In our latest affiliate interview we’ve talked with Jenny, content manager of Swedish casino bonus site: Bastacasinobonus.se. Jenny and her team have recently launched a dynamic bonus ranking table where the bonus hunters can see bonus offers from different casinos and sort them under various criteria.
GAV: First of we would like to thank you for the opportunity. Could you share with us your profile so our readers can get a better idea of who you are?
Living in: Stockholm
Favorite Food: Sushi
Must Read Book: The Gambler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
GAV: Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Jenny really is, the main person behind the Swedish casino bonuses site Bastacasinobonus.se. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great comparison service for casino bonuses?
Jenny: I’m Jenny, 26, and I’m the content manager at bastacainobonus.se. I’m from Stockholm and I still live here. Enough about me though. The idea behind our site was to create a transparent site where we give the user to sort bonuses based on their actual value. There are a lot of affiliate sites, but we noticed that most of them clearly promote the sites that pay the most. We believe that players are becoming more knowledgeable about casino games and we wanted to create a website that acknowledges this.
GAV: Since there are thousands of casino bonuses websites out there, where do you think Bastacasinobonus.se stands now?
Jenny: That’s something that’s tough to measure. We are a small team but I think we have one of the best products on our niche market.
GAV: What are the strong points of Bastacasinobonus.se and what makes it stand out from the other niche websites?
Jenny: I believe that it is our transparency. We are very open with how we grade the bonuses and the reader have an opportunity to see a completely objective list that is only based on the value of the bonus offer.
GAV: How did you start and what bumps did you have to overcome?
Jenny: We had been running the site without a clear plan for a while, trying to figure out what it was supposed to be. Once we figured out the direction the hardest part was to figure out how to grade a casino bonus. Should we go with the biggest bonus amount? Most free spins etc? In the end we decided to base it on theoretical value when playing starburst, and I think it was a good choice.
GAV: We have surfed your website and found some pretty quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing for you? How many casino bonuses are there on your website?
Jenny: We have an in house team of three writers (including me) that produce the content. We currently have 48 different bonus offer and casino reviews. We are constantly adding new casinos but we are actually being quite selective. We turn down a lot of casinos due to them not having them a good enough game selection or not having a european license etc.
GAV: How do you keep the content fresh and relevant when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?
Jenny: We mostly publish factual (I think that is the word I’m supposed to use) articles like new casino reviews and current promotions that casinos run. That way the content is relevant for our bonus site.
GAV: We are pretty sure that you receive messages from Affiliate Managers on a daily basis showcasing their products. You of course select them by the brands they work with; but what are your thoughts on how Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationships should be built?
Jenny: That’s an interesting question. The best relationships we have are the ones where we don’t have to be in contact with the manager very often, but still know that we can get a quick answer when needed.
GAV: How do you see the future of the online casino industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?
Jenny: Surely. Gambling has been around for ever and to think that it won’t be seems strange.
GAV: Name one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?!
Jenny: As an affiliate I would like a slightly better insight in to tagged players and administrative costs.
GAV: What advise you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry?
Jenny: Start small and try to build something sustainable.
GAV: Do you have a favorite celebrity?
Jenny: Not really.
GAV: Do you attend any iGaming/casino conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?
Jenny: No, I focus on content and leave the relationship building to the rest of the team.
GAV: What do you think the chances are for Eastern Europe on becoming potential gaming hotpot in the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?
Jenny: It’s possible but I don’t have any real insight on how things work in Eastern Europe.
GAV: Alright, here comes the fun part…., where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?
Jenny: Bucharest and Odessa seem like cool places.
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
Jenny: I’ll go anywhere once but I won’t go back to Budapest.
GAV: What is your opinion about GAV (GamblingAffiliateVoice.com)?
Jenny: It’s a good website that makes it easy to keep up with the industry.
GAV: Thanks for your time Jenny, we really appreciate it, all the best to you and if you have any newsworthy updates feel free to contact us!
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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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