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Affiliate Interviews: CasinoDaddy (Mathias, Anton, and Erik Joelsson)

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In this Affiliate Interview you get to meet the guys from CasinoDaddy (AboutSlots.com/DinCasinoBonus.se) You might already know them from this video… 🙂

 

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

Name: CasinoDaddy (Mathias, Anton, and Erik Joelsson)
Age: 29, 27 and 23
Hometown: Kristianstad
Living in: Kristianstad
Favorite Food: Pizza!
Must Read Book: Book of Ra Deluxe 😉
Profession/Job title: We are full-time casino streamers and affiliates, but we also have our own IT company helping Swedish companies build and manage websites.

GAV: Guys, tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourselves. How did your careers start in the industry? What was the key idea of developing these two great online gambling sites: About Slots and Din Casino Bonus ?

Like many people in the industry, we started out as players. We loved the different online roulette options, but as we grew older the industry behind them really began to interest us. Our number one goal has always been to enable people to play the games they love reliably, securely, and affordably. As affiliates, we are now able to make that happen.

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

Our websites are currently in a pretty good position, and it’s almost exclusively down to the quality of our content. Our Twitch and YouTube channels have helped them attract a lot of traffic, which gives us a major edge over competitors in our region.

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

The Scandinavian online gambling market is in a bit of a strange place at the moment. While we’ve seen player numbers increasing, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty in the market. Possible changes in legislation (specifically relating to the taxation of winnings) have cast a shadow over what could otherwise be considered to be a very strong market environment.

GAV: In your opinion what are the strong points of AboutSlots.com, DinCasinoBonus.se and what makes them stand out from the other Scandinavian niche websites/directories?

We put a lot of effort into managing and constantly improving both sites, but without a doubt their greatest strength is that they are supported by our increasingly popular Twitch and YouTube channels. Both channels attract a lot of viewers, and from there they’re exposed to both sites which helps the sites generate a lot of organic traffic.

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

At the start, the big bump that every affiliate needs to get over is finding their niche and setting themselves apart from the competition. When we started out we were new to the world of streaming and affiliate work, we didn’t have the same charisma on camera that we do today. But, as our audience grew, so did our confidence.

As we warmed to streaming we discovered that our personalities could be our niche. People liked watching us, and we liked talking to them. We formed friendships with our viewers, and there is now a massive amount of trust and loyalty between us and them. They use our sites simply because they are ours, and we do everything we can to reward them for their loyalty.

GAV: Congrats on your win on SlotsMillion’s Immortal Romance, where you cashed in a stunning €10K! Tel us all about that day… 🙂

The day started out much like any other really. We were streaming in the afternoon and talking with our viewers, and we had already been pretty lucky with some big hits that day. Anton was playing at the time, and when he hit the bonus in immortal at first he didn’t really expect anything out of the ordinary to happen.

It was quite funny because the huge hit came on the second-to-last spin of the bonus, and before that it had been well below average. As the spin came down Anton was even singing along to the backing song and swapping the words to describe how bad the bonus was going. When he saw the wilds and premiums line up, he stopped singing pretty quickly.

We heard him shout, and we came running over to see what he had hit. We all knew it was huge immediately, but the counter was going up slowly. It crept past 2000, up to 4000, and then it really started picking up speed. The higher the number went the more we screamed and shouted. It was an amazing moment for us, and luckily because we were streaming, it was all caught on video.

GAV: Do you still remember when you first gambled online?

I think all three of us remember our first experience playing slots. For Mathias it was almost 12 years ago now, and Anton and Erik both followed his lead once they were 18 too.

GAV: We have analyzed your websites and found some great quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you?

We write most of the content ourselves, but as our sites and channels grow larger, we have been getting a bit of help from a couple of freelancers. Between streaming every day, editing videos, and maintaining content on two affiliate sites, we have a lot of work to do these days, but we do it for the same reasons we always have—because we love slots and we love our community.

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

One of the major advantages of having big Twitch and YouTube channels is that you’re constantly engaged with your audience. We talk to them for hours every day, so we know what they do and don’t want to see. I think that fluff and nonsense mostly tend to get created when people don’t really think about what their audience will get from their content. But, because we are so close to the people our sites serve, that’s never an issue for us.

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?

Like any other relationship, the relationship between an affiliate and a manager is a two-way street. It’s something mutually beneficial that both parties can gain from if they communicate properly and work to understand each other’s needs.

In our experience, the quality of management can be a huge turn-on or turn-off for working with a particular brand. For example, if one of our players runs into an issue with the casino, it’s nice for us to be able to talk to an affiliate and resolve the issue for them directly. That level of care means a lot to us and our players, so the brands with the most helpful managers tend to be the ones we spend the most time promoting.

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

It’s hard to look at the future of online casinos globally, because attitudes to gambling are so radically different across different cultures. In the US for example, online gaming has become very tightly regulated, which has hindered its growth.

Players are ready to play, and we’re seeing player numbers grow every day. The scene is definitely set for a massive boom in the popularity of online gambling, but as we all know, there are more forces at play than just players, affiliates, and the casinos themselves.

GAV: What about the Scandinavian market’s future?

Our answer to the previous question is somewhat shaped by the potential legislative changes that we’re facing in our home nation of Sweden. Online gambling is very popular here, and the market is growing nicely, but there is a lot of discussion regarding whether winnings should be taxed, and people are beginning to worry about it. If anything like that does come into action it will present some major challenges for us, and all affiliates and casinos serving the region.

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

Just more frequent communication between affiliates and managers. All too often we only seem to talk when need something from each other, but as we’ve seen from some of our own amazing relationships, the real key to success is open, frequent, and mutually beneficial conversations.

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

Your first days will be some of your most important as an affiliate. Spend time thinking about what you can offer players that nobody else can. Identify your niche and make it your own.

GAV: Did you attend the first edition of NAC (Nordic Affiliate Conference), if yes tell us all about it?!

We did, and it was a great experience. The conference was in a very nice and convenient location, but unfortunately the attacks in Stockholm cast a bit of a grim shadow over the weekend for us.

We’re all really looking forward to the next one, and we certainly hope that it takes place in more favorable conditions so that we can give it our full attention and enjoy meeting with everyone to the fullest.

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

We’ve visited Malta for multiple conferences now, and we really love it there. It’s a great place, and it truly feels like the home of our industry. We get to meet with so many great people there, we can’t wait to go back.

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?

The demand is certainly there for it to become a huge gaming hotspot, but I think to make it happen we need to see more local investment from major international gaming brands. The region needs as many globally-proven casino brands serving it as possible, all with dedicated local support and affiliate resources—then its true potential can shine.

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

That’s a difficult question. It’s such an interesting and diverse region. Many cities have fantastic architecture, while others have amazing night life and are great for partying. I think ideally we’d love to take some time and explore all that the region has to offer.

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

We’d never rule anywhere out. I know some countries are less popular than others, but that just means there is greater opportunity for adventure!

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

We don’t really follow celebrity culture much. The closest thing we have to a favorite celebrity is world-famous explorer Rich Wilde (Although we only really like him when he’s sitting in a nice neat line next to his friends! 😉).

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

It’s a great source of information, and it’s been really valuable to us. The name itself says something very important, that gambling affiliates do indeed need a voice. It’s great that someone is providing it 😊.

GAV: Thanks for your time guys, and keep up the good work!

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

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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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