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Affiliate Interviews: Christine, Co-Owner/Marketing Director at Streak Marketing, LLC

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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?

Name: Christine

Age: 47
Hometown: St.Louis
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? 

ChristineStreak 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?

ChristineStreak 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? 

ChristineAs 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...

GAV: How do you keep the content fresh and relevant on your website and forum, when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?Streakgaming.com index page

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?  

Christine: Russia

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: george@gamblingaffiliatevoice.com

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Blexr has been crowned Best Casino Affiliate at this year’s IGB Affiliate Awards

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Blexr has been crowned Best Casino Affiliate at this year’s IGB Affiliate Awards

The IGB judges said the company’s innovative work with SEO “helped Blexr stand out as a winner, and we liked the deposit guarantee that they offer to their customers”.

The judges added: “Their selective way of working means Blexr only collaborates with top quality partners, which judges felt had helped contribute to their impressive growth over the last 12 months.”

IGB also mentioned how “Blexr’s charitable work within the community helped them stand out as an affiliate to be highly commended”.

Blexr is a lead generation company which operates in the iGaming, sportsbook and forex affiliate markets. It also owns the Home Grounds website, which serves a community of home baristas.

Ian Hills, Blexr’s general manager in Malta, said: “We’re delighted and thrilled to be recognised by IGB this way.

“We pride ourselves on recruiting smart people with innovative ideas and winning a prestigious award like this one is a lovely way for the whole team to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication.”

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GiG Media reaches top 3 in EGR Power Affiliates Ranking

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GiG Media reaches top 3 in EGR Power Affiliates Ranking

 

Gaming Innovation Group’s media affiliate business, GiG Media has been given industry recognition as one of the top three power affiliates within the gaming industry in this year’s Power Affiliate Ranking 2021.

The annual Power Affiliates list commends 25 of the most successful affiliate businesses in the global gambling industry and is referred to by EGR as “a comprehensive rundown of the biggest online gambling affiliates operating in the sector today.”

GiG Media grew from strength to strength in 2020, In December 2020 GiG Media realised an all-time high in monthly revenue and generated the 2nd highest monthly player intake over the past two years. The positive developments continued in the new year. In  Q1 2021 GiG’s media business reached an all-time quarterly high in player intake and in revenue.  In Q1 2021 player intake grew 56% YoY and 31% QoQ hitting an all-time high in players generated quarterly for GiG Media.

Jonas Warrer, CMO at GiG said: “ I am extremely proud that we have officially been named one of the top three Power Affiliates in this year’s EGR Power Affiliates Ranking, up nine places from last year! This is a strong testament to all the hard work and dedication the organisation has put into improving our websites, our campaigns, our IT, our content, our design, – just to name a few areas. I am happy to see that our focus on organic growth resulted in continuous improvements throughout 2020, with the aim of new all-time-highs to come throughout the rest of 2021.”

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Bojoko crowned Affiliate of the Year at EGR Nordic Awards

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Bojoko crowned Affiliate of the Year at EGR Nordic Awards

 

Popular online casino listing site fends off stiff competition to take home the trophy at prestigious awards ceremony

 The Bojoko team is celebrating once again after being named Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Nordic Awards 2021.

This is the second EGR award that Bojoko has taken home after being crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year at the hotly contested EGR Operator Awards 2020.

Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry including AskGamblers, Better Collective, Blexr, Catena Media and the Gambling.com Group.

EGR judges said it had been “another excellent year” for Bojoko and that its SEO performance and overall conversion “really shines”.

The EGR judges added: “A more unique idea than most affiliates with great growth and sustainability. A very clever and new type of affiliate that is showing great success. Well done!”

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

Bojoko members, of which there are now 30,000+, then rate and review each casino and game and share their honest opinion about the experience they receive.

During the judging period Bojoko built out its team dedicated to the Nordics which led to a 10x increase in unique site visitors and a 25x increase in registered Finnish players.

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, said: “We will need to find more space for our trophies after scooping our second EGR award in as many months but seriously, the entire team is thrilled how have been recognised for our work in the Nordics.

“The Nordics remain a key focus for us and we see plenty of opportunity to drive growth from the region by providing players with our award-winning online casino listing product and service.

“Our mission from day one has been to help players quickly and easily select online casinos through transparency and community feedback and it is a concept that has proved to be hugely popular.

“I would like to thank the EGR judges for recognising our efforts and successes in the Nordics by crowning Bojoko Affiliate of the Year 2021.”

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