Plucky Shahan Miah decided to start his own website, DateShahan.com, in July last year after not having much luck on Tinder and at speed dating events.
As well as an online dating profile, the 31-year-old’s campaign includes a Youtube video and even its own hashtag – #DateShahan.
Despite bagging a few dates and media appearances through the campaign, Shahan remains single ahead of Valentine’s Day this year.
To make matters worse, he now faces competition from other singletons who have set up similar campaigns.
(Image: Date Shahan)
One such campaign – Date Mark – was recently started by 30-year-old Mark Rofe from Sheffield, who plans to erect billboard advertisements across the UK, including in Bristol.
“Last weekend I got sent a link to the Date Mark website and his billboards,” Shahan said.
“When I saw he wanted to do a billboard in Bristol, I thought ‘that’s interesting’.
“I reached out to him and asked if he had come across my website before. He said he hadn’t.
“I don’t know whether it’s too much of a coicidence. Some people have joked there’s a rivalry between us now.
“I just want the people of Bristol to know that Date Shahan was there first.”
Shahan went on to concede there’s room for more than one dating campaign in Bristol.
“It seems Mark is more open to what he is looking for,” Shahan said. “He’s had applications from all over the world but I want to keep it local and predominately in the Bristol area.
“I don’t want to be an influencer.
“While I have my dating video, he has his billboard, so we both have our unique selling points.
“I appreciate Mark with his similar sense of humour, especially the use of Comic Sans on his poster.
“I wish him the best of luck.”
Since the launch of his own campaign last year, Shahan says he has been pleased with the reaction and has even appeared on BBC Points West to discuss his search for love.
“I am proud of my campaign and amazed I was able to do it,” he said.
(Image: Date Shahan)
“I’ve been on a few dates, including with one woman who saw my website while she was still with her boyfriend and later contacted me.
“However, I am still single so if there is someone looking for a date ahead of Valentine’s Day then you can get in touch.”
He previously said he embarked on the audacious bid for love because he found using Tinder “uncomfortable”.
“I just feel these kind of apps are based on appearance rather than personality,” he told Bristol Live.
“Despite a couple of dates, using dating websites and apps has been largely uneventful in terms of producing any significant outcome.
“These apps can also be used to look for something short-term or even a ‘hook-up’, which is not what I am looking for.”
He says he was inspired by EmployAdam.com, started in 2012 by unemployed graduate Adam Pacitti who now owns his own company.
Shahan’s website includes a dating profile, photos and contact information for any interested women.
You can see Shahan’s website (and maybe get in touch to organise a date) here.