When we first meet someone in person, there's nothing wrong with saying, "Hello," "Hi" or even "Hey." But when we're talking about starting a conversation via a dating app, we need to go a little deeper and get a little creative to stand out. After all, your potential mate could be flooded with notifications from other love-hungry smartphone users. What will make yours worth a response?

There's no need to jump off with your entire life story, but you need to get a conversation started beyond a bland greeting. There has to be a better way than a smiley face and "What's up?"

Introduce yourself and ask pertinent questions

Start with an introduction. This may seem redundant, but it's an excellent way to begin a conversation, just like you would in real life. Your profile should have most of your relevant information, but you don't want to put too much out publicly. Save some traits, hobbies and anecdotes for private messaging.

Look over your prospective new lover's profile and photos. Do you recognize places in the pictures? If you've been there, too,