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The Outlook for UK iGaming Affiliate Marketing in 2021

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The iGaming industry can be quite lucrative for affiliates who know how to make the most out of available affiliate programs. UK online gambling brands from sportsbooks to casinos and everything in between rely on all types of online and offline advertising strategies to acquire and retain customers. Affiliate marketing is one such strategy that has evolved in importance over the years. This evolution is likely to continue in 2021.

Even though 2020 has been a rather rocky year due to COVID-19, iGaming affiliate marketing share in 2021 has the potential to grow with new online UK bookmakers establishing (and big-name online UK bookmakers re-establishing) a foothold in the profitable football betting market. Already, brand new bookies are starting to appear with the 2020/21 sports season set to begin. These new bookies mean the potential for more affiliate marketing opportunities because affiliate programs tend to be one of the most cost-effective methods for acquiring new customers.

 

Affiliate marketing spend has increased over the years

For sportsbooks and casinos, over the last decade, affiliate marketing has become an increasingly important marketing strategy for expanding their online reach to attract new punters via desktop and mobile channels.

According to a Regulus Partners report, in the past few years there has been massive growth in UK gambling online marketing spend, which increased form £376 million in 2014 to £725 million in 2017. As such, it comes as no surprise that this same report found that there was also notable growth in Affiliate marketing spend, with an increase from £274 million in 2014 to £295 million in 2017. This is quite the jump considering that affiliate marketing typically tends to be one of the least expensive forms of advertising.

It is highly probably that these figures will continue to climb higher into next year as more of Britain’s gamblers choose to bet online out of convenience, ease of mobile access and the pandemic crisis.

 

Current iGaming Affiliate restrictions

Presently, gambling online in the UK is at an all time high. According to the UK Gambling Commission’s gambling industry statistics covering the period between October 2018 and September 2019, gross gambling yield has grown. More specifically, some of the biggest increases have been seen in the remote (online) betting, bingo and casino markets. Focusing on betting specifically, the total gross gambling yield for remote betting during this time period was £2.1 billion, a 4.3% increase from April 2018 – May 2019.

However, while this may be good news for gambling operators and their affiliates, a growing concern about increased problem gambling and gambling addiction in the country, has lead to a call for tighter regulations to be placed on operators, specifically restrictions regarding advertising.

This isn’t the first time that restrictions have been placed on UK gambling-related advertising, including iGaming affiliate marketing. Three years ago, tighter regulations were placed on operators, making them liable for the actions of their affiliate partners to help try and curb advertising misleading information. This has resulted in betting firms being hit with fines rather than their affiliates when their affiliates advertised misleading information about the firm’s promotions.

These stricter guidelines were designed to motivate gambling operators to encourage their affiliates to stick to advertising regulations, otherwise the operator would be held responsible if the advertising was found to be in breach of Gambling Commission rules.  As a direct result of these rules, some firms closed their affiliate programs altogether, including Sky Bet, who didn’t want to take a chance with untrustworthy affiliates.

 

What the future could hold for iGaming affiliates

However, in spite of the current affiliate marketing regulation responsibilities placed on operators, some feel that this is not enough. It is possible that, in the future, the UK government may take the next step and regulate iGaming affiliates directly. If this should occur, it could mean that affiliates would be required to register or license their operations before deals can be made to promote legal sportsbooks.

These changes could impact affiliates by introducing new:

  • Regulation costs – A fee may need to be paid by affiliates to be regulated.
  • Legal requirements – Affiliates would be required to ensure regulatory compliance, meaning that if they breach rules they would also be subject to a fine along with the operator.
  • Increased acquisitions – Smaller affiliates are not likely to survive with the new regulatory changes, making it easier for larger affiliates to purchase them, reducing competition.

There is no question that if the Gambling Commission chooses to crack down further on affiliate marketing, this would have an effect on iGaming affiliate market share in the future. However, as it stands now, with new online bookmakers popping up onto the scene and the new football season ready to start, the outlook seems bright for iGaming affiliates in 2021.

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SKILLONNET AFFILIATES TO RALLY BEHIND SAFER GAMBLING WEEK

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EGO (EgamingOnline.com) affiliates partners will drive conversation about safer gambling this October

EGO (EGamingOnline.com), the affiliate program for SkillOnNet’s network of proprietary online casinos, is urging its affiliate marketers to embrace Safer Gambling Week.

With the aim to stimulate conversation around safer gambling, the industry-led annual event will take place between 17th and the 23rd October. Organisers are asking the whole of the UK gambling industry to participate and to help drive awareness of how to approach gambling more safely.

All SkillOnNet brands will be involved, including PlayOJO, Slingo, Genting Casino and SpinGenie. And EGO is asking its affiliate partners to get in on the act, too.

Affiliates will be carrying a Safer Gambling Week banner on the homepages of all UK-facing casino sites for the duration of the campaign. Those who regularly mail their database of players or members have been asked to send a Safer Gambling Week email during the week.

Additionally, affiliates will be following and liking Safer Gambling Week Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and have been asked to share or repost a selection of Safer Gaming Week posts on all relevant social media channels at least once during the campaign.

Those concerned about their gambling can visit the Safer Gambling Week website now to get advice and learn about resources available to help them stay in control.

Michael Golembo at SkillOnNet said: “Safer gambling has always been a watchword for SkillOnNet and we have always expected the same of our EGO affiliate marketing partners. They have always done a great job of arming players with the tools and knowledge they need to make responsible decisions and informing them about resources available if gambling becomes a problem. But let’s push that message even harder during Safer Gambling Week.”

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Steps to Have Strong Blackjack Skills

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Who does not know the game of blackjack? Maybe it is difficult to find such people. No wonder! This iGaming product is among the most playable in the industry of online casinos. The reason is that it is full of excitement and fun. While some gamers believe that blackjack is a game of fortune, other players think about tactics and strategies for playing this amazing game.

It is very important to deal with the fundamentals of this gambling product before diving into it. We prepared some effective steps that will help you to be as close as possible to the winning money prize at blackjack.

Basics is a foundation

General rules of any blackjack including blackjack online game in Australia are the must for players especially if they are the newbies in the iGaming world. They should keep in mind the fact of facing up two cards at every start of this game. Speaking about the dealer it is essential to remember that he also has two cards but one is up, another is down its face. After the player should do one of the options (case in point, Aces splitting).

These are just a few examples of general cases of blackjack. At the first glance they are so simple. But it is a key idea to practice every point of them.

Learn diversity of strategies

There are plenty of strategies for gambling blackjack online including those that were developed for real money online casinos. You can read about such gambling platforms here toponlinecasinoaustralia.com/online-casino-australia-legal-real-money.

We recommend looking through the best blackjack strategies and finding one that will be suitable for your game and needs. Of course, you can add or change something in the strategy of your selection.

Try live games

The games with live dealers are so attractive. You can get an experience of a real casino sitting on your sofa with a glass of cold drink in your hands. Speaking about online blackjack it is about being at the table with the live dealer, taking one of five seats and seeing more cards that were dealt. In addition, you have a perfect chance to learn charts with strategic cases while you are waiting for your next hand.

It is known that the study process will go more rapidly in the online environment with dealers and other players. You will see cards in different positions and in different circumstances. It will improve your game for sure.

Use bonuses

Take into account the programs of bonuses and special promotions that are offered by online casinos. Moreover, these bonuses depend on the term of your playing on the online gambling platform.

So, you can use a welcome bonus that will be presented for registration, bonus coins for the minimum depositing. But before using them, learn carefully all terms and conditions of the website. There you will get essential information about the size of deposits (minimum and maximum), requirements of wagering and other important facts.

Bottom lines

We presented just some of the steps on the way to successful blackjack playing. If you follow all these points and combine them with other information you will create and develop your own way of gambling blackjack online. In addition, we want to say that this game is pretty funny and simple to understand, so you will have no difficulties with the game of blackjack. But play safe and responsible.

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AstroPay expands services with the launch of Global Affiliates Programme

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AstroPay expands services with the launch of Global Affiliates Programme

 

AstroPay, the online payment solution of choice for millions of users worldwide, has launched a flagship global Affiliate Programme to provide revenue generating opportunities to individuals and businesses that want to generate online income and grow their business. The new programme is aimed at increasing AstroPay’s consumer base worldwide, while ensuring that those who are professionally dedicated to affiliate marketing can rely on a solid partner to thrive.

AstroPay launched the programme to enable affiliate partners access to special deals where they can generate income on an ongoing basis for every new user that joins the payment platform. The programme offers up to 20% revenue share commission, as well as dedicated teams and expertise on sales conversion. Affiliate partners will be able to rely on multilingual support and local experts for any of their needs and will also benefit from the AstroPay payment platform/solutions that have been tested and optimised for cross-border payments.

AstroPay will welcome a diverse range of partners including platforms, comparison sites and content creators in the payment industry as well iGaming, forex trading, and many others.

The programme will be available across countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe where AstroPay is available, and through hundreds of merchants that offer AstroPay as a payment option.

Leonardo Alonso, Head of Affiliates at AstroPay, said: “I am excited to see our new programme go live today. The Affiliate Programme is a new way of doing business with AstroPay. All those who are professionally dedicated to affiliate marketing will be very welcome and we look forward to working together and rewarding partners with a robust partnership that provides added value through an alternative way to continue growing their business.”

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