OkCupid Unveils Provocative New "Ask Yourself" Campaign Highlighting the Most Important Issues to Young Daters
Over 7 Billion Answers to OkCupid's More Than 4,500 Famous Questions Reveal the Biggest Deal-Breakers for Millennials and Gen Z About Music, Politics, and Travel

NEW YORKJan. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- To kick off 2020, dating app OkCupid (NASDAQ: MTCH) is introducing the bold new "Ask Yourself" ad campaign that encourages singles to define what matters most to them when it comes to relationships. The campaign is inspired by real daters' answers to OkCupid's famous in-app questions, of which there are more than 7 billion responses from OkCupid users around the world. Beginning in January, "Ask Yourself" will roll out across digital and social platforms, as well as out-of-home, in major cities around the world, starting with New York City.

OkCupid partnered with artist Xaviera López to create mesmerizing, looping animations that bring its iconic match-making questions to life. These animations are visual representations of how OkCupid questions connect like-minded people.

"What our data shows is that younger daters in particular care deeply about some of the biggest issues of today, and they don't want this disconnected from their dating experience. Only on OkCupid can we take all of your choices and use that to figure out who you will be the most compatible with," said Melissa Hobley, Global Chief Marketing Officer at OkCupid. "This approach to matching works — just ask the millions of happy couples OkCupid is responsible for around the world."

Voting and politics are particularly important to daters today; the number of daters on OkCupid who said they enjoy discussing politics increased over 150% in 2019 when compared to 2016. But data shows it's not all political when it comes to love. Millions of answers reveal 2020's biggest deal-breakers, with 'music' and 'travel' also coming in toward the top:

  • Politics: 38 million answers
  • Music: 20 million answers
  • Travel: 11 million answers
  • Voting: 7 million answers

The campaign creative reflects these insights, with a focus on most-answered OkCupid questions, as well as statements derived from them:

  • Could you date someone who couldn't be bothered to vote?
  • Bigger turn-on: Intelligence or looks?
  • Is a soulmate worth waiting for?
  • It's OK to not date a man who won't vote for a woman
  • It's OK to choose to only date someone who's pro-choice
  • It's OK for your pronouns to mean more than your profile
  • It's OK to only match with someone you can march with
  • It's OK to choose Mr. Right based on how far left he leans

"When I started thinking about the illustrations for this campaign, I was so inspired by the depth of questions that OkCupid provides for their users, and I wanted my work to match their intensity, playfulness and honesty," López said. "I hope that the work inspires those to take a chance and find out more about themselves and their future partners."

OkCupid partnered with creative agency Mekanism to launch the multi-channel "Ask Yourself" campaign, the first global campaign in OkCupid's history.

"OkCupid helps users make deeper, more meaningful connections by matching people on the questions that really matter to them," said Kara Coyle, Creative Director at Mekanism. "Questions that cover the provocative topics, the telling ones, the make-or-break deciders when it comes to who you date. We brought these questions to life through thought-provoking animation that stops people in their tracks and makes them consider what matters most to them."

OkCupid is available in over 110 countries, with more than 25 markets that use localized questions to connect people based on their unique experiences. As OkCupid focuses on international expansion, this campaign will debut in North America this January and extend in key regions later in the year.

About OkCupid  
When it comes to who you date, you should choose what matters, and OkCupid is the only dating app that asks. OkCupid's algorithm uses daters' responses to its iconic, in-depth questions to match users on the things they actually care about, like their beliefs, interests, and preferences. Founded in 2004, OkCupid is responsible for millions of meaningful connections in more than 110 countries around the world. It is the most mentioned dating app in The New York Times' Wedding section, and has been a pioneer of inclusive dating across all dimensions such as gender, orientation, race, and religion.

The company is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.OkCupid.com or @OkCupid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Mekanism  
Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San FranciscoNew YorkChicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world's best brands, including MillerCoors, Ben & Jerry's, Peloton, OkCupid, Zola, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as "The Soul and Science of Storytelling": Communicating a brand's purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.