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Affiliate Interviews: Lee James Gwilliam OnlineCasinosVegas

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Lee James Gwilliam

Please meet Lee James Gwilliam, of OnlinceCasinoVegas and Commercial Manager at Blexr Ltd!

 

Name: Lee James Gwilliam
Age: 35
Hometown: Middlewich, Cheshire, UK
Living in: Sliema, Malta
Favorite Food: Steak
Must Read Book: East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Profession/Job title: Commercial Manager

GAV: Hello Lee, first of all, tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourself. How did your career start in the industry?

Lee: I ended up in gambling quite by accident! Despite being a keen poker player, I had no ambitions to work in the industry. I’d been involved in online marketing and affiliation in other sectors for many years and semi-retired with my own retail operation to Malta in 2011. A few years ago, I found myself needing to get a ‘proper’ job again and being in Malta, iGaming seemed a good fit with my e-commerce and content background.

GAV: We know little about Blexr other than it is an international performance marketing company, tell us all about it?

Lee: We’ve always preferred to be a private company, small but with a big footprint. We’ve various product verticals across casino, sportsbook, poker, bingo and financial services. I’ve actually just got back from the EGR Power Affiliate event at Goodwood where we are now ranked in the top 50 affiliates worldwide, in fact, top 10 in some of our niches.

The website you contacted us about, OnlineCasinosVegas, or OCV as we call it in-house, was an acquisition made by us rather than an in-house product. It’s one of our smaller properties but not to be underestimated. We bought it last year as part of a wider network from a very well-known UK affiliate and seasoned gambler.

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

Lee: What makes OCV stand out, is the very thing that made it attractive as an acquisition. So many modern affiliate sites offer just basic cookie cutter content, OCV was written by a professional gambler and although the design might be a little antiquated to modern eyes, it’s incredibly knowledge driven throughout. This shows through in the quality of the site’s audience and we think this will become even more important in the future. Serious gamblers want serious content.

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

Lee: More competitive than ever. Just a few years ago a few some companies, such as NetEnt, were miles ahead of the other developers. Now, you have a whole host of bespoke operations offering great game content and with VR and skill based games on the way these are very exciting times for both the industry and players alike. Sports betting too, with expansion into E-Sports and other niche areas is far more diverse than ever before.

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

Lee: Once, Blexr was a small affiliate like thousands of others, with a simple poker rake back site. This was successful and led to further acquisitions. The founders have been very careful to re-invest in both the company and its employees which has allowed us to grow to where we are today. Outside of the challenges faced when any affiliate business becomes ‘a real company’ rather than a small team, the biggest roadblocks were managing our migration into a full performance marketing operation instead of ‘just’ an affiliate.

Before several of the modern ‘super affiliates’ landed, affiliate operations simply didn’t have such a wide remit and there was no model to copy for structure. Building such a structure from scratch is a challenge that many have failed, fortunately, we didn’t. As a result, we now offer consulting in CRM, market research, marketing, affiliation and brand launch in addition to the direct acquisition that a stock affiliate provides.

 

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GAV: We have analyzed OCV 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 slots are there on your website? How about the your news section?

Lee: The nature of my current role sadly prevents me from contributing as much to content as I once did though I still mentor one of our writers and do a little key content to keep my hand in and stay match fit. We’ve a writing team of more than 40 people across the network and they are looking to add more slots to OCV in the coming months in addition to the several hundred already on the site. We’ve also been expanding the detail in some of the older articles and written some in depth guides for skill based games. The news section has fallen a little by the wayside in recent times but we hope to turn that back into an active blog in the future once we’ve dealt with all the existing articles.

GAV: How do you manage to keep the content always fresh and relevant on your website, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Lee: Hire experienced, well-trained and knowledgeable writers and then pay them well. Really, it’s not that hard when you break it down. A number of slots sites are just concerned about being first to market, they don’t even play the games they are reviewing, they write a preview based on a few screenshots available before launch. Whenever we advertise for a new writer we are inundated by ‘content-writer’ CV’s who’ve been working in the industry for years just on the basis they were native speakers. That isn’t enough if you want deep value content. It’s like auditioning for the national football team because you own a pair of boots and can kick a ball. Writing is a profession like any other and you want the best professionals who have put years into their trade.

GAV: With all the Google updates that we’ve all witnessed how do you guys approach SEO, content and of course generating good traffic?

Lee: Google is being very helpful to us just lately with its move towards prioritising ‘value’ based content. Fluff is yesterday’s content, just being first to write on a subject is barely enough to get you there and certainly isn’t enough to keep you there. The same applies to SEO, spam is dying, both content and SEO must be top notch for you to rank for good keywords and bring in good traffic long term. Things are biasing more and more to user value and this can only help people who are trying to do the job right. I’m not saying there aren’t plenty of tips and tricks or shortcuts still out there, but, the fundamentals are becoming ever more important.

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; but what are your thoughts on how a real Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationship should be built?

Lee: Literally hundreds, by 9 AM any given day my skype looks like a Christmas tree! A good AM(affiliate manager) will earn their employer a fortune, a bad one will cost them the same. It would terrify some operators to know how much an AM has potentially cost them at one point or another because a relationship went sour. That said, affiliates have a responsibility to try and help bridge the communication gap too and help AM’s gain experience.

I’ve accepted a speaking position at a conference later in the year on managing affiliate relationships from our point of view and am starting a LinkedIn series next week called ‘Friday frustrations’ to try and get some things out there from the affiliate standpoint. It isn’t fair that affiliates complain about the ways AM’s approach them and deal with them when they aren’t making any attempt to feed back the data – we want to do our part in correcting this and contributing to the industry.

GAV: Which markets do you target at this moment and are you planning to break in into emerging markets?

Lee: We are already a global network, with our reach approaching triple digits in terms of the countries we target for. That being said, we think emerging markets and newly regulated markets should be the big focus for affiliates and operators alike.

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

Lee: I think my point above indicates that to be so! Yes, some countries are way behind and others have stumbled due to regulatory processes but this will be and, in many ways already is, a global business.

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

Lee: Proper affiliate software between the affiliate and the operator. Transparency is the first step to rebuilding trust on both sides of the gambling industry and neither party can optimise their business with each other properly without full accurate data sets.

GAV: How about the UK market, is there still place to grow, what is your position?

Lee: The UK is one of the hardest markets out there right now amongst the premium countries. The existing, and future regulations facing both operators and affiliates only adds to the difficulty. However, this also creates opportunities for those companies which can navigate this and create stable, sustainable business models. It will be a tough market with lots of opportunity for the right businesses.

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

Lee: Have a niche and master it. There is a new casino every other day, white labels which are all but identical bar their branding. The brave and creative businesses which do something different are the ones we will be talking about as the next success stories in 5 years time.

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

Lee: I seem to spend as much time at networking events and conferences as I do at home these days. I’m a big fan of the IGB events and the EGR event recently at Goodwood was an exclusive treat. SiGMA, as our local conference, is very important and we will exhibit there this year. Their local networking events are impressive too and so is the new Affiliate Grand Slam concept.

GAV: Tell us about your experince at the Affiliate Grand Slam in Tallinn?

Lee: An excellent new take on the traditional affiliate conference, the second one coming up in Bucharest is only going to build on the first one. To have a small number of operators and a larger number of key affiliates improves the opportunity to take time over business discussions and keeps networking at maximum value.

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?

Lee: If you look at places like Malta and Gibraltar a key ingredient for success in a gaming hot spot is the support of a local regulatory body. Eastern European destinations have masses of opportunity for all areas of the industry both as operating spaces and markets but, the regulatory infrastructure needs work.

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

Lee: I’d really love to spend some time in Russia and Kiev is on my hit list too. I spent a lot of time in Romania last year and it’s my favourite country in the world right now. I wintered in Transylvania which was amazing and Bucharest is an incredible city. Will be heading back there this year for the next AGS event and probably again in winter for some much needed down time.

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

Lee: Never really been attracted to Bulgaria, though, I’d be happy for someone to change my mind.

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

Lee: I’ve had several good business mentors including our current founders. Celebrity wise I’d have to admit a liking for Kate Beckinsale and Robert Downey Jr is a modern icon.

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

Lee: It’s incredibly important for affiliates to have a voice in the industry and the GAV gives us exactly that! I think for new/smaller affiliates which are just starting out or attempting to grow resources like this cannot be underestimated.

GAV: Thank you for the interview Lee, enjoy the summer and perhaps we’ll meet at AGS Bucharest!

 

 

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7StarsPartners make it rain with the Iron Mike Affiliate Contest featuring a $100,000 prize pool

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Following recent articles announcing the groundbreaking collaboration between Rabona and Mike Tyson, the excitement continues to build as users are already seizing the opportunity to leverage the VIP Iron Offer, courtesy of the legendary boxer himself. This exclusive offer is empowering affiliates to skyrocket their earnings like never before.

Are you ready to step into the ring of affiliate success? Look no further because 7StarsPartners is thrilled to announce the Iron Mike Affiliate Contest, a game-changing opportunity for affiliates to soar to new heights of profitability!

In an electrifying collaboration between Rabona (exclusively promoted by 7StarsPartners) and the legendary Mike Tyson, affiliates now have the chance to harness the power of Tyson’s brand and Rabona’s dynamic platform to maximize their conversions. With a staggering $100,000 prize pool up for grabs, this contest promises to be a knockout success!

Krystal, Head of Affiliates at 7StarsPartners, shares her excitement: “We’re thrilled to launch the Iron Mike Affiliate Contest, offering affiliates a golden opportunity to elevate their success. With Mike Tyson’s iconic presence and Rabona’s cutting-edge platform, affiliates can unleash their full potential and reap incredible rewards.”

Taking part is as simple as ABC: from February 15 to May 15, 2024, affiliates can showcase their skills by driving sport FTDs via exclusive Tyson’s creatives, including landing pages available in multiple languages. Affiliates compete for top prizes, including a grand prize of $30,000! Whether you’re a seasoned affiliate or just getting started, this contest is your chance to shine.

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

 

ReferOn, a state-of-the-art affiliate program management system, was recognized alongside MioMedia affiliate program by the reputable Gambling Insider publication on the Affiliate Program of the Year 2024 shortlist.

The MioMedia affiliate program has seen significant growth over the past year, with first deposits up 190%, deposits up 76% and marketing spend up 147%. This growth in performance is due to transparent conditions and the attractiveness of brands such as MyEmpire, Neon54 and Slotspalace, known for their attractive gamification and design.

David Harris, B2B Affiliate Team Manager at ReferOn, noted the achievement: “Our partnership with MioMedia has played a significant role in their success. Thanks to ReferOn’s comprehensive analytics, we have enabled flexible affiliate models, which is one of the keys to growth.”

Helen Reginia, Head of Affiliates at MioMedia, commented on the nomination: “Implementing ReferOn into our processes has been a game changer. The platform has given us the tools to provide competitive commissions to our affiliates, ensuring a stable partnership based on trust, commitment and support.”

MioMedia plans to continue its growth and is preparing to launch new projects, which you can learn about at iGB Affiliate London 2024 from 6 to 8 August on stand E40. In turn, the Referon team will talk about upcoming technical innovations there, at the stand Q10.

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Golden Boomerang Awards 2024: Annual Global Traffic Tournament

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Boomerang Partners launches the prestigious Golden Boomerang Awards 2024 traffic tournament for affiliates worldwide. The competition will be held on a special landing where participants can demonstrate their expertise in driving high-value traffic while contending for grand prizes

The Golden Boomerang Awards is the first tournament organized by Boomerang Partners to reward affiliates who drive high-quality traffic to its online gambling platforms. Running from February 14th to May 14th, 2024 this exclusive tournament offers affiliates a prime opportunity to showcase their traffic generation skills, with the potential to secure booming rewards, including cash prizes, VIP benefits, stylish merchandise, and real gold trophies.

The tournament welcomes both existing and new partners of Boomerang. The new partners must submit an online application and receive a unique ID instantly. This ID ensures transparent evaluation of the traffic driven and sets the stage for a merit-based competition, as the Golden Boomerang Awards emphasizes a performance-based scoring system focusing on the quality and volume of first-time deposits (FTDs). Showing points tally rather than raw FTDs — there’s a leaderboard to track and reward affiliates’ efforts with prizes. The tournament also includes a bi-weekly rewards system with prizes like sleek new MacBooks, Semrush Business subscriptions, Go Pro UAVs, and other hot rewards for hitting key traffic milestones — all incentivizing participant results.

Additionally to these rewards, the most active participants will also be spotlighted across special categories:

  • ‘Best Sportsbook Traffic 2024’, Awarded to the affiliate that drove the highest quality and volume of sportsbook traffic,
  • ‘Best Casino Traffic 2024’, Awarded to the affiliate that drove the highest quality and volume of casino traffic,
  • ‘Best Quality Traffic 2024’, Awarded for delivering overall exceptional quality traffic to Boomerang Partners’ brands,
  • ‘Rising Star 2024’, Honors a newer affiliate who showed outstanding growth and performance — overall four additional categories recognizing more winners with golden statuettes,
  • and much more.

The prize distribution will culminate with the three top golden statuettes: all finishers in the Golden Boomerang Awards tournament will each receive a lustrous, heavyweight Gold Boomerang statue — an industry representation of joining the top tier of affiliate marketing talent, — along with a VIP access pass to the glamorous invite-only Boomerang Awards Grand Ceremony!

As Boomerang Partners CEO Vitalii Prokofev notes, “Making balanced and fair rules in our tournament, we aim to measure an affiliate’s ability to bring value to any partner program effectively. The Golden Boomerang Award thus objectively recognizes those with true best-in-class traffic generation skills — a mark of top-tier affiliate talent. Winners of the Boomerang Award are revered as high-performance leaders, setting a standard for the industry.”

But the best part is reserved for last: the Golden Boomerang Awards on June 1st, 2024 will host the top 30 finalists — highest-performing participants based on tournament results — inviting them for an unforgettable Grand Ceremony experience in Cyprus. Beyond the glamorous accommodations, these VIPs can expect incredible networking with the industry’s best, a brilliant awards ceremony, an A-list entertainment lineup, and an afterparty with unbeatable presents and surprises, as well as many other activities before and after the main event. The invite-only grand finale promises to be the highlight of the year, celebrating the annual Golden Boomerang Awards tournament in a spectacular style.

The Golden Boomerang Awards 2024 intends to bring together world-class affiliates in a competitive yet collaborative setting that rewards driving quality traffic on an annual basis. The tournament signup opens on February 14th and continues past the finale on May 14th, 2024. While later registration is possible, joining earlier allows more time to drive traffic and boosts chances of success. Interested partners can join the exciting journey, demonstrate their expertise, and claim their share of rich rewards at GoldenBoomerangAwards.com

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