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
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!
Exclusive Q&A with Marinos Shiapanis, CEO at Campeón Gaming Partners
We shall begin with the iGB award. How do you feel after winning this award? Had you expected this award?
We really didn’t. This was our very first time being nominated at the iGB Affiliate Awards and, given the fact that the competition was really high, we were not expecting to hear our name. Needless to say, we were – and we still are – overwhelmed and very excited. It was a team effort, and this is why we celebrated as a team after receiving the award in London.
This is the first time Campeon has been nominated for iGB Awards. And you hit the bull’s eye in the first instance itself. How do you see this honour: as a reward of your hard work or as a stepping stone for future innovation?
I think it is a little bit of both: it is definitely a reward and a recognition of the whole Campeón Gaming Partners team’s hard work and effort, but, at the same time, this is a stepping stone for us to do more, invest more in innovation, expand and further develop across all sectors. The whole team, and especially the Affiliate & Partnerships team, really devoted themselves to the company and they are the reason we have managed to win this award. Such an award is extremely important for us, as it shows how far we have gone in such a short period of time; we have managed to slowly establish ourselves in the iGaming industry, become a familiar face for affiliates in the market, expand our network and grow as a team and a brand. However, winning this award doesn’t mean we stop here; this is not just a motivation for us, but an obligation as well to work harder, focus more and deliver even better results. I think you will hear more of us the coming months.
The award recognises how Campeon stood out in terms of “transparency, inclusiveness and continuous support”. What are the things unique to the affiliate program of Campeon Gaming Partners?
Since the beginning, our vision was to create an affiliate program that would not only attract affiliates, but it would also keep them engaged. We started off with a small network and as we were building it up, we were also improving our program. Today, our network is comprised of over 1,000 affiliates and our affiliate team has managed to establish personal relationship with each and every one of them. To us, it’s crucial to put a face to the name; it’s not just about numbers, it’s about having a person who you know will listen to you and deal with your issues no matter how big or small. This is our way of thinking: we treat each affiliate’s request as equal, and I believe that our affiliates appreciate this.
In early 2019, our team dedicated themselves into redesigning the program’s strategy, aiming at building stronger, more interpersonal relationships with our partners, and providing them with better models in order to maximize their profits. At the same time, we optimized the affiliate experience, from the registration of the player, all the way to the affiliate statics’ analysis we have successfully merged, integrated, and incorporated all of the Campeón Gaming Partners’ brands into new platforms, ensuring that no affiliate activity was ever disrupted.
The award also mentions how Campeon offered tailor-made program to the affiliates. Could you shed more light into the deeply customizable affiliate programs of Campeon Gaming Partners?
Each affiliate has his or her own needs that looks into serving through a program. At Campeón Gaming Partners, we understand that, and every time we onboard an affiliate, we go into deep discussions with him or her to understand what they are looking for in our program. I think the most important fact for our affiliates is that we assign them their very personal point of contact, who is there for them whenever they are in need. So, when we onboard a new affiliate, we first assign him or her their point of contact, who makes sure to talk to him or her, understand his or her needs and goals and together they create a program tailor-made to the affiliate’s needs.
What are the qualities that you look forward to in an affiliate? Not all affiliates are likely to become successful, right? Based on your experience, what separates the successful affiliates from the rest?
We want our affiliates to treat us the same way we treat them: with respect and transparency. We always do our best to accommodate our affiliates’ needs, so we are looking into building partnerships based on trust. I think this is the most important part for us.
Regarding the second part of your question, I believe that definitely industry knowledge and audience play a significant part in separating successful affiliates from the rest. But besides these, I think that players are looking for affiliates who will be honest with them, affiliates they can trust; I believe it is the only way to build up a players’ audience.
New new social media platforms are increasingly micro-targetting the end customers and automated CRM tools are getting more and more advanced. In this scenario, how do see the future of affiliate marketing evolving?
I believe that affiliate marketing is already changing and with these new tools it will change even more in the future. We are now entering a new era: the digital and customized era. Customers are increasingly becoming more and more demanding; they now know they don’t have to compromise anymore with mass solutions, so they are asking for customized ones. They demonstrate their needs and preferences and demand for an experience tailor-made to them. I believe this is where affiliate marketing will focus in the future, and all the new or upcoming tools available, will give us the advantage of analysing the customers’ behaviours and providing the best solutions to them. Affiliate marketing of the future will evolve around customized player’s experience, in my opinion.
Finally, tell us about any big announcement in the near future. Expanding to more countries? Launching or integrating new products? Or a new marketing campaign? Our readers will be eager to read something first here.
A couple of weeks ago, we launched our first Pay N Play platform for the Scandinavian market, SvenPlay. In a few days, we will be launching our brand new, themed platform, Sons of Slots. This is a challenge for us, as it will be the first time we are introducing such a themed platform to our players. The Sons of Slots story goes back to the motor gangs of the US and it all evolves around that; rough street battles, leather jackets and ripped jeans, long hair, and endless road trips on their Harleys. This is what inspired us and we wanted to bring something very exciting to our players. Entering the Sons of Slots platform, our players will be transferred to a new world, the world of American motor gangs; they will play their favorite games in a new, adventurous environment, with exciting features, which will take their gaming experience to a whole new level. To bring this project to life, we have invested heavily in technology and this is why we partnered with a major agency, MaxCreate, specialized in bespoke front-end design, in order to be able to offer more flexible and versatile platforms to our players and to our affiliates.
I think 2020 is our year, and people will hear more of us: exhibitions, PR, awards… We will make it happen.
Meet Reza Shojaei, the founder of multinational CasinoTop.com
Value Marketing is a successful iGaming affiliate company that has its base set in Malta. Reza Shojaei, the founder of the company has spent years patiently building the company up, reaching multiple markets around the globe. The journey is not even nearly finished yet, and there is much more to come. Shojaei is excited for 2020 and what it will bring for Value Marketing’s two major brands: CasinoTopp.net and CasinoTop.com.
Who is Reza Shojaei?
Reza Shojaei is the founder of Value Marketing. Here, we will meet Reza.
Name: Reza Shojaei
Living in: Norway
Job title: Founder of Value Marketing
Favorite hobby: Playing poker and taking my dog, Bofflee, to long walks, racing cars on track
Tell us about Value Marketing
Value Marketing used to operate within face-to-face sales industry, but I personally was not passionate about it. So, after some time, I decided to take the company to another direction. In 2017, we discussed about getting into iGaming, because it was of interest to me and also because we saw a problem in the industry that needed to be solved.
I have been playing poker for over 15 years, so I was familiar with the industry already. As the online casino market is ever-growing, there are more and more iGaming related companies and especially online casinos opening all the time. The problem is that there are so many casinos that it is hard for players (especially new ones) to choose a reliable casino that is also high quality.
I founded Value Marketing and its two brands, CasinoTopp.net and CasinoTop.com, to provide honest and transparent information about reliable casinos. We never recommend any casinos that do not meet our standards and our readers respect us for that. Also, we provide other valuable information for players, such as casino guides and up-to-date casino news.
Frankly, we never got into this business purely for money and that is not our first priority. The top priority is to put our readers first and make sure that they are happy with our content. In fact, we even give our readers the chance to contact us and share their casino experiences. So, in a way, we build our brand with the help of our readers and also take their opinion into account.
What is the ultimate mission of Value Marketing?
We want CasinoTop.com to operate all over the world and have the biggest casino affiliate network across the globe. Currently, we operate in 12 countries. They include, for instance, Finland, Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and India.
Why is Value Marketing different from other casino affiliate sites?
The number one reason why Value Marketing is different from others is that we do not work with any casinos that do not meet our standards. For us, it is important to provide 100 percent accurate content and write articles that are valuable for our readers. We also offer the readers a chance to be in touch with us, which is something that many sites do not do.
Why did you decide to launch Value Marketing and its brands?
I was tired of field marketing/face-to-face sales and wanted to do something that I had a passion for. I love playing poker, so transitioning to the iGaming world was only natural. Also, we saw a need for a big casino affiliate company that covers multiple markets and also offers honest opinions and reviews. This way, our readers know that they can trust us, and we can build a great reputation globally.
How do you see the iGaming market in the next years in Europe?
In Europe, online casinos are a big thing. There are constantly more and more casinos and rules and regulations change. One of the biggest things recently was the Swedish license, and we hope to see such a change in other countries too, for instance, in Norway and Finland, though it may not happen very soon.
What would you like to change in the gambling industry?
The mission of Value Marketing is to provide excellent and honest reviews that are transparent, and we hope that other sites take that approach as well. Though there are not many rogue casinos out there, there are casinos that are more reliable and better quality than others. Those are the casinos that should get the traffic and the attention from affiliates and players.
What is the hardest thing about running Value Marketing?
At the moment, we have launched 12 markets and we have copywriters, editors, designers, and developers in our roster, all from around the world. Keeping in touch with everyone in a timely manner can get challenging because of time zone differences. But overall, I love what I do and look forward to my work every day.
What do you expect from the gambling industry in the next year?
We can definitely see more pay & play casinos, as they have been trending among players recently. Also, we can only expect even better-quality games and especially NetEnt and Wazdan has really been on top of it. 3D graphics and more interactive games are great and perhaps virtual reality takes off, too, in the iGaming industry. Some rules and regulations might relax as well, considering that the US already opened a few states for online gaming and Sweden has their own license now.
What do you expect from Value Marketing in the next year?
In 2020, we are hoping to open more markets in addition to the ones that are already open. Also, improving our current content and redefining goals is always on my plate.
A Representative of Storm International will Speak at the Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference
Lavrenty Gubin will present a report on the key elements of a successful casino
There is a series of conferences and exhibitions to take place in Kiev in the coming months due to the upcoming gaming business legalization.
The Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will take place in the capital of Ukraine on December 18, 2019.
The core topic of the conference is gaming business legalization in Ukraine and adoption of international experience in the field of regulation.
Lavrenty Gubin, Marketing and PR Director of Storm International, was invited to the conference as a speaker to cover the land-based casinos sector. Lavrenty will make a presentation on the international experience required to open a brand new casino like Shangri La Tbilisi or SL Casino Riga.
The conference will gather government officials, operators, software developers, marketers and other industry professionals to discuss the future of the Ukrainian gaming business. The conference is run by Smile Expo, a well known industry events organizer in Western Europe and CIS.
Conference website: affiliateconf.com.ua
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