In our newest affiliate interviews series we caught up with Andreas Johannesson, co-founder of SweGaming Affiliates AB, and owner of BettingLounge.co.uk and MessiVsRonaldo.net. Andreas together with his partner recently decided to take on the UK market as well, after they’ve sold their Swedish sites to an affiliate industry giant!
So without any further delays, here is another affiliate success story featuring Andreas Johannesson!
- Name: Andreas Johannesson
- Age: 22
- Hometown: Gothenburg
- Living in: Gothenburg
- Favorite Food: Pasta
- Must Read Book: Steve Jobs biography
- Profession/Job title: Founder
GAV: Hi Andreas, first of all, tell us and our readers a bit about yourself! How did your career start in the industry? What determined you to engage in this activity and start working at SweGaming Affiliates (Bettinglounge.co.uk and Messivsronaldo.net)?
Andreas: Me and my partner David started our business when we were still in high school back in Sweden at the age of 18. We just wanted to get hold of some extra cash so that we could travel and do things that we couldn’t do otherwise. We were also very interested in creating webpages and value to our visitors and therefore we launched our first website betexpert.se back in 2012.
Our company, Swegaming Affiliates AB, first solely focused on the Swedish gambling market but since we sold our Swedish websites to one of the giants of the affiliate industry back in June of 2016 we wanted a new challenge and decided to take on the UK market with sites like BettingLounge.co.uk and we also acquired the site Messivsronaldo.net.
GAV: Could you tell us a bit about SweGaming Affiliates and Bettinglounge.co.uk and Messivsronaldo.net? What are the strong points of the website’s and what makes them stand out from the other niche websites? Regarding Messivsronaldo.net, we can certainly say it jumps out of the routine websites… the design is really appealing.
Andreas: Our long term goal with BettingLounge.co.uk is to create a complete betting guide with reviews, bonuses, odds comparisons and free bets updated with new content each and every day. In other words we want to create a website that will cover all of the betting world for UK bettors.
Messivsronaldo.net is another story, there is no other website that compares the past decade two best football players that we do. We have every single statistic you can think about when comparing these two and it drives traffic like crazy.
GAV: What were the bumps that you encountered and how did you overcome them?
Andreas: We have had many bumps in the past but as long as you figure out what you’re doing wrong then it’s just up to fixing it. I think many don’t really think about what they did wrong the last time but just keep on going with new projects instead of fixing what’s wrong and taking it from there.
GAV: We have browsed Messivsronaldo.net and found some high quality content and a high volume of statistics. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing your editorials and doing the research?
Andreas: We have a small team near London in the UK that’s taking care of the statistics, Facebook page and content writing.
GAV: How about the Messivsronaldo.net Facebook page, do you manage it, it has quite a nice fan base with pretty good engagement level too?!
Andreas: We have worked a lot of gaining Facebook followers and to engage them and so far it seems like it’s working. A good day can bring us as much as 500 new followers – although both Messi and Ronaldo must have had good games the day before – it’s pretty clear what’s driving traffic to our site. It’s the same team that manages the Facebook page as manage the statistics and content of the site.
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 and maintained?
Andreas: I think the most important is that both parties understand that the other party needs to make money from the relationship as well. I feel like there are many people in the industry, both affiliates and operators, that miss this and therefor many partnerships don’t stick in the long-term.
GAV: How do you see the future of the gambling industry? For instance, will it become a global phenomenon in the near future?
Andreas: When all regulations and laws are fixed there are several very big markets that will come available for the gambling industry. The biggest example is probably the US, when they get it all regulated that will become the world’s biggest market again overnight. The markets of Africa, South America and Asia is also up for grabs and when all these get the infrastructure that the west world has gambling will for sure be a big thing there as well.
GAV: Can you name one change that you want to see in the UK betting affiliate ecosystem?
Andreas: To be honest, as we haven’t been in the UK market for that long time I think it’s too early to say anything about this.
GAV: What would be your advise to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?
Andreas: Even though it may seem like there is competition like no other affiliation niche with work you’ll get to the top as well. I guess it’s all about not giving up and putting in the hours.
GAV: How do you see the Central and Eastern European affiliate market, do you think that this region is somehow overlooked by brands that are not applying for licenses, etc. ?
Andreas: I think it’s somehow overlooked. But I guess a big part of that is the player value that, I guess, is a lot lower than a Swedish, Norwegian or UK player. But the volumes should make up for that and there are probably big opportunities in the Eastern Europe markets.
GAV: Since the Berlin Affiliate Conference is almost here, we would like to ask your opinion on these event, are you guys attending these conferences or are you going to be in Berlin? How about SiGMA?
Andreas: We always go to all the conferences – London, Berlin, Amsterdam and also Sigma – and think it’s a great way to get to know people from the industry, especially if you do not live in one of the big gambling places in Europe as Malta for example. Also a great way for new affiliates to get into the business and understand how things are done.
GAV: Who is your favorite celebrity and if you’d have to a pick a destination in Eastern Europe, where would you travel?
Andreas: As a swede the question is pretty easy… Zlatan of course! Prague!
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel?
Andreas: Hmm.. Albania maybe?
GAV: What is your opinion about the GamblingAffiliateVoice.com?
Andreas: It’s a great place to get information about what’s happening in the industry. We usually use it to find information about new affiliate programs that want to work with us.
LeoVegas really is making dreams come true this Christmas
LeoVegas is giving away 5 nights under the Northern Lights!
It’s that festive time of year when our customers begin to dream of log fires, Christmas trees and dashing through the snow on a reindeer-drawn sleigh with mince pie crumbs in their laps. Well, good tidings are here as LeoVegas would like to spread the festive cheer by making two of these lucky customers’ dreams come true this New Year!
We will send two players and their plus ones to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland on a once in a lifetime trip where they’ll sleep under the stars in glass roofed igloos – and may even see the Northern Lights flickering above while tucked up cosy and warm in a comfy bed as the snow falls around them.
This incredible trip also includes six activities which winners can choose themselves. These include a 4-hour husky safari, Aurora hunting on a horse drawn sleigh, visiting reindeer on a snowmobile or learning how to master Nordic skiing.
To be in with a chance of winning, new customers just need to deposit and wager 50 in the Live Casino or Casino (from 10/12/18 to 01/01/19) on any game to get one ticket into the raffle. The winners will then be drawn randomly on 2nd January.
A geo-targeted landing page promoting the campaign will be available by end of this week. Please contact your account manager or AffiliateTeam@leovegas.com for the media ID or if you have any queries. This campaign will be live in all markets except Italy from 10th December.
Leo really is making dreams come true this Christmas at LeoVegas!
The LeoVegas Affiliate Team
Affiliate Interviews: Steven Hubbard, of SweGaming and BettingLounge
This is our second interview with Swegaming. We are checking how they are doing right now.
GAV: Hi Steven, first off we’ve been talking with you before, around 2 years ago to be exact, and first wanted an update on what Swegaming and BettingLounge have been up to since then.
The last two years have been hectic for Swegaming as a company, and since I joined this year we’ve been ramping up our efforts towards the UK market with our site BettingLounge.
We’ve launched a completely new look and feel to the site while adding new sections including our popular betting tips. We have also added new functionality and content to help our visitors make the right decision when choosing which betting sites to use.
GAV: Could you tell us some quick facts about you?
Name: Steven Hubbard
Living in: Gothenburg
Favourite Food: Pizza
Must read book: Running: The Autobiography
Best dart player: Phil Taylor
GAV: Tell us more about yourself, we want to know exactly who Steven is, the product owner of Bettinglounge. How was it to move to a new country? How is it to work at a big affiliate company as Swegaming?
Well, I grew up in a small town in Norfolk, England. I spent most of my working life as a Lifeguard and Swimming teacher but decided to go travelling for a change.
There I met my Swedish girlfriend and moved to Gothenburg, where I met Andreas and David (founders of SweGaming AB). Moving to Sweden was a lot harder than the travelling I had done, but I had great support from my girlfriend and her family.
Working at SweGaming has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop new skills. They have a lot of valuable experience in the Swedish market and exciting ideas for the UK.
GAV: What would you say is the biggest competitive advantages for Bettinglounge? What makes Bettinglounge stand out from the crowd?
We are looking to change the affiliate industry by offering an honest, transparent and personal product. All while promoting safe and responsible gambling.
We have some really exciting long-term projects that I think will add a lot of value to BettingLounge, while continuing with our personal touch instead of hiding behind a brand name.
GAV: What is the biggest challenge for you as a product owner?
The need for constant innovation is the biggest challenge facing us. There are a massive number of affiliates in the UK, and we have to offer something special to stand out.
GAV: We have done some reading at your site and found out some really interesting betting tips, how can you know so much!?
Well, I am in no way a betting tipster or expert. But, I have been following sports, mainly football and darts for most of my life. Of course, you learn a lot from that over the years.
But, the most valuable information is gained by a bit of research. All of our tips are well researched with key stats and facts for the match. It is not a foolproof way of betting, but it will help in your decision making.
See our betting tips as a guide, or if you agree, of course, you are welcome to back them. But, remember to do so in a fun and responsible way.
GAV: Steven, who is your favourite model? Is it Zlatan or David Beckham?
Ah, that’s a tough one. Of course, David Beckham is my favourite model. I mean his boxers are not great, but what a man he is!
GAV: What betting tip has been your best in ROI?
The best betting tip so far has been a 12/1 win treble with Betway. Three away wins, Lincoln City, Leicester and Doncaster.
Although, Doncaster finished 3-2 and we had a nervy 7+ minutes of extra time that was not appreciated.
GAV: What is the best with TheGamblingAffiliateVoice?
The best thing is definitely to find new gaming conferences and read comprehensive articles . You are doing a great job writing about the conference Sigma on Malta. More affiliates and operators should definitely go to Sigma which is the best conference in my opinion.
AEToken Affiliate Platform Wins Blockchain Pitch Competition for Best ICO 2018
Blockchain based affiliate platform AEToken has won the best ICO pitch competition at the Malta Blockchain Summit. Held at the InterContinental Hotel Malta on November 1 and 2, 2018, the summit is a marquee event in the ICO/Blockchain sector, playing host to over 8,000 delegates and a speaker list that includes the Who’s Who of the Crypto industry including the Winklevoss twins and John McAfee. The highlight of the summit, the ICO pitch contest saw 19 blockchain startups in a head to head battle for two cheques, each worth 25,000€.
Eventually a panel of judges, led by Investor Mark Hamade, judged AEToken (represented by CEO Vadim Fedotov) the best ICO pitch for its unique platform, which is designed to address shortcomings limiting the affiliate marketing industry.
The industry has long struggled with systemic problems including lack of enforceable contracts, fraud (traffic size verification/traffic value skimming), slow payments for services performed, and high minimum payouts. Now, for the first time, using blockchain and smart contract technology, AEToken ensures affiliate deals are secured through smart contract, payments are instant, fees are lower, and scalability is a non-issue.
Founded by Vadim Fedotov, Gene Hoffman and Jason Fernandes, AEToken has a particularly stellar team of advisors including 2017 Ycombinator partner Marcus Segal, Eman Pulis (Founder, SIGMA Conference), iGaming expert Michael Caselli, Walter Komarek (Forbesfone) and Dr. Evan Luthra of Almora Crypto Investment Group.
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