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Affiliate Interviews: CasinoDaddy (Mathias, Anton, and Erik Joelsson)

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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 different online roulette options, 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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Exclusive Q&A with Jeton Kodia Co-Founder at Oddspedia

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Let’s start with a few words about yourself. Our readers love top executives talking about themselves.

My name is Jeton Kodia and I have been in the gambling business since 2009. I became an iGaming affiliate when I turned my hobby into my profession. Gambling is part of my life – I love betting, casino games, and poker. Additionally, with my first name Jeton, it was somehow destiny that I had to step into this industry. I am addicted to football, and I had to lose quite some bets on my favorite team until I learned that when you want to take betting seriously, you need to refrain from your emotional attachment to a particular team and turn your attention more to comparing the odds. Besides football and pro sports in general, I bet on pretty much anything with my friends. This ranges from prop bets about winning at Playstation games to whether my first child will be a boy or girl. There is always something going on in my life which we can bet on.

Now on to Oddspedia. What led to the founding of Oddspedia?

As I already hinted at before, I wanted to focus more on the odds at sports betting. Therefore, I teamed up with Jan, whom I know since we were 18 years old, and who is equally passionate for sports in general and football in particular. Together, we co-founded our company and website Oddspedia. The main goal of our company is to provide valuable, competitive and user-friendly services for sports betting fans, players and publishers. Since its inception and over the course of several years, Oddspedia established itself as one of the biggest international affiliates in the sports betting world.

Could you elaborate on the cutting edge that Oddspedia possesses? There are other companies that offer similar services. What makes Oddspedia “the number one sports companion” of punters?

The website aims to provide as much value to the user as possible, and the information is conveyed in a manner to ensure a great user experience. It starts with guaranteeing a reliable odds comparison – odds on Oddspedia are being scanned in real-time across more than eighty bookmakers to ensure that only the most up-to-date data is displayed. This is complemented by features not commonly found in competing websites, such as geolocation to show only relevant betting sites for the user, direct links to bookmakers’ betslips, full odds movement history and various betting tools. This is part of what makes Oddspedia one of the best sites for odds comparison. But as a matter of fact Oddspedia offers much more than that. The website has amazing sports coverage as well, providing livescore information on more than 30 different sports. Users can also explore sports statistics, bonuses and promotions, or read the latest news on their favourite leagues, teams and matches. All of this wrapped in an app-like web experience, with quick performance and a state-of-art modern design makes it easy for Oddspedia to stand out from its competitors.

You recently overhauled the Oddspedia website. What are the new features that have become user favorites?

In August Oddspedia had the biggest makeover yet with its relaunch. The new version was in development for more than a year, and enabled the development team to apply new tools and technical innovations that were simply not possible on the old site. Major front-end and back-end changes were done to improve the user experience, and the new UI provides much more natural and polished user flow. To ensure seamless operation, updates regarding back-end software, systems,  processing odds nodes, and new integrations are introduced almost on a day-to-day basis.

You have also launched widgets for webmasters and digital publishers which help them monetize their website through affiliate marketing? Tell us more about the widgets and process of monetizing.

One of the main issues from editors, publishers and affiliates is providing real time data to their customers. Is extremely hard to find a proper way to do it. The Oddspedia Widgets fill the gap between the sports data feeds and the operators.

For editors, the Oddspedia Widgets have been developed as a real “all-in one” solution. These tools can be implemented into any site by simply pasting their code, providing that site’s users with real time odds data. Publishers can benefit from the live information by not only providing their users an odds comparison widget for free, but they can include their affiliate link to the respective bookmaker. Clicks are simply shared on a 50/50 basis. The way the split works is that the widgets rotate with two links, one for the publisher and the other for Oddspedia which will be applied with equal chance.

 Publishers will get real time sports data without any cost for them, at same time they offer that to their customers and readers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the betting and gambling companies, especially the traditional forms of betting and gambling. It is not yet done yet. How have the lock-down and social distancing measures affected your business?

In every crisis there’s an opportunity. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact all over the world and on our daily lives, with many businesses in almost every industry feeling the pinch. That’s no different with the gambling industry, as most major sports were suspended in the first lockdown during spring time.

At Oddspedia we expected that the interest in sports will even grow bigger in times of social distancing and isolation. But with the vast majority of sports canceled we had to find a way to react to the situation. We focused on increasing our sports portfolio and cover almost any event going on worldwide. As crazy as it sounds, the matches from a Table Tennis tournament in Russia were checked over a million times on Oddspedia.

There are still positives that can emerge from the pandemic, with virtual sports and esports being one of them. Virtual Sports truly boomed in interest. Esports betting is a vertical in the industry that was already rising in popularity before the outbreak. But now, it’s well on its way to establish itself as a major offering for operators and affiliates, which is set to continue even after we come out the other side of virus lockdowns.

It has been seven years since Oddspedia was launched. Most of these times, you focused mainly on Europe, especially the German-speaking countries. You are now venturing in to South America. How has the user response so far from the Latin American countries, who certainly love their football? Any plans to start operations in Asia?

Our entry into the South American market has been very successful. The audience there is extremely passionate about sports and betting, and they show a great demand for our product. Of course, we provide local users with well-targeted information from local bookies in their native language. We began with the integration of Spanish and Portuguese languages for our product, then we structured our content to be as engaging as possible for local users. It’s no secret, that for users from Brazil, as well as for other Latin American countries, football is the most popular sport. So when entering our website, we meet users with the most interesting football matches from their local leagues. These are shown first and then followed by popular worldwide championships.

This personalized approach is very successful and we have good and stable traffic coming from these countries

Several Asian countries, like Japan for example, are very interesting for oddspedia, as well. However, we deem it highly important to find the right partner when entering a country like that. It is crucial to have the right partner who is fond of the language, can translate and adapt to the correct betting terminology, and possesses local SEO knowledge. We envision to grant sublicenses for oddspedia if the right company to partner with comes knocking on our door.

The technology is moving at an unimaginably high speed. How do you think artificial intelligence and machine learning would impact the betting industry, and specifically the odds comparison

Automation based on machine learning has been key within ecommerce for years and the igaming industry should apply insights gained in other sectors. Offering a personal user experience in a responsible environment comes from understanding and catering to each individual player’s needs from an entertainment point of view. AI is a type of software or hardware that learns – and it could be programmed to learn mostly about users and their behavior and utilize those insights to drive the developments of new, hyper-personalised gaming and internet betting experiences. The technology is being applied to learn our habits, our likes, and our relationship patterns. Online gaming is an industry that runs on data, such as results, stakes, percentages, odds, stats, and so on. All of these numbers are constantly crunched, calculated and analysed behind every major gaming platform. For this reason, ML is actually playing a growing influential role in the sector, changing the game for both online gaming businesses and their players

Finally, what would be your key advises to any new entrepreneurs starting something new in the gambling industry or affiliate marketing sector?

Don’t start something just on your own if you are a newbie. First, dip your foot in the water and gain some experience in the industry. I would recommend starting with a job at a bigger affiliate company or in affiliate marketing at an operator. If you are smart, you can learn a lot quickly and avoid a bunch of costly mistakes you might have made otherwise. In the next step, you can try out your own ideas. By then, you already have a sound understanding of the industry, which allows you to make even better products right from the beginning and the timeframe until you are able to realize a return on your investment is likely to be much shorter, as well.

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Bojoko crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year 2020

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Online casino comparison site takes home its first EGR Operator Award off the back of a hugely successful year

 The party is continuing at Bojoko after the online gambling comparison site was named Casino Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Operator Awards 2020.

Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry, including Gambling.com Group, Catena Media and Blexr, to take home the trophy.

EGR judges said that Bojoko had showed “very strong growth” over the past three years having been the first to use the Airbnb and Trip Advisor model in the online casino sector.

The EGR judges said: “They continue to be innovative with a number of new features which has allowed them to grow to 26,000+ registered members.

“I really like the concept, it’s a true affiliate giving customers choice who to choose, growth looks decent and operators managing the page ensures compliance and cost control.

“It is a clever idea and model and shows good growth,” the judges added.

Bojoko allows online casino operators and game developers to create their own listing and tell their story through their own words, images and videos.

Bojoko members then rate and review online casinos and games based on the experience they receive, with Bojoko’s member base now standing at 26,000+.

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “We are thrilled to have been named Casino Affiliate 2020 at the EGR Awards and for Bojoko to be recognised as a true leader in the space.

“The Covid-19 pandemic saw operators pivot to casino as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of the global sports blackout, making the casino comparison sector even more competitive than normal.

“The Bojoko team rose to this challenge and I am so pleased that their efforts have been recognised by EGR and its panel of esteemed judges.

“Our mission from day one has been to help players find the best casinos for them while also meeting the highest possible standards when it comes to responsible gambling and safe gaming.

“We continue to innovate and introduce new tools and features to help players filter and compare the 160+ casinos and 40+ game developers listed on Bojoko.

“We have ambitious plans for the coming 12 months, including expanding into the US market, and look forward to doing this with our first EGR award in the bag.”

 

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Karhu launches Professional Gambling Affiliates Association

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Bojoko’s Chief Business Officer launches industry group with the aim of creating contractual security between affiliates and operators for the first time

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, has launched the Professional Gambling Affiliates Association (PGAA) to help improve the relationship between affiliates and operators and create contractual security for the first time.

Karhu formed the association after becoming concerned with the imbalance in the relationship between affiliates and operators. The PGAA will address this with affiliates coming together as one in order to push for contractual security and fair terms and conditions when promoting operator brands.

At present, there is no contractual security for affiliates who are forced to sign agreements that are one-sided and subject to change at any time. This can see life-time revenues slashed and fees increased with little to no notice.

This is not the case in other B2B industries and makes running an online gambling affiliate business incredibly difficult. Operating an organisation without a secured contract is unsustainable, making it impossible to invest in growth and putting jobs at risk.

The PGAA intends to create a contract that provides the security its members need to be able to promote operator brands now and moving forwards. The contract will be signed by PGAA members and their operator partners.

Bojoko will handle the initial communication between the PGAA and operators, and will also cover the legal cost associated with creating the PGAA contract. This includes any potential reviews or amendments required now and in the future.

Karhu is now calling on affiliates of all sizes to join the Professional Gambling Affiliates Association. Those interested in signing up can do so by requesting to join the dedicated Professional Gambling Affiliates LinkedIn Group here.

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “The situation online gambling affiliates face is unprecedented when compared with other industries and sectors. Running a business without a secured contract is simply unsustainable and puts organisations and their employees at great risk.

“By creating the PGAA, I hope to be able to provide the contractual security that affiliates need to be able to promote operator brands and be confident that the players they send and the revenues they generate are secured over time.

“I am now calling on all affiliates to join the PGAA and for operators and other industry stakeholders to support the association and its mission to level the playing field for affiliates and to provide the contractual security they need and deserve.”

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