You don’t hear this story everyday and most important, you don’t hear about April’s fools jokes on such level. Well, the guys at Lindar Media, who operate a couple of popular bingo affiliate sites such as onlinebingo.co.uk and twolittlefleas.co.uk, as well as actual bingo brands: circusbingo.com and pixiebingo.com, did it. They have managed to fool the top online bingo affiliates with the launch of a new bingo model called Square Bingo.
The story of the new brand’s launch is incredible and even managed to be quoted and mentioned by many. The games played and Imitation Game and managed to pull it off.
Below you can find the details of this prank and the outcome of it:
WHAT SQUARE BALLS SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ONLINE BINGO
After weeks of anticipation, Square Bingo finally launched on April 1, 2016. Except it didn’t.
Square Bingo was actually an April Fool’s Day experiment created by Lindar Media (that’s us) to gauge how the online bingo industry would react to a new, unknown and untested brand.
With just a few social media posts and a simple ‘Coming Soon’ page to the Square Bingo name, we were able to create a small but meaningful buzz among the country’s leading bingo affiliate sites.
But what does that tell us? Did a fictitious site shed light on some of the key issues affecting online bingo in 2016, and what did we learn about its treatment of the players that fund it?
THE IMITATION GAME
According to recent statistics from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), bingo sites had a Gross Gambling Yield (earnings retained by the operator after winnings had been paid) of £82m between November 2014 and March 2015. With such great rewards available, it is really any surprise that new bingo sites are launched on a monthly basis?
Well, we say new, but the majority of bingo sites are simply re-skins of older designs, intended to funnel players from one site to another with the promise of bigger bonuses and ‘original’ themes.
We operate a selection of networked sites ourselves and are also guilty of falling into this rinse and repeat cycle. But starting with the launch of Circus Bingo last July, and continuing with Pixie Bingo and Wild Spins, we are now trying hard to put our own unique mark on network software through the creation of distinguishable brands.
While Circus and Pixie are admittedly similar to each other, they are together much different from the 170+ other Dragonfish products – a trait that has been widely acknowledged by the industry:
“…to be fair they have tried to make it different and it looks totally different to anything else on this tried and tested network.” – Circus Bingo review, WhichBingo.co.uk
“…the site uses Dragonfish software but there is no way that we would be able to tell by looking at it. The new site uses a completely new template, and we have to say the site looks fantastic.” – Circus Bingo review, Bingoport.co.uk
“Circus Bingo is a Dragonfish network bingo site but is about as far from a standard Dragonfish skin as you could possibly imagine. The design of this circus and nuts themed site is absolutely stunning…” – BestNewBingoSites.co.uk
There’s plenty of room for operators to be adventurous if they want to be. Are players really crying out for another Welcome Bingo? We don’t think so.
Small steps, not giant leaps
PlayTech’s bingo variants and Tombola’s proprietary software aside, it has been years since an operator has offered a truly original approach, leading to genuine excitement when something slightly different arrives on the scene.
As a precursor to Square Bingo, PlayTech’s newest game, Cash Cubes, highlighted how even relatively simple changes continue to be celebrated as groundbreaking when it launched in March.
Then in April we saw 888Ladies launch playing card based, Flash Fives. Both of these games are essentially still bingo at their core; replacing the standard bingo card with a different object and speeding things up a bit.
How many more times will this concept be copied?
A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE
Probably the biggest surprise about Square Bingo was that the domain wasn’t already taken.
After all, the formula for dreaming up a bingo site name is fairly simple:
1. Think of any everyday object, event, location, shape, colour… anything
2. Add ‘Bingo’ to the end of it
Square Bingo was no different. We deliberately chose it to be as plain and uninspiring as possible. Other names on the shortlist included Ironing Bingo, Paint Drying Bingo, Car Park Bingo and Grey Bingo.
Despite the boring name (Boring Bingo, anyone?), and with little to show besides the suggestion of more angular balls, journalists and affiliates began to take notice…
Making Square Bingo look real was actually quite easy. As well as the compulsory ‘Coming Soon’ page, we used a selection of channels to actively build community excitement. Here’s a breakdown:
- Set up Facebook & Twitter profiles for Square Bingo (5 mins)
- Posted one Tweet per day – usually including a square-based pun (30 secs per day)
- Followed every bingo affiliate account we could find (5 mins)
- Retweeted the occasional piece of bingo news (10 secs)
- Set up a basic coming soon page (1.5 hours)
Our marketing even received compliments:
“This new site has a brilliant marketing scheme by keeping us all in the dark while at the same time giving us just a tiny bit of information to keep us coming back for more.
“According to the site… it’s going to completely change the online bingo world” really? Seriously, talking about dangling a carrot in front of us and then pulling it away!” – latestbingobonuses.com
Truth is, it probably totaled less than two hours work. Compare that to a real bingo brand in the weeks before its launch:
No history? No problem.
Thanks to our rather basic promotional strategy, we were offered affiliate and advertising deals for Square Bingo in March. Sites were willing to promote an unknown bingo brand with almost no confirmed information about the site.
Remember, Square Bingo was to run on a completely new platform (Shapesoft) and be operated by a company that even Google had no record of (CBWFL Media). Would there have been quality checks before our campaigns went live to safeguard players or was their experience being overlooked by the hundreds of affiliate sites desperate to cash-in on their deposits? It would certainly seem so.
World First Features
We updated Square Bingo on the first of April to include a list of (fake) world-first features, including the much-predicted square bingo balls, a spin the square bonus game and an exclusive partnership with a famous London landmark.
We sent a version of this press release to hundreds of people in the bingo industry, published news on OnlineBingo.co.uk and Two Little Fleas, and updated the Square Bingo social profiles. We were fortunate that our work in the lead up to 1st April kept people invested in the launch and allowed the scenario to play out in full. The whole thing could have immediately been called out as a joke, so why wasn’t it? We put this down to two reasons:
1. People were actually excited about the unlikely ‘innovation’ of square bingo balls
2. Affiliates didn’t want to harm their chances of doing a deal with us should the site not be fake – our players are worth money, after all
Sticking to the traditions of April Fool’s Day, we finally revealed the truth about Square Bingo at 12 noon.
Our reveal included a message to affiliates and an exclusive Circus Bingo deposit code, designed to appease any players who felt robbed of a new site. Then, something strange happened: coverage of Square Bingo began to disappear.
We were accused of everything from having ‘more time on our hands than we know what to do with’, to conducting a ‘publicity stunt to get new players though the virtual doors of the site’.
These were the same people who just hours earlier were outwardly expressing their excitement for the features being teased.
We were disappointed (but not surprised) that the exclusive Circus Bingo offer was ignored, despite it being live for a significant part of the day.
Many of our affiliates were informed of the promotion, but not one updated their site to let their players know. Surely if sites were truly offering the best deals for players, they would have actually told them about it? Apparently not.
People simply turned their backs on Square Bingo because it was no longer a way to make money.
THE FUTURE OF ONLINE BINGO
Square Bingo has reaffirmed our two major predictions for the future of online bingo:
1. The replication of tired experiences will lead to sites failing to build sustainable brands and loyal audiences.
2. Players will eventually resent being funneled between identical sites and flock to those with truly exceptional features, putting smaller sites at significant risk of closure.
We don’t know when the bubble will burst, but it’s surely only a matter of time, especially given ever-tightening rules and regulations.
UK Chancellor, George Osborne, recently unveiled plans to extend the General Betting Duty which would see operators paying tax on free bets like no deposit bonuses.
While the plans are still to be confirmed, they have the potential to immediately cut the profits of operators, leading to the possible abolition of bonuses altogether – one of the key differentiators between bingo sites in the current environment.
Some sites are already receiving negative feedback from disgruntled players over hefty wagering requirements; how long before they start rejecting them completely? What will attract players to a new site if there is no monetary incentive? This is the question that operators will need to answer.
The influence of affiliate deals on reviews
Affiliates are also responsible for driving the industry forward, but very few bingo portals offer genuinely honest and trustworthy reviews of bingo sites.
Reviews are instead based on the deals negotiated between sites and brands, leaving players without the insights they need to make informed decisions and making the ratings effectively worthless.
hat incentives are there for operators to create a new site of real value when its ultimate quality is determined by affiliate deals and welcome bonuses? Will we only see a rush of new ideas before the general betting duty is extended or will more forward-thinking operators step up earlier?
If the bonus culture was suddenly stopped, operators and networks would be forced to condense their portfolios and refocus on just a handful of sites.
Building new sites and moving players around comes at a hefty cost, so it makes sense to offer fewer higher quality sites and build a database of genuinely loyal players.
Who will take the first step and revolutionize the online bingo scene?
A BETTER DEAL FOR PLAYERS
The reaction to Square Bingo and its world first bingo balls highlights just how desperate the industry is for change.
We believe that it’s possible for operators and affiliates to provide a better and more rewarding experience for players in a way that remains profitable.
We’ve seen huge progress in the industry’s approach to responsible gambling in recent years. That same ideology and determination should be applied here too.
If we offer better – and expect better – we could all create an industry that is truly fun, fair and exciting for everybody.
It’s time to start thinking outside the box.
The article has been embedded from the following link: https://onlinebingo.co.uk/news/why-we-created-square-bingo
We have to stay it is a wonderful story and yet something to learn from in your are in the online bingo affiliate industry and why not the casino or sports betting. Imagine if there would have been bad intentions behind this prank….
Surebet247 Relaunches Affiliate Programme with Income Access
Affiliate programme for African sportsbook and casino brand will use Income Access platform
Surebet247, the Nigeria-based sportsbook and casino brand, has relaunched its affiliate programme with Income Access, Paysafe Group’s marketing technology and services provider. Powered by Income Access’ affiliate software platform, the Surebet247 programme will look to extend its brand reach within sub-Saharan Africa by optimising growth and acquisitions.
Founded in 2011, Surebet247 has dedicated years to solidifying both its land-based and online market positions within the Nigerian market. The relaunch of the affiliate programme coincides with its plans to expand its online presence into other African markets, including Kenya, Ghana, Benin and Cameroon.
In addition to its traditional sportsbook and casino products, Surebet247 also offers live betting, virtual games, eSports wagering and an array of features exclusive to the mobile offering. Each of these products benefits from Surebet247’s commitment to creating optimal user experiences through regular design enhancements, quality support and competitive odds. Surebet247 also offers its players a range of region-specific payment methods.
Affiliates of the Surebet247 programme will have access to expert affiliate management support to help leverage brand marketing materials and maximise conversions. Through this support, affiliates will also receive guidance on optimising their use of the Income Access platform by monitoring programme performance and obtaining strategic insights that can inform future marketing initiatives.
A well-regarded brand within the region, Surebet247 has established a strong reputation based on its sustained market presence and comprehensive knowledge of the local market. These factors contribute to Surebet247’s ability to collaborate with affiliates on a mutually beneficial, performance-driven approach to player acquisition and retention.
Surebet247 affiliates will be compensated through a competitive commission plan based on the number of depositing acquisitions. Further details of the structure can be viewed on the affiliate website.
Through recent updates to its website design and last year’s partnership announcement with Betradar, Surebet247 has continued to bolster its product offering. Complementing these improvements is a collection of assorted player promotions across casino and sportsbook.
Sheriff Olaniyan, CEO at Surebet247, said: “As one of the oldest and most trusted sportsbooks in the country, and now with new funding injected into the company, we are ready to make a bigger push to expand than ever before. The affiliate programme relaunch has been a long-standing project that will provide a strong holistic approach to our efforts, and one that will be enhanced for our affiliate partners by using a top-notch industry leader, Income Access.”
Tara Wilson, General Manager at Income Access, Paysafe Group, said: “We’re very proud that when Surebet247 decided to relaunch their affiliate programme they chose to partner with Income Access. The African market is obviously a subject of great excitement within the industry and we look forward to our platform contributing to Surebet247’s future efforts.”
To learn more about the Surebet247 affiliate programme, contact Surebet247.
Surebet247, which trades under the name ChessPlus International Limited, is an online and retail sports betting company (also offering casino, virtuals & live betting) with retail operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana; soon to expand to Kenya & Cameroon (among others). Currently only Nigeria for online.
Founded in August 2011, Surebet is renowned for their fast payouts, user-friendly interface, easy registration process, excellent customer support and variety of market betting options offered on different sports. We offer competitive sports betting odds and exciting promotions to our diverse customers and we also support and give back to communities where we operate.
Surebet247 is registered and licensed in all states of operations in Nigeria and is licensed and regulated through the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC); and are a supporter of Responsible Gambling (18+ only).
About Income Access:
Founded in 2002, Income Access is a digital marketing and technology company with an independent affiliate network. It specialises in providing affiliate marketing and digital marketing solutions to regulated iGaming, lottery, land-based casino and financial trading companies. Through its award-winning marketing software and a partnership-centric approach, Income Access delivers comprehensive data and strategic insight on marketing campaigns across all digital and offline channels.
In September 2016, Income Access was acquired by Paysafe Group, the company behind the digital wallet brands NETELLER and Skrill. Income Access is partnered with over 300 brands worldwide. These include: Betfred, Bet Victor, BGO Group, Caesars Interactive, Danske Spil (Danish national lottery), ETX Capital, GAIN Capital, IGT’s Lottomatica, Ladbrokes Coral, Jackpotjoy, Michigan Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Pinnacle, Sportingbet, Tote Ireland, and TwinSpires.
‘Pitch & Fix’ to make Affiliate Bootcamp debut in 2019
AffiliateINSIDER will launch Pitch & Fix speed networking sessions and a Business Coaching Workshop at next year’s Affiliate Bootcamp, held at Roman Abramovich’s extravagant personal nightclub, Under the Bridge, from 21-22 March.
The second instalment of the popular affiliate conference, held over two days for the first time, has been designed to help affiliates in the sports betting industry growth hack and gain expert digital knowledge around driving traffic growth to their sites.
The event, which has previously attracted sponsorship from key industry brands such as Paysafe’s Income Access, Buffalo Partners, Intertops, MyBet and BetonAces, has this year seen its headline sponsorship slot taken up by leading sports betting brand Vbet Affiliates.
Arsen Aharonyan, VP Operations at Vbet, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with AffiliateINSIDER to promote affiliate business growth. Affiliate marketing is vitally important for our business and this conference puts us in touch with over 100 active affiliates in a number of regions that we can do business with and that’s a perfect opportunity to expand our brand reach.”
“This year we are going bigger and bolder, with more than 150 delegates expected for a spectacular two-day bootcamp, specifically designed to support affiliate marketing and skills development,” explained AffiliateINSIDER founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone.
“As digital is constantly disrupting, we are striving to keep affiliates updated with new trends, and allow operators to get better connected to new and mid tier affiliates who are serious about doing good business but maybe aren’t directly account managed in a programme yet.
“Content is a key focus for our bootcamps, as is facilitating commercial negotiations for better business, which is why we’ve collated some of the brightest digital minds to share expert insights and cutting edge digital trends for delegates to implement in their businesses.”
Within the conference agenda, AffiliateINSIDER has introduced ‘Pitch & Fix’ speed networking sessions to help delegates make new connections, secure commercial deals and find skills they need to grow their business through approved and vetted agency suppliers.
Meanwhile, the second day will feature an ‘Elevate + Thrive entrepreneurial affiliate business coaching session’ – hosted by a leading UK entrepreneur and business coach, which will encourage delegates to focus on the competition and get in the right business mindset to drive revenue growth.
“The objective of this session is to help delegates adjust their mind set for entrepreneurial success,” added Johnstone. “Running an affiliate business is hard work; adjusting your mindset when challenges are faced is key to driving commercial growth in your business.
“This is unique opportunity for delegates in the iGaming affiliate community to take advantage of customised coaching which is generally readily available in our industry.”
This year’s speaker lineup includes a range of digital experts such as Square in the Air Director Robin Hutchison, Alex Burgess and Frankie Hobbs of GOAT agency, Ayima Chief Strategy Officer Rob Kerry and Duncan Thomas, Head of Innovation for Pomegranate – a leading UK agency specialising in the psychology of emotion within UX and Design.
- For more information, or to book your seat at this exclusive two-day digital accelerator Affiliate Bootcamp, please visit: https://affiliateinsider.com/affiliateinsider-bootcamp/
- For information on how to participate as a vetted agency or operator sponsor, contact the sales team at AffiliateINSIDER via email@example.com
LeoVegas Affiliates News November
New Norwegian Casino Welcome Offer
LeoVegas Affiliates will be introducing a new Norwegian Casino Bonus as of today, 19th November at 12pm CET.
The welcome bonus amount will be changing from 40.000 kr to 35.000 kr but the number of free spins will remain the same (220 inclusive of 20 registration spins)
The new marketing message is; ‘ Opptil 35.000 kr i velkomstbonus + 220 gratis spinn’
Please find the changes to the bonuses tiers below;
New 2 Tier- 1st Deposit
Deposit up to 999 NOK – 100% Bonus + 20 FS
Deposit 1000+ NOK – 150% up to 5000 NOK + 50 FS
New 2 Tier- 2nd Deposit
Deposit up to 999 NOK – 100% Bonus + 20 FS
Deposit 1000+ NOK – 200% up to 10000 NOK + 50 FS
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Deposit up to 999 NOK – 50% Bonus + 20 FS
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Deposit up to 1000 NOK – 50% Bonus + 20 FS
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Their Norwegian casino superlink will be updated to reflect these changes on Monday 19th and new banners will also be available, please contact your account manager or email AffiliateTeam@leovegas.com for the updated banners on Monday.
LeoVegas Player sets Joker Millions Jackpot Record!
One lucky LeoVegas player from Sweden has spun their way to a record-breaking jackpot win on Joker Millions, a slot from Yggdrasil.
We are extremely pleased to confirm that on the evening of Friday, 9th November 2018, one very happy individual found their fortune on one of our main progressive jackpot games. The lucky player from Sweden mastered the jokers for a monumental win of €7,832,262.02 playing Joker Millions and there’s more to this astonishing win than that!
This incredible sum of money is made all the more impressive as it is the highest ever recorded jackpot on this Yggdrasil slot game. The previous record of over €5 million was won back in July 2017. Even more amazing is the fact that this sum was won from a bet of 5 Swedish Krone – roughly 0.50c!
To celebrate the good news, LeoVegas is going to be giving away Free Spins to both new and existing customers, on certain Yggdrasil games from 16th – 23rd November .The player/s with the highest win with those spins, will win 500 in cash!
This campaign will run in all countries except IT ,UK,IE & DK.
For players looking for a jackpot…
Yggdrasil, who recently developed the exclusive Pirates: Smugglers Paradisefor LeoVegas, has a number of great casino slots available such as Royal Family and Vikings Go Berzerk. And while the jackpot in Joker Millions begins to rise once more, there are plenty of other jackpot games to choose from.
At this exact moment in time, the Mega Moolah jackpot is above €7.5 million, so if you’re looking to try and win a massive jackpot for yourself, this is the game to enjoy a few spins on. Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune both have sizable jackpots up for grabs too, so make sure to check them out!
Watch this space for more exciting news from LeoVegas!
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