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Affiliate Interviews: Roman from BonusBonusBonus

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In our newest interview we talked with Roman of Bonusbonusbonus.com, one of the most comprehensive online gaming information portals.

 

Name: Roman
Age: 38
Hometown: Vienna
Living in: Vienna
Favorite Food: Schnitzel
Must Read Book: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Profession/Job title: Manager

GAV: Hello Roman, first of all tell us and our readers as well, a little bit about yourself. How did
your career start in the industry? What was the main idea of developing this great online
gambling portal?

Roman: Hello! Well, I have been passionate about sports and betting since I remember myself. The concept of Bonusbonusbonus.com appeared gradually on my mind, when I realized that there was no similar portals online, where you could find all the information about anything related to betting and sports. With this idea I had decided to start BonusBonusBonus.com in 2006.

GAV: Since there are thousands of websites and portals in this niche out there, where do you
think bonusbonusbonus.com stands now and what is that plus that the other portals don’t have?

Roman: Quantity and quality of information. When BonusBonusBonus.com started, there were not so many portals out there. However, now there are plenty of them, but BBB will always standout, as through the years we gathered information which for others will take years to collect. And about quality, I would say most of the portals will provide information based on the affiliate commission they receive. We however, are presenting the bookmakers and providers the way they are.

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

Roman: With a high potential of development, even if restrictions become more and more.

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

Roman: Besides the quantity and quality points mentioned before, I think one of the strongest points is that we are not focused only on betting, or only on casino and poker. We have them all. So basically any gambler will find what they are looking for on BonusBonusBonus.com.

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

Roman: Starting was easy. Building up the website as a trustful resource was the difficult part. Basically, when recommending to our visitors a bookmaker or casino provider we are taking a huge responsibility. Preselecting, testing and researching on each provider to be presented, was the hardest part I would say.

GAV: We have surfed 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? You currently have 10 domains
under the same name, is it hard to maintain all of them?

Roman: Some of the content I write myself, but I also have a team of 3 people which contribute on maintaining the website on all the domains. Nobody said is easy, but we can assure that we totally dedicate ourselves to bring the highest quality content to our visitors.

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

Roman: Regular checking and qualified people that take care of it, is the key for it.

GAV: We are pretty 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. What are your thoughts on how a real Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationship should be built, and how not?

Roman: In my opinion, a good Affiliate Manager –Affiliate relationship should be built on transparency and communication. Lack of communication is mostly the cause of conflicts and misunderstandings.
Another important thing is flexibility. Affiliate Managers should be more flexible to Affiliates, as there are many types of websites fit for Affiliate. Let’s say that the Affiliate Managers should individualize each relationship with any Affiliate – it would work as kind of motivation as well.

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

Roman: Yes. I would say that casino and gambling are the most popular methods of entertainment. And this
will not change any time soon.

GAV: Tell us one change that you want to see in the online gambling affiliate ecosystem?!

Roman: Centralization and simplification of the system. Would be nice if on all affiliate accounts, there would be a chat where Affiliate could contact the Manager within the working hours, for any given questions. Things would run smoother like this.

GAV: Any advice you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this majestic
industry!?

Roman: Yes. Be careful where you bet, if you are a newbie bettor. If you are a newbie Affiliate – built first content which would make you standout, before posting too many banners.

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

Roman: Didn’t get the chance to attend one yet.

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?

Roman: I believe Eastern Europe will become a potential gaming hotspot only when their economy will be jump up. Nowadays, most of the Eastern European countries are having a low GDP per capita, which makes it difficult for attracting gaming providers. But if we speak about a possibility of making it, I would focus on Romania or Poland.

GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, any favorite country or region?

Roman: Russia, in St. Petersburg – I heard is a marvelous city. And Romania for their castles.

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

Roman: Ukraine.

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

Roman: Robert de Niro.

GAV: Tell us your opinion about the Gambling Affiliate Voice?

Roman: It is a great website – the ABC for any Affiliate with the latest news and greatest events. I would highly recommend it to any Affiliate!

 

Thank you very much for your answers Roman, we really 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.

 

Getting Instant Access

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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