Interview with Ukraine Brides Agency (Part 1)
I’m delighted to introduce you to Keith Gordon, the Owner of ukrainebridesagency.com. I met him at the Idate conference in Cyprus in July and we had a chat about Ukrainian dating, wonderful weather in Cyprus and our possible interview. I am always happy to ask the industry experts about their experiences and insight. I believe Keith’s answers can give you a great idea about Ukrainian dating and his advice can lead you to success in your search. Let’s start!
Krystyna: Hi Keith. Thank you very much for finding time to answer my questions. I highly appreciate that and believe your information can be very helpful to my readers. To start, tell us about you and your Ukraine Brides marriage agency?
Keith: Hi Krystyna, it was great to finally meet you at the recent iDate conference in Cyprus and I thank you for this opportunity to tell you about Ukraine Brides Agency.
My wife and I started Ukraine Brides 10 years ago after being asked by some female friends in Ukraine to provide a genuine site for both men and ladies to find international love. They explained to us that they had registered at many agencies but never had communication with men, although their profiles were being used to lure men to communicate with “them”.
We made plans to set up a site that would offer transparency, trust and exceptional service at a fair price. We have achieved much success and I am delighted to say that we were awarded the Best Product Design award at the 2016 iDate International Dating Conference in Miami.
Krystyna: Please describe in detail how you help Western men to find an honest Ukrainian wife — and cutting to the chase — what does it cost your customer?
Keith: We only work with proven and successful agencies and they must meet our criteria before we agree to work with them, including:
- Having been established at least 5 years
- Have a record of successful marriages and relationships
- Have an office infrastructure including translators and computers for the ladies to use
- Who agree to our stringent vetting process for every lady
We currently work with about 20 agencies across Ukraine and have said no to over 200 agencies. We also have many ladies who have registered directly with our office and not through agencies.
Any lady who registers with us, whether through an agency or directly with us must also meet our stringent vetting criteria, including:
- Submit copies of her passport pages
- Submit proof of her marital status
- Provide full contact details – email, phone number, skype, viber (which are continually checked by our staff)
- Provide links to her social network pages
We continue proactive monitoring of the agencies and all ladies on an ongoing basis.
Our prices are among the lowest in the Slavic dating industry and you can view all of our prices on our site, even before you register – which is unique! There are costs to provide this personal service, especially when there are language and cultural differences and the requirement of an interactive internet site with full communication abilities and we need to cover these.
We have no joining fee nor any registration fee and you only pay for what you use. We believe that success breeds success and if we focus on developing successful relationships, then our business will grow. For that reason, we have many services that are free, including expressions of interest, free viewing of ladies profiles, including all her photos and video’s, free opening of letters and no charge for attaching photos to letters. We also offer free matchmaking. We want our members to find love and will do all we can to achieve this.
Krystyna: And my next question about your marriage services. In what ways does the culture of your marriage service differ significantly from the large sites like AnastasiaDate.com or ElenasModels.com, which try to address the International dating needs of everyone?
Keith: We offer a personal, one-on-one and friendly service to everyone who uses our support. This is not just the man, but includes the ladies and the agencies. To achieve success you must build relationships with all the key members of your service. Our service is about love and emotions – how can you do this if you don’t know each other and have not developed trust and teamwork?
Transparency and openness has always been part of our culture and we have our story and all our team photos on the site.
We offer 24/7 service and you can contact our team any time via email, skype and live chat on our homepage.
We have also added a feature that no other site offers – a free skype consultation with one of our marriage specialists. These are free, can be scheduled at a time that suits you and you can have as many as you would like. We offer advice on any subject including creating your best profile, how to use the site, culture differences and creating the best impression.
Our service team also contains 3 travel agents and we are IATA registered meaning that we can offer full travel services, including flights, accommodation, visa assistance, translators and guides, internal travel and 24-hour support.
Krystyna: In your opinion, what has been the biggest challenge so far in operating the Ukraine Brides Agency?
Keith: The biggest challenge has been to overcome the negativity associated with the Ukraine dating industry. There are many horror stories of men investing thousands of dollars on sites and traveling to Ukraine to meet a lady, who has never existed.
Forums and blogs are being used to discredit sites and it is very difficult to counter a bad forum post. Sadly, many of these negative posts are being placed by competitor sites who will discredit every other site and thereby convince readers to use their site. Unfortunately, this casts a bad image on the entire industry and everyone loses, including genuine men and ladies and also the genuine sites.
To be continued…
In the second part of this interview, we will discuss the issue of the Ukrainian online dating scam, the future of Ukrainian marriage industry and why Ukrainian women are so popular among Western men. Additionally, Keith will give you some tips how to find a honest and reliable Ukrainian lady for life and marriage.Questions? Feel free to ask Krystyna, your Ukrainian dating expert 🙂 (s. here: Contact Krystyna)
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