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3rd November, 2008

Brits are Kings of the pick-up line
Funny Brits beat amorous Americans and Aussies in chat-up stakes… they’re just not that good at sealing the deal

Move over Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe– it’s Ricky Gervais’ patter women really want! This, is according to research which today reveals that British men are the smoothest operators in the chat-up stakes worldwide, with 34% of women responding best to the pulling techniques of UK blokes, putting Americans (32%) and Aussies (27%) in their place.

The survey, which was conducted by voice-to-text company, SpinVox, into the pulling behaviour of 4,000 residents of the English-speaking nations, also shows that Australians are most likely to get the cold shoulder: a whopping 52% of women said they’d ignore Australians who tried to chat them up. This was followed by 41% for Canadian men and 27% for American men.

Winning words the world over

· Brits’ tried and tested ice-breaking techniques which worked best for meeting women included “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” and “I bet you like cheese, because you’re a cracker!”

· By contrast, Aussie jokes such as “I’d like to didgeridoo you” and “Wanna see my koala?” are causing more of a chill with females Downunder

· In the US it seems the focus on the economy has even permeated the pulling scene: 88% of women thought that “I’m like American Express, you can’t go home without me” was the best of the bunch

· Canadians women opted for the cheeky but old fashioned “I’m not from around here, can I have directions to your place?” as their favourite pick-up line

According to a relationship expert, our success is down to the wit, elegance and charm of Englishmen throughout history and up to this day, as even exemplified in fictional characters such as James Bond.

Phillip Hodson, a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, says: “The great British chat up line is alive and well because the legendary British sense of humour is second to none - we are naturally funny. This gift is vital when it comes to romance; the psychological evidence shows that a good sense of humour is an all-time winner when it comes to dating. Nearly every personal advert features `must have GSOH` and that says it’s a priority.”

Nice to meet you – now what?

Unfortunately for men in the UK, the path to romance can involve some sacrifices . Although British women are most likely to keep in touch after meeting somebody on a night out (87%, followed closely by Americans, 85%), they are also the most likely to take advantage of a gentlemanly Englishman. British women are three times more likely than Americans to try and get as many free drinks as possible out of somebody who is chatting them up (24% in the UK vs. 8% in the USA).

Furthermore, although cheesy British Bond-style one-liners are great openers, the results also showed that Australian men are more than twice as likely as men in the UK to get some bedroom action, as 11% of women said they’d spend the night with an Australian they’ve just met, compared to just 4% of Brits.

United online

An overwhelming number of those surveyed agreed that they were most likely to continue to keep in touch with somebody they met on a night out via Facebook, with an average of 42% saying that their next move would be to check them out online.

Christina Domecq, CEO and co-founder of SpinVox says, “Social networking sites really seem to be making it easier for people to connect but on their own terms.. Whether its using your mobile phone to post on Facebook whilst on the go or simply leaving someone a spoken message which is delivered as SMS text or email SpinVox helps capture the moment, converting voicemail messages into text.”

With SpinVox, you can speak your blog posts and social network updates by simply dialling a number on your mobile phone and leaving a message which will be automatically converted to text and posted on your chosen site. For users with several blogs and networks, a new ‘Ping through SpinVox’ service is available that simultaneously broadcasts spoken updates to thirty of the most popular social networking sites.

SpinVox is free to anyone wishing to use the service to update their blog or social network. Visit www.spinvox.com for more.

You can also Ping through SpinVox by signing up at http://ping.fm/

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For more information, or to enquire about interviews, please contact either Bridey Lipscombe, Gloria Trapezaris or Russell Williams on 08449 670 630 or spinvox@cowpr.com

Notes to editors:

The research was conducted across 1,000 UK, 1,000 Australian, 1,000 American and 1,000 Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 49, using Facebook polls.

About SpinVox

SpinVox® is the world's largest privately-held speech technology company, providing the most successful voice to text messaging services which are used daily by millions of people. SpinVox services are available directly on www.spinvox.com and through leading carriers and service providers globally.

Through significant innovations in voice and network technologies, SpinVox has brought together the two most natural forms of communication - voice and text - to create the fastest-growing form of messaging: Voice-to-Content™.

Its award-winning service is not only upgrading voicemail - by converting voicemail to text for delivery as SMS or email messages – but is also empowering people to speak SMS messages or emails to anyone, from any phone. SpinVox also enables people to speak messages directly to their favourite web messaging services such as Facebook, Twitter and many other popular web networks.

As a carrier-class hosted service provider, any network, anywhere in the world can rapidly implement SpinVox and it is now live with Alltel, Cincinnati Bell, Sasktel, Rogers, Telus, Telstra, Vodacom South Africa, Vodafone Spain, Movistar Chile and Livejournal and has announced a deal with Skype.

At the heart of SpinVox is its ground-breaking Voice Message Conversion System™ (VMCS), which works by combining state-of-the-art speech technologies with a live-learning language process. VMCS now serves users across five continents in English, French, Spanish and German – with additional languages, Portuguese and Italian, under development.


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