Tom Wardman, Business Development Executive at Independent Content Services, offers affiliates advice about how to use content to drive engagement during the Cricket World Cup
The Cricket World Cup got underway last week and is expected to attract a global audience in the billions between now and its conclusion in the middle of July.
For online sportsbook operators, it is a huge opportunity to engage new punters while re-engaging existing customers with generous promotions and a great range of odds and markets.
Indeed, it has been reported that 34% of tickets purchased for the tournament have been done so by people who have never attended a cricket match before.
This presents tremendous upsides for affiliates who can use their skills as content creators to engage new cricket fans and push them towards the sportsbooks they are partnered with.
But to succeed, affiliates must put in place a clear plan of action and a detailed strategy to be sure they are targeting the right audience with the right content.
Let’s consider the audience that affiliates should be targeting during the Cricket World Cup.
The tournament has a global audience but is particularly big in India, where the sport is a national obsession. But with online sports betting largely illegal, affiliates must focus elsewhere.
This means tailoring content to meet the needs and expectations of fans and bettors in markets such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa where online betting is more widely available.
The good news for affiliates is that English is the standard language in these countries, so translation is not so much of a concern for content created around the tournament.
But what sort of content should affiliates be creating, and how can they use content to ensure that punters signed-up during the World Cup continue to engage with their sites afterwards?
It is important for affiliates to understand that they are not just competing with other affiliates, but also the major sports media brands, some of whom also offer sports betting.
Content must therefore go beyond general news stories and include things like match previews and reviews, player analysis, interviews, stats and data.
More feature-based pieces are also popular, including top tens (scores, best LBWs, comebacks, etc) as well as input from pundits and former players.
While most of this content will take the written form, affiliates should also create and publish audio and video content as this can unlock even higher levels of engagement. These are particularly good to share on social media.
Take audio, for example. Affiliates can partner with content providers to offer live, ball-by-ball match commentaries that their readers can listen to.
This allows readers and potential punters to stay engaged with the tournament if they are unable to attend in person or watch it on TV.
Broadcasts can also be tailored to individual affiliates to include calls to action that encourage listeners to sign up with particular sports betting brands.
For example, “England are now 2/1 to beat Pakistan. Sign up now at Sportsbook Operator A and receive a free bet.”
In addition to radio, affiliates can provide audio blast score updates, analysis bulletins and even podcasts. All of this can be done very cost-effectively.
It is really about helping the audience remain engaged with the Cricket World Cup via the affiliate site wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
They may not bet all of the time, but with regular calls to action built into audio content, when they are ready to sign-up to a sportsbook and bet, they are more likely to do so via the affiliate.
Affiliates wanting to offer something truly exciting should also plan for video content as this allows them to leverage the phenomenon of second screening and also the power of social media.
Content providers such as ICS offer cost-effective video in the form of match previews and reviews, video blasts and score updates, plus Gillette Soccer Saturday style shows.
Again, this content can be tailored to individual affiliates and include bespoke calls to action that drive viewers back to their sites and to the sportsbook brands they work with.
The other great thing about video content is that it is sharable across social media, and delivers high levels of engagement. This in turn drives brand awareness among new audiences.
Of course, the real challenge for affiliates is ensuring any new players remain engaged after the Cricket World Cup – this is often easier said than done.
But content is a powerful retention tool. Once the tournament is over, affiliates should put together a content plan for the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League as well as the Ashes.
The key thing to remember here is that 50-over cricket is different to 20-over or Test cricket, and you can’t always assume there is a mutual interest.
But so long as the quality and variety of the content is on point, and ensures that players remain connected to the affiliate’s brand, there are plenty of opportunities for retention.
The Cricket World Cup is one of the largest sports tournaments in the world, and smart affiliates that prioritise content will be hitting for six now and throughout the year.
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.”
Crash course for becoming a master in Casino Affiliate Marketing
Online casino culture is immensely popular. With the increasing popularity of online casinos, another profitable device is also getting popular, known as online casino affiliate websites. A casino affiliate works alongside an online casino in promoting their business in return for a commission. In some cases, they may have experience operating an online casino. They provide all the details regarding gambling activities and other relevant information about a gambling site. So, the players can be well aware before taking any action. In this article, we will be discussing the basics, tips, and tricks of becoming an affiliate (casino affiliate).
Casino affiliates act as a mediator between the casinos and players. The casino affiliates get a tracking link for tracking the players who play or register in the casino. The affiliate program ensures to pay a business partner for bringing the players to the casino. Joining an affiliate program is simple as it does not require any sign-up charges. You are only required to have a website, to promote the various brand of online casinos by setting up banners and other related advertisements. Once the visitors click on the ad, affiliates start earning money. There are some essential factors to consider before joining an affiliate program.
- You must be sure that you are entering into a partnership with a reliable and reputed casino.
- Ensure that the number of commissions is processed timely in a safe environment.
Features of a casino affiliate
Sometimes it becomes difficult to spot casino affiliates and casino websites. Here are a few features that are applicable for casino affiliates only:
- Generally, casino affiliates have the same type of imagery and similar language to attract players.
- Affiliate websites do not have game catalogs like casino websites rather they provide reviews of online casino games and certain free demo games.
- Casino affiliates usually promote multiple casino brands with various logos, advertisements, and offers.
- The main goal of casino affiliates is to get players and sign them up for one of their casino partners.
Payment arrangements for Casino Affiliates
In terms of payments, there are two models that are very popular for paying affiliates.
- The first one is the revenue sharing model that ensures payment to a casino affiliate as a percentage of profit earned from the traffic generated by the affiliate in a month. In this case, the higher traffic is equal to the higher payment.
- The other model is CPA or cost per acquisition model. Here, payment is based on the users’ The online casinos pay the affiliates based on — whether a player signs up for a casino account or signs up and makes the first deposit. But in both the models, the income is based on performance.
Some casino operators provide only one payment option, while others can offer more than two. Before joining an affiliate program, an affiliate should understand certain restrictions, terms, and conditions to keep away adverse effects.
How to Become a Casino Affiliate
Casino brands always want customers from all over the world, and that is why they use casino affiliates to improve their prospective reach. It can be advantageous for the casinos to start in a country where a particular casino brand is not well-known. Various live casino sites are attractive to brands that seek information on their operations. After signing up for the affiliate program and getting an affiliate link, you need to get down to work. The affiliate creates content in different forms, such as text links, banners, and more.
Casino affiliates employ a wide range of interactive online platforms. They provide offers for attracting and retaining customers. But it is very important to do a thorough background or profile check before joining an affiliate program to understand whether the casino is reliable or a fly-by-night operation. If everything checks out, it is a potentially lucrative business to be involved in.
OMG Affiliates won the Rising Star at iGB Affiliate 2022
OMG Affiliates, a program developed by Vita Media Group, has won the Rising Star Award at the iGB Affiliate 2022!
The award night took place last night (April 13th, 2022) at the Troxy theater in London.
This is the first award for OMG Affiliates where one of the industry’s finest award organizations, iGB Affiliate, has crowned the team for its performance and achievements. The OMG Affiliates was shortlisted in one more category, Best Affiliate Program.
This is also the first award for Vita Media Group as a company and is a solidifying proof of the quality of the different products and business verticals developed under Vita Media Group. As a total summary of the award night, iGB shortlisted Vita Media Group in the Best Casino Affiliate category as well.
After a year where Vita Media Group grew the OMG Affiliates vertical through strategic acquisitions of the rewarded Trada Casino and Greenplay, a casino formerly owned by Codere, the plan for the future holds optimistic plans.
Through this achievement, Vita Media Group continues to expand as a one-stop solution to growth in iGaming.
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