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Affiliate Interviews: Kajsa, CEO of Casinosverige.me

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Here is the latest affiliate success story starring Kajsa, who’s in the industry since 7 years already and manages Casinosverige.me a well known platform for all Scandinavian players.

GAV: First of all thank you for the opportunity Kajsa! Could you share with us your profile so our readers can get a better idea of who you are?

 

Name: Kajsa
Age: 32
Hometown: Varberg
Living in: Varberg
Favorite Food: Indian or a good steak
Must Read Book: There are so many!
Profession/Job title: CEO

 

 

 

 

 

GAV: Kajsa tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourself. How did your career start in the industry? What was the key idea of developing this great online gambling site?

Kajsa: Well, I am an ordinary woman living on the west coast in Sweden. Since I was little I’ve always had a sense of business and a big interest in all kinds of sports and gambling. My career in this industry started about 6-7 years ago when i developed my first affiliate site about free bets on casino. Later on I moved  from just writing about free bets to create more comprehensive sites with reviews, promotion news and articles about the industry. Casinosverige.me was created back in 2013 and the goal was to give the visitors all information that is necessary when you want to start playing casino online. Also we try to answer all questions that a player might have in our FAQ since we know ourselves that there could be a lot of question marks when you haven’t played online before.

GAV: Since there are thousands and thousands of websites in this niche out there, where do you think Casinosverige.me stands now?

Kajsa: I think our site stands out well as the site has very good online visibility. We do our best to be profound when it comes to both reviews and articles. We want to provide our visitors everything they might ask for in a casino guide online. And hopefully we’ve achieved this goal even if we try to develop and become better every day. Also the site is very niched to the Swedish market which I guess gives some kind of safety for the Swedish people that are visiting the site. Another thing is that we are in constant contact with our visitors and always answer any questions they might have. We also provide support when there has been a problem between the player and the casino. Even in these cases when we’re not promoting the casino in question.

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GAV: How do you see the Scandinavian online gambling market/industry at this moment?

Kajsa: I see an expanding market but at the same time there are many question marks regarding a future regulation. The whole industry is waiting for a regulation where foreign companies can get licenses just like we’ve recently seen happen in both Britain and the Netherlands. But the market really has potential and there are more people playing online than ever before. Still there are much more to get and I think that we’ve only seen the beginning so it’s really going to be interesting to follow this market during the next years.

GAV: In your opinion what are the strong points of Casinosverige.me and what makes it stand out from the other Scandinavian niche websites/directories?

Kajsa: As I mentioned earlier in this interview we try to be as comprehensive as possible. There should be more to a good online casino guide than just a top list. So we try to provide our visitors with everything they might ask for in terms of articles, information about promotions, support, industry news, etc.

GAV: How did you start and most of all what bumps did you have to overcome at the beginning?

Kajsa: I started a site about free bets where I didn’t even had affiliate links in the beginning. I also wrote down my family’s horse racing tips so we all had a common platform for that. But I guess I first saw the potential of earning money when there was someone who wanted to buy a link on the site. At that time that was like magic happening right in front of me. I never could have guessed that there where ways to earn money that easily. Regarding bumps on the road I must say that I didn’t get any commission to talk about for 1 or 1,5 years. And to write on a daily basis could be pretty exhausting when you don’t get anything in return.

GAV: We have analyzed your website and found some great quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you? How many casino reviews are there on your website? How about the your blog?

KajsaContent is something that I valued since day one in this industry. This is the single greatest part that I found most important for a website. For about four years I did all content myself but as the network of sites has grown and I have less time I’ve had to outsource some of the content writing to others. But I still write content on a daily basis and I think this is something that will never disappear from my work schedule. Regarding the daily blog posts I have a very talented content writer writing these posts filled with current promotions at online casinos. But sometimes we add articles about the industry in the blog and usually I write those articles myself as I have great insight in the gaming industry as an affiliate. At the moment we have over 50 reviews about different online casinos. These are written by both me and my content writer.

GAV: How do you manage to keep the content fresh and relevant on your website and blog, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet non-stop?

Kajsa: We try to stay sharp and read all newsletters that are sent out to us on a weekly basis. By doing this we always have fresh information to provide our visitors with. Our visitors can expect us to have all the latest information when they enter our website. We also do our best to keep the top lists fresh and update when there is a change in a welcome offer or so.

GAV: We are more than sure that you receive messages from Affiliate Managers on a daily basis showcasing their best products. You of course select them by the brands they work with; but what are your thoughts on how a real Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationship should be built?

Kajsa: This was definitely easier a couple of years ago when there weren’t so many different companies in this industry. Nowadays you can get up to 20 emails a day from different affiliate managers and to be honest it’s hard to find the time to answer them all. And therefor it’s also hard to build new relationships with affiliate managers these days. But I think the important thing is that both you and the affiliate manager shares the same value. For me I am looking for long-term partnerships and I expect the same from the affiliate manager. I won’t waste time on creating reviews and building content about a brand if it’s just for a month or two. Also it’s a give and take situation. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a nice tone when there’s so much stress all the time. And all brands wants the same: more publicity. And it’s impossible to give that to all brands out there so the affiliate manager needs to give something in return in terms of loyalty for the deal, information about ongoing promotions etc.

GAV: How do you see the future of the online casino/gambling industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon? What about the Scandinavian market’s future?

Kajsa: I see big potential for this industry as we’ve only seen the beginning yet. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens as the market is growing but at the same time there is a consolidation going on where bigger companies buy more and more affiliates and casinos. But it will surely become both a global and a Scandinavian phenomenon. And I think we will see more and more countries regulate the gaming industry like we’ve seen a couple of countries have done already.

GAV: Do you have any advise you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry!?

Kajsa: Well, as long as you work hard and never give up anything can happen. Think positive, be optimistic and don’t care what others have to say about your dreams and goals. There is a lot more competition now than when I first started but still I think hard work always pays off. But don’t expect to earn money right away because then you’ll just end up getting disappointed.

GAV: Do you attend any iGaming/online casino conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?

Kajsa: I’ve attended most of the conferences although I try to stay home sometimes as well. But I’ve been to both BAC, LAC and AAC and this year I am also attending Sigma in Malta. So far the affiliate conference in London was the best one since it had most to offer and was the biggest one.

GAV: What do you think the chances are for Eastern Europe to become a potential gaming hotspot in the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

Kajsa: From what I’ve understood the potential of online gambling in Eastern Europe is very good now that a legislation is in order. I’ve heard that many operators have received licenses in a very short period of time so obviously the interest is there from both the operator side and the player side. We can already see some bigger casinos targeting this market and if I had the knowledge and was better at foreign languages I would definitely create some affiliate sites targeting Eastern Europe.

GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?

Kajsa: I’ve actually only been to Bulgaria when it comes to Eastern Europe so most other countries would be a new experience for me! But I’ve heard there are great SPA treatments in Estonia so maybe that would be my first place to go.

GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?

Kajsa: I don’t think there’s a country that I wouldn’t want to travel to but maybe Poland isn’t my first choice if I had to pick one country not to travel to.

GAV: How about a favorite celebrity, do you have one one?

Kajsa: That varies a lot actually. At the moment I can’t come up with one single favorite celebrity.

GAV: What is your opinion about the Gambling Affiliate Voice? 

Kajsa: Gambling Affiliate Voice is a great portal for affiliates in this special industry. We need more portals like this where affiliates can gather and get the best and most important information about the iGaming industry. I find many of the articles written very useful and I also like that you offer groups where affiliates can share their experience. I like the transparency and I would definitely recommend others to visit GAV regularly. I like that you offer affiliates a context in a world where it can become quit lonely to sit alone in front of your computer 12 hours a day.

Thank you very much for your answers Kajsa, we appreciate it! All the best to you and if you have some news or updates that you’d like to share with us feel free to contact us!

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Ad Fraud and Affiliate Marketing Strategies: How Online Gaming Companies Can Transform Their ROI

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Ad Fraud and Affiliate Marketing Strategies: How Online Gaming Companies Can Transform Their ROI

 

By: Richard Metcalf, Global VP, Sports Betting & Online Gaming, TrafficGuard

 

Betting companies can adopt cutting-edge technology and offer the very best odds, but amplifying your brand is still difficult in a saturated industry. As a result of relaxing regulations, international players can break into an increasing number of new markets but reaching local target audiences can be a challenge. For these businesses, affiliate marketing is a vital channel in driving new user acquisition and some of the largest sportsbooks like Paddy Power and DraftKings are among those utilising the strategy.

With competition fierce, businesses are in a constant battle to keep costs low. Cost-per-thousand (CPT) payment models for traditional TV advertisements are progress towards paying for performance, but vendors still cannot guarantee that exposure will translate to depositing customers. Affiliate marketing provides a cost-efficient, low-risk alternative because businesses pay for conversions only.

But with money to be made, affiliate advertising fraud is rife and affiliate partners are likely delivering invalid engagement. If betting companies are looking to expand their user base and market amongst big players, they must improve their visibility over affiliate partners’ traffic.

 

Tracking Affiliate Activity

From smaller players to large conglomerates, there’s an exciting opportunity for betting companies to establish their presence across global markets. In the US especially, rapid legalisation across multiple states has turned betting into a million-dollar industry and created a profitable opportunity for overseas operators to move into the new market.

However, marketing globally can be expensive and driving brand awareness in a new location is often time-consuming and resource-heavy. With affiliate marketing, betting companies can create a network of partners from across the globe and easily access international audiences. This strategy is also much more efficient and expansive than physical marketing methods as it removes the difficulties that are tied to building a target audience from scratch.

Although affiliate marketing is a valuable marketing tool for increasing brand awareness and authenticity, affiliate management platforms aren’t prioritising fraud. The measures they put in place themselves are often basic and easy to get around and fraudsters can easily fly under the radar by taking advantage of the lack of protection. The nature of affiliate marketing means there is a disconnect between the promotion, analytics and payment, preventing companies from getting a holistic view of the fraud impacting them in addition to paying out for valueless traffic.

Affiliate fraud in the betting industry includes any deceitful action taken by a third party to exploit marketing techniques. This can include click fraud, where fake clicks are generated on ads to earn commission payments; or cookie stuffing, where fake cookies are placed on computers to hijack affiliate sales. Malicious affiliate ad programs do this so they can earn money from false clicks or sales and target high-investment marketing campaigns.

Research by Forrester revealed that 81% of advertisers include affiliate marketing as part of their marketing strategy. The growth of the market, paired with the increase in competition, is why many are turning to affiliate marketing. However, by being cost-effective through performance-based pay, there is an increased attraction from fraudsters. Sports betting companies are not well-equipped to address the problems they face with ad fraud.

Statista predicts affiliate marketing spending in the US alone will reach $8.2 billion by the end of 2022. With the vast amount of money involved, sports betting companies are a target for fraudsters.

 

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In order to prevent fraudulent traffic, betting companies must increase the visibility they have over affiliates. By keeping track of partners’ activity, including reviewing their demographics, reputation and quality of traffic, they can increase the quality of their affiliate partners.

Betting companies can do this using third-party technology that can indicate that affiliate scams are taking place in real-time to deliver the most reliable fraud protection. Intelligent software that uses behaviour analysis, such as machine learning, can track the volume of data required to deliver an accurate, instant analysis of which traffic is valid, invalid and fraudulent. Machine learning can identify granular details such as an unusually high number of clicks on an ad, or a high number of sales from a single IP address to confidently assess and deal with invalid traffic so the betting company doesn’t have to pay out.

With this data, operators gain the confidence to cross reference the engagement affiliates charge them for, prevent any partners from trying to outmanoeuvre them and safeguard their business against malicious activity. With more protection over advertising campaigns and a larger proportion of clicks coming from conversion-ready leads, companies can build cleaner audience groups from high-value affiliate partners.

 

Better Visibility, Better ROI

Reaching a market size of $231 billion in 2022, the sports betting industry is becoming increasingly attractive to international operators and fraudsters alike. If you’re running an affiliate marketing program, there’s a high chance you’re paying out for partners’ invalid traffic.

Only using the data your affiliate program partners declare means you’re at risk of being misled. Affiliate programs need to be monitored to avoid scams and program fraud. By understanding which affiliate partners are directing invalid traffic to their websites and charging a premium price for it, sportsbooks can optimise their pay-outs and exceed competitors’ efforts.

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Vita Media Group wins Casino Affiliate of the Year Award at the EGR Operator Awards 2022

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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.

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Casino Guru establishes Awards Project to recognize greatest industry achievements

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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.

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