ThePOGG.com Network has just launched its 3rd property, POGGWebmasters.com. Over the last 4 years ThePOGG.com has established a strong reputation for their thorough and professional approach to the management of player complaints, recently becoming the only affiliate model operation to receive Accreditation from the UKGC as an Alternative Dispute Resolution service. POGGWebmasters has been set up to extend this complaint service to affiliates.
“ThePOGG.com has done a great job of establishing itself as a very credible mediation and review service within the remote gambling sector. So much so that we became aware via forum posts and private communications that a significant number of affiliates were checking with our operator reviews on ThePOGG before selecting which program to work with. As time has passed we started to feel that there was a distinct gap within the marketplace for a resource that allowed affiliates to see at a glance how affiliate programs treated both affiliates AND players and another big gap in terms of a service where affiliates could gain help if they’d been mistreated. POGGWebmasters is our answer to these gaps.”
Affiliate Complaint Service offered for Free
POGGWebmasters is the first site to offer a dedicated affiliate complaint service. Building on their success and experience running ThePOGG.com’s player complaints service, POGGWebmasters provides a full complaints infrastructure to allow affiliates to submit a complaint, the complaint to be managed in the private manner which ThePOGG.com has demonstrated is most conducive to a positive resolution and finally a complaint report to be published to allow other affiliates to see the nature of the complaint, how it was managed and the actions that have ultimately been taken to remedy the situation.
Detailed Affiliate Program Reviews
Alongside the management of affiliate complaints full reviews have been posted of over 250 affiliate programs, with another 100 programs to be added in the coming weeks. These reviews focus on providing quality information to affiliates, presenting a breakdown of the terms and conditions offered to the affiliate – highlighting both positive and negative terms that affiliates should be aware of – and an assessment of the reputation of the programs with respect to their treatment of both players and affiliates.
Paid for Placement Model Rejected
POGGWebmasters is also the first affiliate community to reject the ‘paid for placement’ model for operators. To ensure that affiliate complaints are always managed with appropriate impartiality and that POGGWebmasters is free to take whatever actions they deem appropriate without restriction the site will not tie itself into ‘sponsorship’ type agreements. As such, instead of paying to receive premium advertising positions, featured program positions will be given to those programs that maintain an active representative within ThePOGG forum, contributing and improving the community and resources available to both players and affiliates.
POGGWebmasters aims to cover all types of gambling affiliate programs and for launch the majority of reviews tend to cover casino, sportsbetting and bingo and more will be added to cover lottery and poker. Out of about 300 affiliate programs reviewed upon launch, only about 50 have made the grade for being recommended.
Affiliates will also be able to gain links by posting on ThePOGG Network’s message boards, which will be significantly updated in the coming weeks. Three levels of Affiliate Membership have been set up allowing those affiliates that choose to work with stronger status programs to more easily gain rewards and incentives. Only affiliates choosing to work with Blacklisted programs will be entirely restricted from receiving links (and submitting complaints).
The driving purpose of POGGWebmasters is to help affiliates make more responsible choices in whom they choose to work with, both for themselves in terms of ability to earn money and for the players they send to the various operations they work with.
The launch of POGGWebmasters completes over a year of preparation that has seen ThePOGG Network extend its coverage of the gambling markets to include casino game strategies (POGGStrategies.com) and Affiliate Program reviews. The high quality information and wide coverage of various topics within the marketplace has turned ThePOGG Network into one of the most useful industry resources on the market today.
ThePOGG.com has been online since 2011 and is an online casino portal with nearly 1000 casino reviews that holds strict criteria for recommending a casino. Some of the standout features of the site include a UKGC Accredited Alternative Dispute Resolution service for player complaints and player terms and conditions monitoring. ThePOGG also offers a unique Deposit Guarantee service for their highest recommended casinos protecting players by giving their deposit back in the event of a unfair treatment. ThePOGG also does fairness reports and testing of various online casino games.
BonusFinder.com granted Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) membership
Cements company’s commitment to social responsibility in UK gaming affiliate sector
BonusFinder.com has been granted membership of the Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) body in recognition of its commitment to responsible gaming and player safety.
RAiG’s mission is to raise standards in the UK affiliate sector around responsible gaming, to foster wider initiatives to promote social responsibility and help to create a safer gambling environment for consumers.
Before being granted its membership, BonusFinder.com successfully completed a third-party social responsibility audit, ensuring it fulfils the association’s entry criteria as well as being compliant with a range of existing statutory and non-statutory regulations.
As a member of the RAiG, BonusFinder.com has agreed to uphold the Code of Conduct set by the association around social responsibility, business ethics and regulatory compliance.
The association was founded in 2019 with founding members including Better Collective, Oddschecker, and the Racing Post.
Fintan Costello, Managing Director, BonusFinder.com, said: “Ever since we started the business a year ago we have been firmly committed to ensuring the highest levels of compliance and licensing, with player safety our number one priority.
“Being granted a membership to RAiG further cements this pledge and we look forward to working together with the association and its members to share knowledge and experience and to ensure that best practices and standards are upheld in the affiliate industry.”
Clive Hawkswood, Chairman of RAiG, said: “We are thrilled to welcome BonusFinder as a member as we continue our work to promote the socially responsible marketing of gambling products.
“Our members want to go beyond what’s required and recognise the role that affiliate marketing providers must play as part of wider industry initiatives in the UK to promote social responsibility and a safer gambling environment for consumers.”
BonusFinder.com was founded in 2019 with a simple goal to allow people to “play with more” at their favourite casino or sportsbook and operates in several European markets and holds affiliate licences in five US states.
Digital Marketing Mixer partners with Ugenie.io and Publisher Discovery to provide extended new business and community networking
The Digital Marketing Mixer is a community based business networking event created by Lee-Ann Johnstone in collaboration with leading iGaming and Digital Marketing partners such as GPWA.org, Affpapa.com and Affiliate Guard Dog amongst others. The event is designed to give digital and affiliate marketers an opportunity to develop personalised business contacts and the opportunity to keep abreast of what is changing in the affiliate and digital marketing industry.
NEW BUSINESS AND AFFILIATE PROGRAM GROWTH
This month, the event will expand its networking and business function by collaborating with two leading software platforms offering delegates expanded opportunities to connect in person and improve their affiliate outreach.
Ugenie.io is a private platform for communities and memberships with the benefits of facebook groups enabling delegates to communicate with one another both before and after attending networking and virtual events. Ugenie.io will also deliver an exclusive 30-minute MasterClass strategy session for delegates at this month’s event about how Content Marketing is changing and how to use it effectively to drive better customer conversions.
Ugenie.io founder Susan Kabani says: “We are incredibly excited to be supporting the Digital Marketing Mixer event. Our philosophy at Ugenie is all about building quality relationships in both the real-world or on-line. We are thrilled to see and be a part of the work being done by Lee-Ann to empower her digital community to do more through these business networking mixers and bringing the community together to continue conversations and learning through it’s own business hub.”
Delegates who attend this month’s event will also benefit from an exclusive 30- minute MasterClass training on how to use content marketing to generate more leads for their website or business delivered by Ms. Kabani.
In addition to this, a collaboration with leading AI and Machine learning technology provider, Publisher Discovery has been secured. This SaaS platform gives affiliate managers a unique insight and analysis on affiliate programs across any market to help identify and engage new affiliates to onboard into their program. Using AI, the platform ranks and matches affiliates to advertiser’s specific needs
Chris Tradgett from Publisher Discovery said, “Publisher Discovery are pleased to partner with Lee-Ann, a veteran in the Affiliate Marketing sector to support delegates who attend the Digital Marketing Mixer. Our software helps affiliate managers to find the most relevant affiliate partners to work with and attendees of the June event will receive FREE trial access to the platform to review and find their best affiliates. “
Lee-Ann Johnstone said: ” This event has been curated to help my community get better connected during these uncertain times on a personal level. I really want to support affiliates and digital marketers to get access to expert insight, be able to collaborate with one another and help support new business development at the same time. I’ve partnered with UGenie.io and the Publisher Discovery team to help make that achievable at this month’s networking event.”
The Digital Marketing Mixer is hosted monthly and the next iteration takes place on the 30th June between 4-6pm BST. The event offers live business “speed” networking and is FREE to attend for anyone working in the affiliate and digital marketing industry.
Over 100 delegates from all over the world, in a multitude of sectors have already RSVP’d to attend. Delegates include brands such Catena Media, BrandVerity, Smile Software, Every Matrix, Fortune Jack and more.
Michael Corfman of GPWA.org says: ”The first Digital Marketing Mixer was a great way to network with fellow affiliates and with affiliate marketing programs. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to get together once again!”
You can RSVP FREE and join the Digital Marketing Mixer – HERE
Digital Marketing Mixer to be hosted for second iteration of FREE business networking on 30th June
Last month saw the launch of the first Digital Marketing Mixer, a FREE business networking event created by Lee-Ann Johnstone which hosted over 150+ iGaming and Affiliate Marketing professionals in attendance.
The event which received outstanding delegate reviews, will be hosted again on Monday 30th June between 4-6pm (BST) via Zoom. The aim of the speed networking event is to bring together affiliates and digital marketers, technology providers , agencies, experts and marketing service providers together to promote their services virtually.
With limits on travel and attendance at physical events still in play opportunities to network for new business have been limited. That combined with increased remote working has had a natural impact on business development slowing in the short term.
The Digital Marketing Mixer has been created as an open platform for professional social networking to take place in a structured but relaxed virtual atmosphere. The event has been created to support new business and continued lead generation for all businesses operating in the Affiliate industry.
Lee-Ann Johnstone, the event host commented: “The Digital Marketing Mixer is a key event for digital and affiliate marketing businesses to get better connected during this uncertain time. The objective is simple, bring people together to talk, to collaborate and ensure new business and service opportunities continue to thrive. I’ve created this FREE networking event for EVERYONE to benefit from in the affiliate industry to help get new business deals done.”
The mixer remains 100% FREE for delegates to attend and is open to any vertical. Once again the event is held in collaboration with founding collaborators GPWA.org, iBet Directory, and AffiliateINSIDER collaborating to deliver this event.
“The toughest part of the conference experience to replicate online was always going to be those oh-so-important conversations in the bar. I was delighted to find myself in just such conversations at the Digital Marketing Mixer – top marks! “ said Sue Dawson from bestnewbingosites.co.uk who attended last month’s inaugural event.
The Digital Marketing Mixer will offer a host of fun networking games, speed selling challenges and enable delegates to enjoy discussing the latest industry trends whilst providing a platform to market their goods and services. The focus of this event remains on getting digital and affiliate marketing professionals quickly connected, getting new deals – done!
Lloyd Richman, founder of iBet Directory commented: “The Digital Marketing Mixer Party is a great concept and offers all delegates the option to contribute unlike other webinars and conferences. It had a good mixture of natural event speakers, experienced iGaming professionals and new people to the industry. A great event which was highly successful.“
If you are an agency, affiliate, consultant, operator, digital marketer, payment provider or saas product owner, everyone working with or in the affiliate industry is welcome to attend.
RSVP FOR FREE and join the Digital Marketing Mixer – HERE
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