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In this Affiliate Interview you get to meet the guys from CasinoDaddy (AboutSlots.com/DinCasinoBonus.se) You might already know them from this video… 🙂

 

GAV: First of all thank you for the opportunity guys! Could you share with us your profile so our readers can get a better idea of who you are?

Name: CasinoDaddy (Mathias, Anton, and Erik Joelsson)
Age: 29, 27 and 23
Hometown: Kristianstad
Living in: Kristianstad
Favorite Food: Pizza!
Must Read Book: Book of Ra Deluxe 😉
Profession/Job title: We are full-time casino streamers and affiliates, but we also have our own IT company helping Swedish companies build and manage websites.

GAV: Guys, tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourselves. How did your careers start in the industry? What was the key idea of developing these two great online gambling sites: About Slots and Din Casino Bonus ?

Like many people in the industry, we started out as players. We loved the games, but as we grew older the industry behind them really began to interest us. Our number one goal has always been to enable people to play the games they love reliably, securely, and affordably. As affiliates, we are now able to make that happen.

GAV: Since there are thousands and thousands of websites in this niche out there, where do you think your websites stands now?

Our websites are currently in a pretty good position, and it’s almost exclusively down to the quality of our content. Our Twitch and YouTube channels have helped them attract a lot of traffic, which gives us a major edge over competitors in our region.

GAV: How do you see the Scandinavian online gambling market/industry at this moment?

The Scandinavian online gambling market is in a bit of a strange place at the moment. While we’ve seen player numbers increasing, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty in the market. Possible changes in legislation (specifically relating to the taxation of winnings) have cast a shadow over what could otherwise be considered to be a very strong market environment.

GAV: In your opinion what are the strong points of AboutSlots.com, DinCasinoBonus.se and what makes them stand out from the other Scandinavian niche websites/directories?

We put a lot of effort into managing and constantly improving both sites, but without a doubt their greatest strength is that they are supported by our increasingly popular Twitch and YouTube channels. Both channels attract a lot of viewers, and from there they’re exposed to both sites which helps the sites generate a lot of organic traffic.

GAV: How did you start and most of all what bumps did you have to overcome at the beginning?

At the start, the big bump that every affiliate needs to get over is finding their niche and setting themselves apart from the competition. When we started out we were new to the world of streaming and affiliate work, we didn’t have the same charisma on camera that we do today. But, as our audience grew, so did our confidence.

As we warmed to streaming we discovered that our personalities could be our niche. People liked watching us, and we liked talking to them. We formed friendships with our viewers, and there is now a massive amount of trust and loyalty between us and them. They use our sites simply because they are ours, and we do everything we can to reward them for their loyalty.

GAV: Congrats on your win on SlotsMillion’s Immortal Romance, where you cashed in a stunning €10K! Tel us all about that day… 🙂

The day started out much like any other really. We were streaming in the afternoon and talking with our viewers, and we had already been pretty lucky with some big hits that day. Anton was playing at the time, and when he hit the bonus in immortal at first he didn’t really expect anything out of the ordinary to happen.

It was quite funny because the huge hit came on the second-to-last spin of the bonus, and before that it had been well below average. As the spin came down Anton was even singing along to the backing song and swapping the words to describe how bad the bonus was going. When he saw the wilds and premiums line up, he stopped singing pretty quickly.

We heard him shout, and we came running over to see what he had hit. We all knew it was huge immediately, but the counter was going up slowly. It crept past 2000, up to 4000, and then it really started picking up speed. The higher the number went the more we screamed and shouted. It was an amazing moment for us, and luckily because we were streaming, it was all caught on video.

GAV: Do you still remember when you first gambled online?

I think all three of us remember our first experience playing slots. For Mathias it was almost 12 years ago now, and Anton and Erik both followed his lead once they were 18 too.

GAV: We have analyzed your websites and found some great quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you?

We write most of the content ourselves, but as our sites and channels grow larger, we have been getting a bit of help from a couple of freelancers. Between streaming every day, editing videos, and maintaining content on two affiliate sites, we have a lot of work to do these days, but we do it for the same reasons we always have—because we love slots and we love our community.

GAV: How do you manage to keep the content fresh and relevant on your websites, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet non-stop?

One of the major advantages of having big Twitch and YouTube channels is that you’re constantly engaged with your audience. We talk to them for hours every day, so we know what they do and don’t want to see. I think that fluff and nonsense mostly tend to get created when people don’t really think about what their audience will get from their content. But, because we are so close to the people our sites serve, that’s never an issue for us.

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

Like any other relationship, the relationship between an affiliate and a manager is a two-way street. It’s something mutually beneficial that both parties can gain from if they communicate properly and work to understand each other’s needs.

In our experience, the quality of management can be a huge turn-on or turn-off for working with a particular brand. For example, if one of our players runs into an issue with the casino, it’s nice for us to be able to talk to an affiliate and resolve the issue for them directly. That level of care means a lot to us and our players, so the brands with the most helpful managers tend to be the ones we spend the most time promoting.

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

It’s hard to look at the future of online casinos globally, because attitudes to gambling are so radically different across different cultures. In the US for example, online gaming has become very tightly regulated, which has hindered its growth.

Players are ready to play, and we’re seeing player numbers grow every day. The scene is definitely set for a massive boom in the popularity of online gambling, but as we all know, there are more forces at play than just players, affiliates, and the casinos themselves.

GAV: What about the Scandinavian market’s future?

Our answer to the previous question is somewhat shaped by the potential legislative changes that we’re facing in our home nation of Sweden. Online gambling is very popular here, and the market is growing nicely, but there is a lot of discussion regarding whether winnings should be taxed, and people are beginning to worry about it. If anything like that does come into action it will present some major challenges for us, and all affiliates and casinos serving the region.

GAV: Tell us one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?!

Just more frequent communication between affiliates and managers. All too often we only seem to talk when need something from each other, but as we’ve seen from some of our own amazing relationships, the real key to success is open, frequent, and mutually beneficial conversations.

GAV: Do you have any advise you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry!?

Your first days will be some of your most important as an affiliate. Spend time thinking about what you can offer players that nobody else can. Identify your niche and make it your own.

GAV: Did you attend the first edition of NAC (Nordic Affiliate Conference), if yes tell us all about it?!

We did, and it was a great experience. The conference was in a very nice and convenient location, but unfortunately the attacks in Stockholm cast a bit of a grim shadow over the weekend for us.

We’re all really looking forward to the next one, and we certainly hope that it takes place in more favorable conditions so that we can give it our full attention and enjoy meeting with everyone to the fullest.

GAV: Do you attend any iGaming/online casino conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?

We’ve visited Malta for multiple conferences now, and we really love it there. It’s a great place, and it truly feels like the home of our industry. We get to meet with so many great people there, we can’t wait to go back.

GAV: What do you think the chances are for Eastern Europe to become a potential gaming hotspot in the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

The demand is certainly there for it to become a huge gaming hotspot, but I think to make it happen we need to see more local investment from major international gaming brands. The region needs as many globally-proven casino brands serving it as possible, all with dedicated local support and affiliate resources—then its true potential can shine.

GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?

That’s a difficult question. It’s such an interesting and diverse region. Many cities have fantastic architecture, while others have amazing night life and are great for partying. I think ideally we’d love to take some time and explore all that the region has to offer.

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

We’d never rule anywhere out. I know some countries are less popular than others, but that just means there is greater opportunity for adventure!

GAV: How about a favorite celebrity, do you have one one?

We don’t really follow celebrity culture much. The closest thing we have to a favorite celebrity is world-famous explorer Rich Wilde (Although we only really like him when he’s sitting in a nice neat line next to his friends! 😉).

GAV: What is your opinion about the Gambling Affiliate Voice?

It’s a great source of information, and it’s been really valuable to us. The name itself says something very important, that gambling affiliates do indeed need a voice. It’s great that someone is providing it 😊.

GAV: Thanks for your time guys, and keep up the good work!

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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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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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