Here is our latest affiliate success story, starring Christine of Streakgaming.com, who is well known in the community for being well established and trustworthy!
GAV: First of all we would like to thank you for the opportunity. Could you share with us your profile so our readers can get a better idea of who you are?
Living in: USA
Favorite Food: Sushi
Must Read Book:Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series Profession/Job title:Co-Owner/Marketing Director
GAV: Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Christine really is, the main person behind Streak Gaming. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great online gambling directory and forum ?
Christine: Born in St. Louis, Mo. Back in the cowboy day of online gambling I stumbled on a bingo site, Moo Cow bingo to be exact. Once I’ve seen the site I thought to myself, wait a minute this is brilliant, I can do this type of marketing and site building! After that, I become a single Mom of four and from there on this became my full time job and profession. I met my amazing business partner Carolyn who handles the technical/webmaster duties of the business. Between the both of us we have managed to create and maintain a power brand in iGaming.
GAV: Since there are thousands of websites in this niche out there, where do you think Streakgaming.com stands now?
Christine: Streak Gaming stands as one of the top brands, we are well established and have never suffered Google panda penalties since we have always maintained good white hat ethical work.
GAV: What are the strong points of Streakgaming.com and what makes it stand out from the other niche websites/directories?
Christine: Streak Gaming stands out because we are one of the few forums’s left in the industry; we have weathered out many storms with the never ending regulations. We plan to be around for a long time to come :). Staying up to date with the latest marketing trends, along with the use of social media is a must!
GAV: How did you start and what bumps did you have to overcome at the beginning?
Christine: As I stated in a previous question we started as housewives and I guess you can say we fell into the niche market at the right time. From there we have prided ourselves to work with brands who maintain good ethics; we put players first and foremost.
GAV: We have surfed your website and found some quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing for you? How many casino reviews are there on your website? How about the forum?
Christine: I generally write the content myself thanks for noticing my hard work! We have paid a few free lancers to do a bit of reviews in the past as well. Most of our content is paid staff whom has been around for over 10 yrs. Hiring good dedicated employees has been the back bone of our success. I could not comment on how many reviews we have since Streak Gaming has been around for 13 years, too many to count...
Christine: We make it a point to maintain a close working relationships with our AM of all brands. Many times they are sending us newsletters, or we follow them on social media. There are four of us who slit this task so it becomes so much easier to keep up.
GAV: We are pretty 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 Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationships should be built?
Christine: I am a big fan of developing close working relationships with my AM. As of late it seems that there are newer breeds of AM’s in the industry, who do not care to chat with affiliates or try to get to know them. I am all for the old school relationship building. I tend to market brands more when the AM goes out of their way to keep me updated with their products. I also attend conferences, I like building that relationship with face to face networking.
GAV: How do you see the future of the online casino industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon?
Christine: This is the question of the year… There is a lot of speculation but I do think we will see more power in affiliate networks. I think many of the small affiliates will be absorbed by these big brands. Then we have to factor in regulations, this is becoming more and more of a problem for many of us. I hope the US can become a fun market for us all soon as well!
GAV: Tell us one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?!
Christine: I would like to see the black hat affiliates wiped away forever… Also, if the big companies would recognize affiliates as the front line of their marketing force that would be great.
GAV: What advise you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry!?
Christine: Don’t take short cuts, find a niche market and jump in! I would focus more on live games, mobile and whatever the newest trends are at the time… Be ready to give a lot of time to this business, it does not come easy. Be persistent and you will succeed.
GAV: Do you attend any iGaming/online casino conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?
Christine: I would have to say that the London Affiliate Conference (LAC) is my favorite and the most productive for networking. I attend several a year and plan on making my first trip to Malta for SiGMA next month. I also attend G2E in Vegas which is also a very good conference; I can see the state of gaming in the USA.
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?
Christine: I actually think the next biggest hotspot will be South America or Mexico. I would love to see Eastern Europe explode in iGaming but again with regulation that seems to be a long time away for us.
GAV: And now for the fun part…., where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?
Christine: Well I have been to Hungary a few times so, I think my answer would be Romania.
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
GAV: Do you have a favorite celebrity?
Christine: Matthew McConaughey
GAV: What is your opinion about GAV (GamblingAffiliateVoice.com)?
Christine: I have just discovered this site after you reached out to me. I see great potential and love that you found a good niche for yourself. I look forward to seeing your future growth and hope to meet you in person one day soon.
GAV: Thanks for your time Christine, we appreciate it, all the best to you and if you have any newsworthy updates feel free to contact us!
If you would like to suggest some more questions or subjects for future interviews, be sure to send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AffiliateINSIDER hosts first-of-its-kind Business Coaching Workshop at AIBootcamp with George Swift , Bigger Brighter Bolder
Celebrated UK entrepreneur business coach George Swift will host an exclusive ‘Elevate and Thrive’ Affiliate Business Coaching Workshop at March’s AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp, the first time such an initiative has ever been offered at an igaming affiliate event.
Held at Under the Bridge, a unique and stylish venue positioned underneath Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, the two-day event on 21-22 March has been designed to help igaming affiliates growth hack and gain expert digital knowledge for driving traffic to their sites.
Swift, who runs business coaching group Bigger, Brighter, Bolder (BBB), will ensure affiliate entrepreneurs focus on their individual journey in obtaining business success and have the right business mindset to drive revenue growth.
The workshop is built around the ‘hero’s journey’ – a powerful metaphor for the journey to business success. While learning tools and tactics is essential, equally important for success is having the right business mindset.
Business coaches can be an invaluable resource when it comes to bolstering your business model, with the International Coach Federation suggesting they can increase
profit margins by an average of 46%. Further research has demonstrated a 570% return on initial investment in coaching.
This coaching session is not only unique to the AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp conference, it is the first time an affiliate event will host a dedicated business coaching workshop.
Curated by AI founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone, the event boasts a full two-day agenda of digital expert speakers, an experts mentor panel and several opportunities to make new introductions, giving attendees the chance to grow their business network.
“We are delighted to be hosting the first curated affiliate business coaching workshop for iGaming affiliates at Bootcamp this year. Affiliates who are looking to growth hack their business will certainly get the digital insights they need to get ahead of the curve and we’ll help them build a stronger entrepreneurial mindset to support their business success,” Johnstone explained.
Swift added: “I believe entrepreneurism is the greatest vocation on earth and offers an unprecedented opportunity to those that step up to its calling. However, that opportunity comes at a price: it’s hard work, challenging and can be very lonely.
“Whilst every journey is unique, there are commonalities we all share and those are what I will be sharing on the day. I’m really excited to be part of the AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp and I’m looking forward to sharing the Entrepreneurial Journey of Success with all present.”
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.
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