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Exclusive Q&A with Jeton Kodia Co-Founder at Oddspedia

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Let’s start with a few words about yourself. Our readers love top executives talking about themselves.

My name is Jeton Kodia and I have been in the gambling business since 2009. I became an iGaming affiliate when I turned my hobby into my profession. Gambling is part of my life – I love betting, casino games, and poker. Additionally, with my first name Jeton, it was somehow destiny that I had to step into this industry. I am addicted to football, and I had to lose quite some bets on my favorite team until I learned that when you want to take betting seriously, you need to refrain from your emotional attachment to a particular team and turn your attention more to comparing the odds. Besides football and pro sports in general, I bet on pretty much anything with my friends. This ranges from prop bets about winning at Playstation games to whether my first child will be a boy or girl. There is always something going on in my life which we can bet on.

Now on to Oddspedia. What led to the founding of Oddspedia?

As I already hinted at before, I wanted to focus more on the odds at sports betting. Therefore, I teamed up with Jan, whom I know since we were 18 years old, and who is equally passionate for sports in general and football in particular. Together, we co-founded our company and website Oddspedia. The main goal of our company is to provide valuable, competitive and user-friendly services for sports betting fans, players and publishers. Since its inception and over the course of several years, Oddspedia established itself as one of the biggest international affiliates in the sports betting world.

Could you elaborate on the cutting edge that Oddspedia possesses? There are other companies that offer similar services. What makes Oddspedia “the number one sports companion” of punters?

The website aims to provide as much value to the user as possible, and the information is conveyed in a manner to ensure a great user experience. It starts with guaranteeing a reliable odds comparison – odds on Oddspedia are being scanned in real-time across more than eighty bookmakers to ensure that only the most up-to-date data is displayed. This is complemented by features not commonly found in competing websites, such as geolocation to show only relevant betting sites for the user, direct links to bookmakers’ betslips, full odds movement history and various betting tools. This is part of what makes Oddspedia one of the best sites for odds comparison. But as a matter of fact Oddspedia offers much more than that. The website has amazing sports coverage as well, providing livescore information on more than 30 different sports. Users can also explore sports statistics, bonuses and promotions, or read the latest news on their favourite leagues, teams and matches. All of this wrapped in an app-like web experience, with quick performance and a state-of-art modern design makes it easy for Oddspedia to stand out from its competitors.

You recently overhauled the Oddspedia website. What are the new features that have become user favorites?

In August Oddspedia had the biggest makeover yet with its relaunch. The new version was in development for more than a year, and enabled the development team to apply new tools and technical innovations that were simply not possible on the old site. Major front-end and back-end changes were done to improve the user experience, and the new UI provides much more natural and polished user flow. To ensure seamless operation, updates regarding back-end software, systems,  processing odds nodes, and new integrations are introduced almost on a day-to-day basis.

You have also launched widgets for webmasters and digital publishers which help them monetize their website through affiliate marketing? Tell us more about the widgets and process of monetizing.

One of the main issues from editors, publishers and affiliates is providing real time data to their customers. Is extremely hard to find a proper way to do it. The Oddspedia Widgets fill the gap between the sports data feeds and the operators.

For editors, the Oddspedia Widgets have been developed as a real “all-in one” solution. These tools can be implemented into any site by simply pasting their code, providing that site’s users with real time odds data. Publishers can benefit from the live information by not only providing their users an odds comparison widget for free, but they can include their affiliate link to the respective bookmaker. Clicks are simply shared on a 50/50 basis. The way the split works is that the widgets rotate with two links, one for the publisher and the other for Oddspedia which will be applied with equal chance.

 Publishers will get real time sports data without any cost for them, at same time they offer that to their customers and readers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the betting and gambling companies, especially the traditional forms of betting and gambling. It is not yet done yet. How have the lock-down and social distancing measures affected your business?

In every crisis there’s an opportunity. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact all over the world and on our daily lives, with many businesses in almost every industry feeling the pinch. That’s no different with the gambling industry, as most major sports were suspended in the first lockdown during spring time.

At Oddspedia we expected that the interest in sports will even grow bigger in times of social distancing and isolation. But with the vast majority of sports canceled we had to find a way to react to the situation. We focused on increasing our sports portfolio and cover almost any event going on worldwide. As crazy as it sounds, the matches from a Table Tennis tournament in Russia were checked over a million times on Oddspedia.

There are still positives that can emerge from the pandemic, with virtual sports and esports being one of them. Virtual Sports truly boomed in interest. Esports betting is a vertical in the industry that was already rising in popularity before the outbreak. But now, it’s well on its way to establish itself as a major offering for operators and affiliates, which is set to continue even after we come out the other side of virus lockdowns.

It has been seven years since Oddspedia was launched. Most of these times, you focused mainly on Europe, especially the German-speaking countries. You are now venturing in to South America. How has the user response so far from the Latin American countries, who certainly love their football? Any plans to start operations in Asia?

Our entry into the South American market has been very successful. The audience there is extremely passionate about sports and betting, and they show a great demand for our product. Of course, we provide local users with well-targeted information from local bookies in their native language. We began with the integration of Spanish and Portuguese languages for our product, then we structured our content to be as engaging as possible for local users. It’s no secret, that for users from Brazil, as well as for other Latin American countries, football is the most popular sport. So when entering our website, we meet users with the most interesting football matches from their local leagues. These are shown first and then followed by popular worldwide championships.

This personalized approach is very successful and we have good and stable traffic coming from these countries

Several Asian countries, like Japan for example, are very interesting for oddspedia, as well. However, we deem it highly important to find the right partner when entering a country like that. It is crucial to have the right partner who is fond of the language, can translate and adapt to the correct betting terminology, and possesses local SEO knowledge. We envision to grant sublicenses for oddspedia if the right company to partner with comes knocking on our door.

The technology is moving at an unimaginably high speed. How do you think artificial intelligence and machine learning would impact the betting industry, and specifically the odds comparison

Automation based on machine learning has been key within ecommerce for years and the igaming industry should apply insights gained in other sectors. Offering a personal user experience in a responsible environment comes from understanding and catering to each individual player’s needs from an entertainment point of view. AI is a type of software or hardware that learns – and it could be programmed to learn mostly about users and their behavior and utilize those insights to drive the developments of new, hyper-personalised gaming and internet betting experiences. The technology is being applied to learn our habits, our likes, and our relationship patterns. Online gaming is an industry that runs on data, such as results, stakes, percentages, odds, stats, and so on. All of these numbers are constantly crunched, calculated and analysed behind every major gaming platform. For this reason, ML is actually playing a growing influential role in the sector, changing the game for both online gaming businesses and their players

Finally, what would be your key advises to any new entrepreneurs starting something new in the gambling industry or affiliate marketing sector?

Don’t start something just on your own if you are a newbie. First, dip your foot in the water and gain some experience in the industry. I would recommend starting with a job at a bigger affiliate company or in affiliate marketing at an operator. If you are smart, you can learn a lot quickly and avoid a bunch of costly mistakes you might have made otherwise. In the next step, you can try out your own ideas. By then, you already have a sound understanding of the industry, which allows you to make even better products right from the beginning and the timeframe until you are able to realize a return on your investment is likely to be much shorter, as well.

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

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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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Checkd Group and William Hill claim Marketing prize at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

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Checkd Group and William Hill took home the top prize in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category at last night’s iGB Affiliate Awards 2024.

The team picked up the award for the ‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ video series, which has been a major hit across its 50 episodes with its high-profile guests presenting insight, opinions and anecdotes.

Star guests on the show have included Graeme Souness, Duncan Ferguson, Robbie Fowler, Karl Robinson and Simon Jordan, with the judges impressed by the way that the content reached an audience of over 26 million during the judging period.

Will Tyrrell, Director of UK Media at Checkd Group, said: “‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ has been a big hit for audiences and William Hill alike and the formula of insightful chat and opinion has worked very well. It’s fantastic to gain recognition for our efforts once again and we look forward to taking the show forward to even greater heights in the future. “

The iGB Affiliate Awards celebrates the best innovations, successes and contributions from across the industry.

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