The Scoop: Matchmaking isn’t a one-size-fits-all process, so matchmakers must be flexible and attentive to their clients’ needs if they’re going to be successful. Dating expert Sameera Sullivan intends to meet the needs of today’s singles by developing personalized coaching services and online profile assistance as an alternative to concierge matchmaking. Lasting Connections has distinguished itself as a premier matchmaking company for elite men and women, and now the nationally acclaimed team offers their services as personalized dating consultants as well. Sameera developed Virtual Matchmaking Packages to teach singles valuable dating skills, give them wardrobe tips, and steer them in the right direction so they can make their own matches. The consultancy boasts a 100% success rate and has been a wonderful addition to Lasting Connections’ tailored services.

Singles who hire a traditional matchmaker often shell out thousands of dollars on the promise of meeting the love of their lives. They want a professional to handle the logistics of dating for them, and so they get out their piggy banks and hope that money actually can buy love.

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Sameera Sullivan founded Lasting Connections to give singles the tools they need to connect with someone special.

Not everyone needs a full-service matchmaker to help them meet someone, though. Some singles just need to be pointed in the right direction or given a few dating tips. In response to shifting demands, forward-thinking matchmakers have begun offering supplemental dating services that offer a middle ground between impersonal yet cheap dating apps and personalized yet pricey matchmaking.

Lasting Connections, an elite matchmaking company, has recently launched a virtual matchmaking program that allows singles to consult with a matchmaker for an affordable price.

When Sameera Sullivan founded Lasting Connections, her goal was to provide the best luxury matchmaking services to commitment-oriented singles, and she has done so by being flexible to the needs of her clients. Her innovative services, attentive team, and matchmaking instincts have driven the company to become one of the most successful and trusted dating agencies around.

“I’m more of a search agency than just a matchmaker,” Sameera said. “I only take a handful of clients each quarter because it’s such a personalized process.”

For Singles Who Don’t Need a Traditional Matchmaker

In January 2018, Sameera developed a dating service for singles who wanted help but didn’t necessarily need an entire matchmaking team arranging introductions for them. The Virtual Matchmaking Package is a custom program designed to prepare singles to tackle dating on their own.

This service comes with a variety of useful services, including one-on-one date coaching, a photo session with a professional photographer, and online dating profile management. All clients also receive membership to Lasting Connections’ confidential registry of singles, which the team uses to pull date candidates for traditional matchmaking clients.

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Lasting Connections offers coaching and consultancy services in addition to traditional matchmaking.

The Virtual Matchmaking With Recruiting Package provides a little more matchmaking assistance than the regular consultation. Sameera and her team of recruiters will search social media and the company’s database for matches who meet the client’s specifications. If they find a match, they will facilitate the exchange of contact information. This package also includes an image consultation with wardrobe and makeup stylists.

The packages are flexible to the needs of particular clients and provide an array of ways to get them at the top of their dating games.

“That’s why I created the virtual matchmaking process,” Sameera said, “because I think it works for 90% of singles.”

Boasting 100% Success Since Its Launch in January 2018

Lasting Connections has received fantastic feedback from clients who signed up for the virtual matchmaking consultancy. So far, the system boasts an impressive 100% success rate. That means all eight clients in the consultancy had a positive experience and got in relationships shortly after working with the matchmaking team.

Sameera told us the success of the program has been encouraging, and she hopes to see it grow because she believes consulting with a dating expert can have an immediate impact on a person’s confidence, happiness, and love life.

“The team at Lasting Connections gives you one thing we all need — hope!” — Cherie L.

Many clients have enjoyed working alongside the Lasting Connections team and commented upon the personalized attention and care the team puts into every match and piece of advice.

“The quality of people I have worked with is outstanding,” said Rob, a former matchmaking client. “The quality of matches has far exceeded any I could have found on my own, and it is a completely discreet process.”

“If you are looking for a full-featured dating service with a personal touch designed for you,” wrote Bill M. in a testimonial, “then Lasting Connections is where you want to be.”

Coming Next Year: Women-Only Retreats Around the World

Matchmakers not only offer elite dating opportunities, they also provide a supportive social network that can make clients feel more connected to people like them. This is an important role in the dating scene. Many singles feel motivated to seek out a boutique matchmaking firm because they aren’t enjoying dating on their own and want someone to help them have a good time. The matchmaker’s job isn’t simply to facilitate introductions but to accompany clients on a sometimes thrilling and sometimes heart-wrenching experience.

Lasting Connections recognizes that. Sameera said she’s interested in providing a support system for single women, particularly those over 40, and spreading a message of empowerment and hope in the modern dating scene.

“My biggest thing is I want to empower women and help them be their own matchmaker,” she said. “I want to use seminars, workshops, and retreats to give them all the tools they need to find the right guy and be successful.”

In the next year or so, Sameera plans to offer an all-women singles retreat in Italy. With this program, Lasting Connections aims to help clients see the world, take a break from the everyday, and cultivate a more positive mindset about life, love, and dating.

“It’s hard to be single,” she said, “especially in New York City. So I just want to give women a chance to have fun.”

Elite Matchmakers Diversify Their Services to Satisfy Daters

It takes a lot of hustle to meet the high expectations of singles looking for love. Lasting Connections’ matchmakers don’t rely on a cold and impersonal algorithm to do the heavy lifting for them — they dive into the social scene and actively search for compatible date prospects for their clients. These elite services have proven successful among wealthy daters, and now Sameera wants to make their expertise accessible to all singles.

The virtual matchmaking system is a targeted and streamlined way to give someone’s love life a boost through date feedback, one-on-one coaching, online profile management, a photo shoot, and recruitment services. So far, the matchmakers are 8 for 8 in terms of connecting clients to a long-term love through a combination of online and offline assistance.

Whether she’s scouting for attractive individuals at a party or setting up an online dating profile, Sameera does whatever she can to make sure her clients have a great experience and get in a relationship.

“I have a high success rate because I keep it real, and I keep it small,” Sameera said, “and I’m always recruiting for clients.”