Erika Ettin is the founder of A Little Nudge, the preeminent online dating coach in the US, and "the new voice of online dating." A Little Nudge has been profiled on NPR, the Washington Post, WUSA9, and AskMen.com. Erika is also JDate's leading expert, has been a featured columnist on Philly.com, and her weekly column syndicated through the Chicago Tribune. Her book, Love at First Site, has also received high acclaim.
Erika's educational background includes a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.
As a very early adopter of online dating, starting in 2001, Erika knew that this then-new way of meeting people seemed extremely promising. Over the years, through online dating, she had countless dates, numerous relationships, and enough stories to last a lifetime. She then decided to start tracking her own online dating results in none other than a spreadsheet... the only way an economist knows how to do things!
She honed her profile (shown here) and emails to a point that her response rate, or percentage of men who responded to her initial email, was well over 60%, almost unheard of in the online dating world. (OkCupid even calls a 36% response rate "nicely above average.") She was also able to convert over 50% of those into dates. (This time, 30% is average.) Her philosophy is that if you market yourself well, you'll get more dates. And, the more first dates you go on, the higher the probability that you’ll have a connection with someone, simply by increasing your odds.
After working in the finance industry for over seven years, she was ready to take the leap to quit her job and start this business in early 2011. Since then, Erika has worked with hundreds of clients, and her success stories run the gamut from happily married couples to countless clients now being able to navigate online dating after a long time out of the game. It genuinely makes Erika happy to see others find happiness and share her secrets to success at online dating.
In her free time, Erika enjoys making groan-worthy puns, taking her dog Scruffy to the dog park, drinking peaty Scotch, and doing her daily crossword puzzle.
Emily Pickett is an Associate Writer for A Little Nudge. She graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a B.A. in History and Spanish and spent several years working on Capitol Hill before joining the US Army Reserves.
Emily joined A Little Nudge in October 2014 and was thrilled to finally pursue her passion for writing and helping others. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness aficionado.
In her free time, Emily loves traveling, following the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts (Peyton Manning is the common denominator!), reading, and hiking the Bill Goat Trail with her adorable German Shepherd, Chloe.