A single man who bought a massive roadside billboard asking for applicants to date him has revealed his new girlfriend after the campaign was a roaring success.
Mark Rofe, 30, paid £425 for a 10-foot high and 20-foot wide billboard featuring a picture of himself lounging with the caption: ‘Single? Date Mark. This could be the sign you’ve been waiting for’.
And yesterday, Mr Rofe – who recently quit his job to sell Christmas trees online – revealed his new girlfriend, 28, to his supporters by sharing a side-by-side picture of his billboard with a snap of the pair together.
Mr Rofe did not reveal the name of his mystery woman, but said she is a ‘witty’ writer with a ‘good sense of humour’.
He told MailOnline that he hopes his success ‘gives hope to other average looking men out there too’.
Mark Rofe, 30, who bought a massive roadside billboard asking for applicants to date him has revealed his new girlfriend (pictured together) after the campaign was a roaring success
Mr Rofe, 30, paid £425 for a 10-foot high and 20-foot wide billboard (pictured) featuring a picture of himself lounging with the caption: ‘Single? Date Mark. This could be the sign you’ve been waiting for’
Mr Rofe, from Sheffield, said: ‘She was one of the first to apply before the billboard and website had got any mainstream media attention, she was good looking and witty and I looked through her social media and could see she had a great sense of humour – I thought she could be someone I’d get on well with, and it turns out I was right!’
Prior to dating her, Mr Rofe asked four women to go on dates with him and he ended up seeing three of them ‘around the same time’ earlier this year.
He added: ‘The one I didn’t meet up with – turned out that a friend had applied on her behalf as a joke, which was slightly awkward and embarrassing for me!
‘When I tell people I only met three from the thousands that applied, I guess they are a little bit surprised, I expected to have to do more dating too but when I found someone I really liked I didn’t really see the need to go and date more people.’
He started dating his new girlfriend ‘back in February’ and said it was ‘quite casual and relaxed’.
He said: ‘We went to a food market in the evening, followed by a few drinks, and then played some Mario kart in a bar (I won and she desperately wants a rematch), and we’ve been dating since, she doesn’t hate me yet so I guess things are going well.
‘During lockdown I thought it would be funny to send her a personalised jigsaw puzzle of my billboard to keep her entertained.
Mr Rofe (pictured) did not reveal the name of his mystery woman, but said she is a ‘witty’ writer with a ‘good sense of humour’
‘It’s always an interesting story when someone asks the question of ‘how did you meet?’ – I hope this gives hope to other average looking men out there too’
‘When I put the billboard and DatingMark.co.uk website up I was ideally looking for someone who has a good sense of humour (read able to put up with my awful jokes), intelligent, and obviously there has to be a physical attraction, and I feel I lucked out because not only did I end up meeting someone like that, they happened to like me back too.’
Mr Rofe – who had been single for over a year – launched the billboard campaign in January after all his friends were getting married as he struggled to get a date. He hoped the billboard would help him stand out from the crowd.
He said at the time of his billboard’s launch: ‘I’ve been single for a little while now, and many of my friends are married or in long term relationships.
The massive sign in Manchester features a photo of him lounging on his side (pictured) and says: ‘Single? Date Mark. This could be the sign you’ve been waiting for’
‘I’ve tried the dating apps, but they just weren’t working for me, so I decided to try something a little bit different to try and stand out.’
The billboard went up on Fairfield Street in the centre of Manchester on Wednesday, and will be seen by around 462,000 drivers a week.
He said he placed it in Manchester because it is one of the largest cities in the UK, near where he lived and has the highest footfall in the region.
He had launched a website – datingmark.co.uk (pictured) – where applicants get in touch and has launched a crowdfunding website for more billboards
Mr Rofe had hoped to raise enough funds to purchase more in Dublin, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Bristol, and London. Pictured is his website
Mr Rofe, who jokes he has kissed ‘over three’ women, insisted his campaign is totally legitimate and described himself as ‘extremely handsome and modest’.
He launched a website – datingmark.co.uk – where applicants get in touch and has launched a crowdfunding website for more billboards.
He hopes to raise enough funds to purchase more in Dublin, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Bristol, and London.
He added: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, buy more billboards?’