You spent the 12 seconds it takes to download Bumble, and now you’re staring at the app’s instructions for setting up your profile, wondering how the heck you’re going to squeeze an entire life into 6 pictures and 300 characters…
They didn’t teach you how to do this in school, did they?
Bumble ups the ante even further by requiring women to send the first message – so you can’t even rely on your great opening lines to start a conversation.
Damn that profile just got important.
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Here’s the good news: Bumble has a pretty equal ratio of male to female users, which is quite rare for a dating app. Finally, a digital dating platform that’s not crawling with dudes!
What’s more… 60% of matches result in a conversation. Gotta like those odds.
Attractive photos and an attention-grabbing bio will entice her to send you a message, and that’s your only shot at getting a date – so putting time into your profile is CRUCIAL.
These 5 Bumble profile tips will get her swiping right and writing you first!
1. Lead With Your Strongest Photo
On dating apps, you’re only as attractive as your worst photo. And Bumble is about as photo-driven as an app can possibly be.
You’re limited to six photos, and they all need to count. Every. Single. One.
Why’s this so important? Because unlike Tinder, Bumble users have to swipe through ALL your photos before checking out your profile text.
Meanwhile, she can swipe left at any time. One bad pic and you’re toast… before you’ve even been able to say anything!
It’s kinda like “that girl” at the club who sees you approaching and gives you “the back” before you’ve even opened your mouth. Ouch! Bumble’s made that possible in the world of mobile dating, and that’s why it can really go wrong if you don’t get your photos right.
Your primary photo is your first (if not only) opportunity to catch her eye. A good profile photo shows you, and only you, looking your very best. Not a shot with 4 friends in it. Not a photo of you wasted on a Friday night. Not a headshot of your dog.
This is your chance to show her you’re confident, approachable, and as attractive as possible.
- Wear a bright, vibrant color. This makes you stand out from all those guys who opted for neutrals, like blacks and grays.
- Ditch the glasses and hat. Wearing glasses decreases the odds of a right swipe by 12%. Having a clear view of your eyes and your face is a strong indication of trustworthiness, so when you block the view, people subconsciously assume you’ve got something to hide.
- Don’t post group shots. This can lead to a major let down if she thinks you’re not the hottest guy in the picture.
Dr. Carbino based her advice on the results of a recent study where Tinder analyzed 12,000 profile photos of users between the ages of 18-40 in 3 major cities, but the data will no doubt serve you well on Bumble, too.
If you aren’t sure which photo you should lead with, use PhotoFeeler to narrow down your selection to the 3-6 photos that get the best feedback. Then, use Tinder’s Smart Photos to figure out which one is the absolute best.
2. Treat Your Photos Like An Ad Campaign
When she’s scrolling through your lineup, she’s making snap judgments based on every aspect of your photos, like your facial expression, posture, and outfit choices. It’s a process referred to as “thin slicing”, and it’s basic human nature.
Much like a marketing campaign, you want to highlight all your best features. In science-speak, it’s called “signalling”. Simply put, you’re trying to convey certain things about yourself without coming right out and saying them.
For instance, a picture of you scuba diving communicates that you’re in great physical shape, you can afford an expensive hobby, and you travel. Not only are pictures far more impactful than words, she’s also more apt to believe it’s the truth.
Key takeaway: show, don’t tell.
You should have at least 3 additional photos in your lineup. Now’s the time to show her that you love to hike, do yoga, and whitewater kayak. Choose photos that intrigue her, and make her want to know more about you.
Present the image of a guy who’s exciting and fun to spend time with, not someone who spends Saturday night on the couch with his cat.
Read this article for 21 tips on choosing online dating photos that get more dates, then put together a range of photos you think are strong contenders.
Bumble makes uploading photos a breeze, but make sure you check out the final result. Especially when it comes to cropping. The app automatically pulls the middle segment of each one, so be sure you’re not getting cropped out of your own pics – especially the primary one.
3. Win Her Heart (in <300 characters)
If you thought Tinder’s 500-character limit presented a challenge, get ready for Bumble’s 300-character limit.
The best Bumble bios sound confident and engaging, and if you can make her laugh, you’re in with a solid chance. On mobile dating apps, women are swiping through multiple potential matches at a time, typically while watching SNL re-runs, so you have to stand out.
Because Bumble is less traditional than sites like Match.com, you can get away with a much less serious approach. Think more along the lines of extreme confidence (without sounding too cocky), over-the-top ridiculousness and/or really f*ing funny, like in this example:
Funny Bumble profiles work because most women find a sense of humor attractive. But steer clear of creepy – that’s not hot. No negativity, or advertising what you DON’T want. And simply listing a bunch of things is just plain lame. Don’t be like these guys:
If you need some Bumble ‘about me’ ideas, start by including the essentials and highlight what's most attractive about you: your job, your interests, all the stamps in your passport.
Try something like this, using your own details instead:
Notice how both of the examples of Bumble profiles above focused on a few attractive qualities. In relatively few words, these profiles make her want to know this guy better – and that’s exactly what you want yours to do.
Not sure what’s most attractive about you? Ask (honest) friends what your three most attractive traits are, and play off of those if they’re interesting… The more unique, the better!
Including links to Instagram is an easy way to bulk up your Bumble identity, and opens up a door for her to learn more about you without having to ask for a Facebook link.
Depending on what you have posted, though, a little spring cleaning might be in order first. All of your Instagram pics need to make a good impression.
4. Make Starting A Conversation Easy For Her
The key to a successful Bumble profile is simple: give her something to talk to you about.
It’s on her to initiate the message exchange, so get the conversational ball rolling by asking her a question in your Bumble profile. With the right dose of inspiration, she doesn’t have to do much work to come up with a clever message. This makes it easier for her to engage you and more likely that she will.
Ask something that’s creative, fun to think about, and easy to answer. Keeping your question simple is key – research has found using words that are easy to process increases your likeability.
Try a question along these lines in your profile:
- Your turn: Chocolate, cheesecake, or Chunky Monkey?
- Fav food: Seafood, steak or sweets?
- One quick thing: Greek beaches or Japanese sushi bars?
- Your turn: hiking boots or art galleries?
Here’s another example of how to incorporate a challenge question into your Bumble profile:
5. Create “Go-To” Messages As You Write Your Profile
Message exchanges on dating apps tend to be faster paced than on dating sites. You want to lock in the number or the date before she deletes her account, or loses interest – and that typically means returning her messages within 24 hours, max.
But if you’re hopping on the app in between meetings, you may not have time to bring your A-game with every message. If you don’t have a virtual dating assistant to manage all your dating apps for you, having a stockpile of “go-to” messages to fire off at a moment’s notice is the next best thing.
It’s easy to create a few questions while you’re writing your profile. Just build them around topics you bring up in your profile. For instance, if you mention travel, wine tasting, and yoga in your profile, your list of questions might look like this:
- Travel personality quiz: Would you prefer a weekend on the beach, in the mountains, or in a big international city buying all the shoes you can fit in your suitcase? 🙂
- What’s your guilty pleasure: Wine? Cheese? Jumping into fountains full of chocolate?
- Your perfect lazy Sunday: yoga, Netflix, or sleeping til noon?
Of course, you need to transition them into the existing conversation, just as you would if you were talking to her face to face. Save the best material from your message exchanges, and use the questions again and again.
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