, which eventually increases the conversion rate.

Shaadi.com - Marketing Strategy

To increase its customer base and to keep the users entertained, the firm has taken several initiatives which include the opening of more than 100 Shaadi.com centres in over 70 Indian cities with headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Games are hosted regularly on their social media platform to keep the customers engaged along with creating awareness in society. It used a โ€˜Dowry calculatorโ€™ for highlighting the social evils prevailing in the society which was appreciated by people from more than 35 countries.

It launched a game โ€˜Angry Bridesโ€™ on its social media page to generate awareness about the dowry culture and child marriage to educate people for stopping dowry in marriages and showed the number of dowry deaths in India in place of the worth value of their dowry. This campaign received considerable media attention and was appreciated by over 600,000 people across the globe.



Social Media Campaign #FastForHer And #WoEkBaat

The matchmaking platform took a bold step by starting a discussion about the gender inequalities that have been prevailing in society from generation to generation. Questions were asked to people over social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter using polls. The campaign received a massive response as more than 18,72,272 people took the pledge on the website fastforher.com. The hashtag #fastforher kept trending and got over 78 million impressions. More than 20000 posts were shared on Facebook and got around 6500 re-tweets.

Insights On The #FastForHer Campaign

For Valentines's day 2019, Shaadi.com launched an Instagram-based campaign #WoEkBaat with the objective to showcase the brand as a celebrator of love. It highlighted around 6 million of its success stories. This activity was driven by influencer couples on Instagram who talked about the one thing that got them and their partner together. ย 

Challenges Faced By Shaadi.com

Initially, it had to face a lot of challenges as internet adoption across India was poor in those times and conservative parents were sceptical in arranging marriage through an internet-based startup and there were a lot of cultural barriers. The mentality that prevailed at those times was a big hindrance. The next and the most difficult challenge the firm had to face was to hire the right people for the job as people did not understand what was the work actually.

Shaadi.com has been massively successful in gaining trust in the market and has created a reputation for itself by recording approximately 3.2 marriages across the world through its platform and has almost 12000-15000 sign-ups in a single day being Indiaโ€™s most trusted matrimonial site.

FAQ

Is Shaadi com free?

Shaadi.com is free for registration but you will have to pay a fee to initiate contact with any individual on the platform.

Who is the owner of Shaadi com?

Shaadi.com founder is Anupam Mittal.

Is Shaadi.com available outside India?

Yes, Shaadi.com is available in a few other Asian countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh and many more.

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