refocuses efforts on in-house comms

Online dating service has rejigged its PR efforts to put more focus on in-house comms and co-branded events.

The move sees the online dating service part company with UK agency Big-mouths PR. has appointed Mental Communications to its UK media relations account, but a greater proportion of its six-figure PR budget will be spent on events such as the shopping night in Ann Summers’ Brighton store on 17 June.

Lisa Hulme, co-founder of Big-mouths, which helped launch in 2001, said: ‘Match. com asked us how we could maintain the high level of media coverage achieved over the past years on the restructured budget, but we felt it was not feasible, so we had no option but to walk away.’ director of international PR Nigel Sharman insisted, however, that ‘PR budgets are not being cut anywhere in We are increasing PR and promotions budgets by the hire of six new people internationally and by expanding our investment into events and co-branded promotions.’

Mental, led by founder and former Mantra PR consultant Edward Waldron-Davies, is on a retainer, but Sharman said that in other markets, will look to work either internally or with external agencies on a project basis, concentrating on key periods such as Valentine’s Day.

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