ThePOGG.com is proud to announce the relaunch of its website. Following on from ThePOGG.com’s recent accreditation as an ADR by the UKGC and the expansion of ThePOGG network to include POGGStrategies and POGGWebmasters comes the relaunch of the original site. With an increased emphasis on user experience, particularly for mobile users, the new site continues to offer a high quality complaints resolution service which has been expanded to address affiliate complaints through the introduction of POGGWebmasters.
The new site is far more intuitive for users and this together with the decrease in page loading times ensures optimum user experience. The site design itself is fresh, current and innovative; its goals to let players know about all the services offered and to highlight that ThePOGG is ultimately there for their protection. Now players will find it easier to locate our quality casino reviews, submit a casino complaint, or use our forums to discuss anything related to gambling.
“I’ve long felt that the design of ThePOGG.com failed to effectively convey the strength and quality of the content we were publishing and left us looking like one of the crowd rather than leaders within our field. The new design that John Wright has put together far more effectively showcases the unique approach to affiliate marketing we’ve taken and offers users a significantly improved experience. It’s been a long time in coming, but the design of the site now lives up to the high standards set by our content and services.” Duncan Garvie – Manager and ADR Official for ThePOGG.com
“I strongly feel that ThePOGG.com is one of the more important casino portals online. I know the quality of reviews, complaints, fairness reports and audits are some of the best around and I wanted to ensure the design relayed the quality of work put in. Although the content and value remains just as strong as it was before, the new design is a big step in the growth of ThePOGG. As much as the site aims to be a valuable resource for players, I find it to be equally valuable to affiliates.” John Wright – Gaffg.com
The design team made a conscious effort to avoid the use of banners and other calls to action that can detract from usability. This allows a clearer pathway for users to navigate their way through the site ensuring that their journey is intuitive and their experience positive.
Improved Speed and Mobile Functionality
The new site design features a significantly shorter load time and faster more responsive design for users of mobile devices. Site load speed has a direct impact on user experience and it was one of our big concerns to decrease load time when creating the new design. The previous design was not mobile friendly and with many casino portals reporting their mobile traffic being greater than their desktop traffic, it made sense to upgrade the website to meet user needs.
Unique Selling Points
ThePOGG has many features that are resources for players that cannot be found elsewhere
- Detailed & honest Casino Reviews
- ADR Accreditation by the UKGC
- Casino Complaints
- Deposit Guarantee Seal
- Player Terms & Conditions Monitoring
- Slots Reviews & RTP Data
- Audit Reports
- Fairness Reports & Game Testing
ThePOGG.com offers several innovative and completely unique resources to both player and industry users. The Terms and Conditions Monitoring Service is exclusive to the site offering customers protection from retroactively changed Terms and Conditions. The Fairness Reports section investigates credible player concerns relating to game fairness through extensive statistical analysis. The Deposit Guarantee Seal offers players a level of security that is unparalleled in the affiliate market – no other affiliate portal actively offers to refund a player’s deposit if a casino recommended by them is found to treat a player unfairly. The Auditing Service gives operators the opportunity to receive in-depth feedback relating to their operation in order to provide customers with the best possible experience at their casino. Players can also access published Audit Reports that allow a greater level of insight into the service an operator provides. The Casino Reviews listed on ThePOGG.com are the most rigorous and robust to be found in the industry. They give honest and accurate reflections of the services provided by online operators and most importantly for player peace of mind: placement and recommendation on ThePOGG.com can NEVER be bought.
ThePOGG Network has undergone significant expansion in the last 12 months with the introduction of POGGWebmasters.com and POGGStrategies.com. POGGWebmasters reviews the affiliate programs currently in operation and takes forward any complaints submitted against them for aggrieved affiliates. As part of the reviewing process Terms and Conditions are investigated thoroughly in order to allow an accurate assessment of their favorability for affiliates to be determined. POGGStrategies provides statistical analysis of casino games and details information pertaining to optimal strategies for players. It also offers hand analyzers and strategy trainers alongside fairness calculators.
Vita Media Group wins Casino Affiliate of the Year Award at the EGR Operator Awards 2022
Vita Media Group, a Danish iGaming company, won the Casino Affiliate of the year award at the 2022 edition of the EGR Operator Awards held in London.
The Casino Affiliate of the Year Award is the first major award that Vita Media Group has won.
Vita Media Group’s CEO Jimmi Meilstrup believes this award comes as an appreciation from the iGaming world to all the employees in the company who are delivering extraordinary results every day.
“On behalf of everyone in our company, I am deeply grateful for this award which is the first large-scale award that we have won as a company. From day 1, we promised the iGaming world we are going to build this company on the principles of loyalty and trust. Through hard work, a lot of research, and indeed a great amount of quality traffic generated and delivered, we have excelled in casino affiliation. To everyone who chose Vita Media Group as a partner, thank you, and be sure to expect even better results from us in the future” commented Jimmi Meilstrup.
During the award night held in London on October 27 th , 2022, Vita Media Group was shortlisted 4 times in different categories:
• Affiliate of the year (Headline category)
• Casino Affiliate of the year
• In-house product for the in-house developed iGaming loyalty and reward platform Ekstrapoint.com
• Affiliate Program for the fast-growing developed affiliate program OMG Affiliates
In the Casino Affiliate of the year category, the judges from the EGR Operator Award were reviewing applications based on significant traffic, player numbers, ROI for operators, ability to build strong partner relationships, brand innovation and marketing, and player retention strategies.
The EGR Operator Awards, considered the Oscars in the iGaming industry, are organized by EGR Global, a leading publisher of online gaming B2B news, analyses, and research.
In 2021, Vita Media Group was shortlisted for the first time at the EGR Operator Awards in the Affiliate of the year category for affiliation services and the Rising Star category for its affiliate program OMG Affiliates.
Casino Guru establishes Awards Project to recognize greatest industry achievements
The Casino Guru Awards is the latest project by Casino Guru inspired by guiding the dialogue on consumer safety, and it reflects on the company’s ambition to acknowledge and reward achievement in the gambling industry, specifically in the sectors Casino Guru has contributed to –responsible gambling and consumer education. Casino Guru Awards is the result of this long-term commitment to making gambling safer, fairer, and more accountable for all participants.
Drawing on years of experience as the defining affiliate service in the industry, Casino Guru has transcended its core model to make global changes to the industry, including through its Global Self-Exclusion Initiative, Casino Guru Academy, Fair Gambling Codex, and other initiatives.
Now, the company is stepping up its responsibilities of a gambling industry custodian with the Casino Guru Awards which will celebrate the most committed operators in industry and the professionals who shape its future. The inaugural edition of the event is designed to raise awareness for the Awards and help the most deserving companies serve as good role models industrywide and reach a broader audience.
To participate, companies may nominate themselves through the end of November 2022. Casino Guru will also select worthwhile nominees that will be added to our list in a process that is fair, transparent, and above all else, distinguishes and focuses on merit. A shortlist will be announced in December2022with the official ceremony held online in February 2023. All decisions regarding the outcome of the event will be carried out by hand-picked judges.
Casino Guru Awards will feature judges from some of the biggest companies that are well-established names in the industry, including Kindred Group, Betsson, Gamban, Epic Risk Management, Gordon Moody, and more. The panel will include close to 15 external judges and five of Casino Guru’s own specialists.
Commenting on this project, Daniela Kianicová, PR & External relations Lead at Casino Guru, said: “Casino Guru Awards is a natural continuation of the efforts Casino Guru has put into making gambling safer, fairer, and more transparent for everyone. We worked on the Awards and the categories with the idea to emphasize on areas of the industry that are crucial to consumer safety and can always be improved on.
Our commitment to safer and responsible gambling is unflinching and I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the industry’s most distinct professionals to make gambling safer for players. It’s clear to me that Casino Guru Awards will be a benchmark for companies in the industry and a high accolade for any entity that wants to help write the gambling world of tomorrow.”
Casino Guru Awards will run in several categories which will focus on a mix of business achievements and consumer needs. The company feels strongly that achieving a level of excellence across these verticals will result in a better gambling industry for all. The categories include “The Fairest Bonus Policy,” which assesses the fairness of Bonus T&C’s and whether a bonus accounts for breaching applicable rules by accident, among other and equally important criteria.
“The Fairest General T&Cs” category will focus on how a casino’s T&Cs ensure that customers are protected and safeguarded and that they do not fall prey to predatory or hidden rules and details. In true Casino Guru spirit, “The Most Impactful Social Responsibility Initiative” will focus on those operators and companies who understand the importance of responsible gambling and problem gambling prevention.
There is a separate category that will independently assess “The Best Implementation of RG Tools” and “The Most Transparent Casino.” Another important category will be “The Most Effective Handling Complaints,” which is another area where the Casino Guru team feels improvements can be made, giving operators an incentive to operate in a clear and consumer-centric way. Casino Guru is experienced in this particular area having established the Casino Complaint Resolution Center which has thousands of closed cases already.
Last but not least, there is “The Voice of the People” which will be decided by the players, without any intervention. You may find out more about the Casino Guru Awards on the official page, including details about submitting a nomination, who the judges are, and what to expect in the months that lie ahead.
Paysafe’s Income Access wins ‘Best Tech for Affiliates’ 2022 iGB Affiliate Award
Income Access platform recognized as the leading software solution for global iGaming affiliate marketers at industry awards in London
Paysafe, a leading specialized payments platform, today announced that Income Access, its marketing technology and services provider, won in the ‘Best Tech for Affiliates’ category at the 2022 iGB Affiliate Awards, held last night at the Troxy, in London, U.K.
Taking place during this week’s ICE London and iGB Affiliate London conferences, the iGB Affiliate Awards recognized the affiliate marketers, affiliate managers, operators and software providers like Income Access that have excelled in the global affiliate space over the last 12 months. Income Access’ ‘Best Tech for Affiliates’ iGB Affiliate award follows a series of major affiliate-focused upgrades to the company’s turnkey multi-channel tracking and reporting platform.
Among 30+ unique reports, the platform’s key reports were enhanced in 2021 through 2022 to optimize the user experience (UX) for affiliates while increasing transparency on data and performance metrics. Other tech enhancements included a move to the cloud to improve response times for affiliates and facilitate scalability for the future.
Affiliate payments were also streamlined through a platform integration with Paysafe’s Skrill digital wallet, with the addition of multiple new currencies.
Income Access continued to strengthen the Income Access Network, the iGaming industry’s longest-serving independent affiliate network. Over the last 12 months, multiple new brands serving a diverse range of iGaming verticals and markets integrated with the Network, and its affiliate membership expanded by 1,000+.
Geoff Smorong, Vice President of Operations at Paysafe’s Income Access, said: “Whether it’s our affiliate platform, the Income Access Network, or our affiliate management services, affiliates are at the heart of everything we do at Income Access. We’re therefore delighted to see our software development and technology honoured at the iGB Affiliate Awards.”
Zak Cutler, CEO of North America iGaming at Paysafe, commented: “Affiliates play an instrumental role in player acquisition for iGaming brands and have helped drive the growth of our wider industry. Given the affiliate channel’s importance, this award is a huge achievement for Income Access, reflecting the innovation, hard work and dedication of their entire team.”
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