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Affiliate Interview: Dave Sneekes founder at BestBettingCasinos.com

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The Affiliate Interviews section is on fire, with yet another gambling affiliate rock star sharing his story about his journey into this great industry. Today we catch up with Dave Sneekes, founder of BestBettingCasinos.com

GAV: Hi Dave, first of all, we would like to thank you for the opportunity. Could you please share your profile below as an introduction to our readers?

  • Name: Dave Sneekes
  • Age: 35
  • Hometown: Alkmaar
  • Living in: The Netherlands
  • Favorite Food: Indian Cuisine
  • Must Read Book: Zlatan (By Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

GAV: Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Dave Sneekes really is, the main person behind BestBettingCasinos.com. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great website?

Dave: Of course I can tell a long story about my past and the things I did. But I think it is better to take you in to my life right now. At the moment I own an internet company in which we exploit online and mobile concepts. BestBettingcasinos.com is one of them. The others are dating websites and a mobile Football app for local football clubs in the Netherlands.

I love to explore the world and many businesses. After working for an online casino for a short period we decided to sell the casino. I love the casino business but I did not want to work for a casino again. So we started our own affiliate website. And at the moment of writing this interview we are online for 1 year and 5 days.

GAV: Since there are thousands of casino review websites out there, where do you think BestBettingCasinos.com stands now?

Dave: Yes there are! And I think it is pretty hard nowadays to startup a new affiliate website in this business at the moment. But we love the business, I wanted to stay part of the amazing iGaming industry.

We are just at the start of something beautiful. After a year online, 700 pages further and from 0 visitors to around 100 unique today, we are really happy. And we are still growing every day in traffic and revenue so we are getting more and more motivated to get the website up to a higher level.

GAV: What are the strong points of the website and what makes it stand out from the niche websites? We can certainly say it jumps out of the routine websites…

Dave: If you visit the website there is one thing that really stands out in my opinion. That is the webdesign and the layout we have used. A nice colored design and easy navigation. With large images on the landingpages but not like some bannerfarms I see in the business.

Dave: And I guess the way we are writing stands out from some other websites. We write in a really personal structure. So when a visitors starts reading it feels like we are talking to him, and take him all the way through a casino or a new promotion. 

GAV: What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?

Dave: I guess this must be time. At the moment this website is not our core business. Me and my mate Koen both have some other projects next to this website. So in the beginning we had to do some time management. But when after only 3 months the first revenues come in you will get motivated and all of a sudden it is easier to reserve some time work on the website.

So I guess motivation and dedication are key to overcome bumps, and of course results.

GAV: We have browsed your website and found some high quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing the reviews? How many reviews are there on your website?

Dave: I guess at the moment 90% of the content is written by Koen and myself. Since a few months we also started a partnership with some external writers. I think they write around 7 posts a week. All the other content is our own. This is a well thought choice because we are the only ones who know what our visitors like and what our writing style is.

At the moment there are around 40-50 unique casino reviews on the website. But our strength are the unique bonus and news reviews.

GAV: How do you keep the content fresh and devoid of clutter when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Dave: Haha, you are right! We only write about a news item or a bonus if we think it is interesting for our visitors. And above that we do not add small posts. If we add content to the website it are long posts with full information about the subject.

But I think it is not possible to avoid clutter, Because not every visitor is interested in the same stuff. It all depands on how you write about a subject in my opinion.

GAV: We are sure that you receive daily messages from Affiliate Managers showcasing their products. You of course select them by the brands they work with; but what are your thoughts on how Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationships should be built?

Dave: Yes since a few months we are receiving daily mails from new brands. I think a good relationship between webmaster and affiliate manager is based on trust. You build up a relationship by communicating with each other and listen. And it is important to follow up the promises you make.

In my experience it doesn’t work when an affiliate manager pushes you every single moment. We are all in to get the best results. And in the end some brands work on your website and some don’t. And most of the times the not converting brands have the most pushy affiliate managers.

We never give any promises according to spots, conversions and traffic because you will never know what a consumer does or if a brand converts. When you give no expectations I think the relationship will stay good.

GAV: How do you see the future of the gambling industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?

Dave: I hope it gets global of course. But I don’t think it will very soon. For example. We are living in the Netherlands. The regulation talks are being postponed all the time. First it would be regulated in 2014, than 2016 and now maybe 2017.

GAV: Can you name one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?

Dave: I think I am pretty happy with the way it goes.

What advise you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?

Dave: I have one important one. Before you start be aware that you can only succeed in this business when you are dedicated and willing to work hard. The time of earning huge amounts of money in a short period is gone.

GAV: Who is your favorite celebrity?

Dave: Without a doubt my mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic! Legend and good example for young people who want to play sports. And above that a great person!

GAV: If you would just open your YouTube search bar, what would you search for?

Dave: Great skiing downhills.

GAV: Back to work. Do you attend any iGaming conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?

Dave: I try to visit them all. My best was Berlin last year in October. Uhhhhhhh my most fun experience I really have no idea. I probably think the Lamborghini riding at the BAC. 

GAV: How do you rate the chances of Eastern Europe becoming potential gaming hotpot of the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

Dave: As I look at my own traffic and conversions I think there are still a lot of “bonus hunters” in Eastern Europe. But with a lot of the eastern Europe countries connecting to the EU I think the business will get better and better over there.

GAV: Alright, here comes the fun part…., where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, some part of the region maybe that you haven’t visited yet and favorite destination around the world.

Dave: The first city that comes on this question is Riga and the second one is Bratislava. Haven’t been at them before. Heard some good stories about it.

My favorite destination around the wotld is by far Rio de Janeiro. Have been there in summer 2016 during the Football World Cup. That city has everything you need. In Europe I would choose Barcelona, I which I am gonna life for a few months at the end of this year.

Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?

Dave: Poland and Ukraine do not attract me at the moment. I don’t know why but where the first countries that came up.

GAV: What is your opinion about EEG/GAV (Eastern European Gaming – eegaming.org)/Gambling Affiliate Voice – gamblingaffiliatevoice.com?

Dave: It is always good to have an organization like this around. A little regulation and watchdog most of the times is very positive to keep the business booming.

And I like it that you give the floor to Affiliates to talk about their businesses. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed the interview and hope people get inspired to join our beautiful business. 

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

 

We should know by now that King Billy Casino was bound to be in the limelight for one more time. True to the words of the great Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”, King Billy does it for the third time in a row.

So, after being shortlisted at the prestigious iGB Awards (and from there, winning it all), being shortlisted again at the prestigious EGR Awards, the King Billy Affiliate Program has now also been shortlisted at the prestigious SBC Awards (event to be held on December 3). Moreover, the operator is also on the SBC Awards short list for Casino Rising Star.

We asked the mastermind behind this tremendous streak, Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Head of Affiliates to share his feelings with us and a few words about this new distinction. He was, understandably, in a state of euphoria:

“This is beyond our wildest dreams! To complete the “Big 3” of the industry’s annual biggest awards shows, by being short-listed in each and every one of them fills us all with immense pride. At King Billy Casino, we set out with a single goal in mind: to move beyond the commission and offer to our affiliates a program never seen before. We are happy that our effort is recognized by both judges and Affiliates!”

The SBC Awards, now in its 6th year, recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across all major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers and data. The Awards will be held at Battersea Evolution, in the heart of London, bringing together 700 gaming industry delegates.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 5 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games providers and features. King Billy has built on creating a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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First Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference: What Was Discussed at the Event?

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First Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference: What Was Discussed at the Event?

 

On October 18, Smile-Expo held the first Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference in Tbilisi. The event was dedicated to the specific nature of online and offline gambling business operations, Georgian gambling market prospects, and casino promotion using affiliate marketing.

The conference brought together casino managers, affiliate network representatives, government officials, webmasters, arbitrage experts, SEO specialists, as well as gambling regulation and taxation professionals.

Speakers’ presentations

Sviatoslav Slaboshpitskiy, Head of SEO at Digital Choo (DC), spoke on the topic: The Art of War in SEO: How to Win the iGaming Niche. The speaker stressed that one should develop niche websites to achieve efficient results. At the same time, it is significant to analyze the response and to evolve resources showing the best performance. Sviatoslav also talked about the rules of SEO team building. The expert recommended entrusting the content creation to single-discipline specialists as well as developing checklists and tutorials for newcomers.

Dmitriy Makarov, CEO at Zlodei Advertising Agency, and Gleb Sanzharevsky, CMO at Zlodei, made a collaborative presentation dedicated to ad placement on YouTube and Twitch. They explained that promotion via influencers could increase conversion better than direct advertising. The experts stressed that user stories and popular memes made ads more fruitful.

Nikola Minkov, CEO at Serpact, examined the application of the so-called Featured Snippets, zero blocks in the search results. According to the speaker, Google provides users with such snippets in 40% of the queries. They allow online resources to generate organic traffic and enhance the click-through rate.

The audience was intrigued by Ketevan Bitskinashvili, Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The speaker told them about the special features of the Georgian gambling market regulation. She mentioned that the cost of gambling permissions depended on a venue type, a target region, and a number of installed gambling machines. The same parameters affect tax rates.

Ms. Ketevan stated that Georgia had already issued 214 gambling licenses. 20 casinos are operating in the country now. 10 of them are located in Batumi and its suburbs, 6 in Tbilisi, and one each in Gudauri, Tskhaltubo, Kazbegi, and Sighnaghi.

Giorgi Gvenetadze from Adjarabet raised an issue of online casino customer acquisition. The speaker believes that the core feature of advertising banners used by Georgian casinos is the availability of luxury car images. Besides, promotion messages mostly appeal to senses of beauty, control, and simplicity.

Panel discussion

The conference featured a panel discussion titled ‘Offline and online casinos. Review of tools for the competition for user attention’. It involved:

Shota Amiranashvili, President of the Association of casinos in Adjara;

Levan Kavtaradze, Director of Gaming department at Pokermatch;

Giorgi Gvenetadze, Head of Product Marketing Department at Adjarabet;

Lavrentiy Gubin from Shangri La Casino, an invited guest.

Experts said that primary advantages of land-based casinos included reach experience of the gaming process, expensive surroundings, and staff attentiveness. Virtual gambling platforms are lack of these aspects. Therefore, discussion participants think that offline gambling venues will never shift to the online space.

Speaking about the most in-demand gambling entertainments, specialists highlighted simple and user-friendly games like roulettes. Moreover, they noted that poker was becoming less popular because of the high buy-in. Currently, we can see a crypto casino trend, as such platforms ensure anonymity.

Participants also focused on the state regulation of the gambling market. According to them, countries failing to regulate the gambling business lose money that could go to the government budget as taxes. One more fact specified: gambling advertising bans give an impetus to look for new audience engagement channels.

Afterparty

The conference ended with a party. Guests, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors were able to enjoy live music, Georgian sweets, beverages, and snacks. The afterparty allowed participants to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere and establish useful business contacts.

We express our gratitude to the Afterparty Sponsor, NOFLEAD gambling resource, helping to carry out the afterparty in an extremely comfortable environment.

Sponsors, exhibitors, and participants

Companies offering various iGaming goods and services introduced their solutions and services in the exhibition area. Event sponsors were exhibitors as well.

Badge and Bag Sponsor: Digital Choo, an international marketing agency with deep expertise in gaming.

Exhibition Area Sponsor: SoftGamings, a provider of advanced В2В solutions for online casinos.

Afterparty Sponsor: NOFLEAD, an online gambling resource aimed at both beginners and experienced gamblers.

Lanyard Sponsor: ZLODEI, an advertising agency with deep expertise in native advertising.

By the way, attendees were able to examine a stand by IBCCS TAX, an international company providing a wide range of fiduciary services.

Another event participant was Partners.io, an affiliate network for cryptocurrency gambling programs.

The Smile-Expo team expresses its gratitude to sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors for participation in the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the next events dedicated to gambling and affiliate marketing.

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What does “beyond the commission” mean for King Billy? A short list (at least) at the EGR Awards!

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What does “beyond the commission” mean for King Billy? A short list (at least) at the EGR Awards!

 

King Billy Casino has been making quite some noise with its Affiliate Program this year. The program has gained momentum and achieved wide recognition from Affiliates, both established and upcoming, which is something not to be taken lightly, given the, ahem, unpredictable mentality and demands of the Affiliate world.

According to King Billy, this is a program that promises to take the casino – affiliates relationship to a new, mythical level “beyond the commission”. You may wonder (as we did) what lands lie beyond the commission. Is the first stop Valhalla? El Dorado? Shangri La? Camelot? Mount Olympus?

Much closer actually: It is the luxurious Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane, home of the 2019 EGR Awards. The King Billy Affiliates Program has been short-listed in the Affiliate Program Category and we asked Ruslan Legenzov, Head of Affiliates at King Billy Casino, to share his feelings with us.

The excitement never gets old! Congratulations to the whole department at King Billy, our “King’s Servants” who make this possible. Also, a big thanks to our Marketing and Creative Department for helping us move beyond the commission exactly the way our affiliates want.

Following our biggest distinction to date, the award at the 2019 iGB Awards, this is one more proof that we are doing something extremely well at King Billy Casino. Obviously, after being short-listed, we‘d like to go all the way, but we are well aware of the top level and the quality of all the nominees. So, see you at Grosvenor House and may the best operator win!”

The reputable EGR Operator Awards reward B2C operators for setting the standard in egaming excellence, with categories ranging from customer service to social responsibility, and recognizing achievements across all verticals. The 2019 Awards will take place on the evening of Thursday 24 October at Grosvenor House, London.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in several languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and distinctions. The King Billy Affiliates Program has already won the 2019 iGB Awards Affiliate Program of the Year award.

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