Meet Faith Knott of Madaboutlottery.com! Faith is new to the industry but is running MadAbout Media Ltd‘s brand new portal Madaboutlottery.com.
Name: Faith Knott
Living in: Widnes
Favorite Food: Chicken Nuggets
Must Read Book: The Secret
Profession/Job title: Web Administrator
GAV: Hi Faith, first of all, tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourself. How did your career start in the industry? What was the key idea of developing this great online lottery comparison site?
Faith: Hi, I first started in the industry about 15 months ago. Previously I was in the retail and sales industry and seen this job advertised and thought I’d try my hand at online marketing sales. When I started at MadAbout Media they had already established online bingo and casino comparison sites, and lottery seemed the next logical gaming niche to target.
GAV: Since there are thousands and thousands of online lottery websites in this niche out there, where do you think MadAboutLottery.com stands now?
Faith: MadAboutLOTTERY.com launched about 12 months ago so it is still pretty new but we have 100% unique content, dedicated social channels and have fantastic working relationships with lottery affiliate managers. So hopefully in the next 12 months it will be a well established online lottery comparison site.
GAV: How do you see the UK online lotto market at this moment?
Faith: Lottery in the UK is huge at the moment, specially with all the different variations of lotto games and syndicates. These are just two of the reasons that we want to advertise lottery as players, like in other niches, love variety.
GAV: How about the Irish one?
Faith: Just like the UK and lotteries all over the world, the Irish market is huge and has the potential to become bigger still.
GAV: In your opinion what are the strong points of MadAboutLottery.com and what makes it stand out from the other UK niche websites/directories?
Faith: As mentioned earlier, the site has trustworthy content plus dedicated affiliate managers helping us to push their brands by offering MadAbout Lottery players unique offers and bonuses.
GAV: How did you start and most of all what bumps did you have to overcome at the beginning?
Faith: We have a slots comparison site http://www.mobileslotsites.com/ that ranks really well and a site template that helps players navigate the site easily, so we used the tried and tested template with the lottery site and that seems to be working great for us. There wasn’t really many bumps to overcome but the main obstacle was the language barrier with affiliate managers from overseas lotteries.
GAV: We have found some great quality content on the site. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you – with you? How many lotto site reviews are there on your website?
Faith: We have a dedicated writer for MadAbout Lottery who sign up to all the different brands. They play the games, they check the promotions that are advertised work whether it be a deposit bonus or free tickets. At the moment we have just under 50 reviews, these include all different national lotteries plus sites that offer syndicate options. As and when new lotteries and lotto games become available we will add them to the site to give our players more options.
GAV: How do you manage to keep the content fresh and relevant on your website, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet non-stop?
Faith: We keep the content fresh by visiting the brands we advertise and being in communication with their affiliate managers almost on a daily basis. This helps us make sure bonuses, offers and the latest promotions are always up to date on our site and social channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
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?
Faith: All the affiliate managers I work with are professional, friendly and approachable. Although I’ve had emails from affiliate managers who don’t introduce themselves in their email and almost demand to be added to our site and to take up the homepage in the best converting positions. I believe that a real Affiliate Manager/Affiliate relationship should be almost like a friendship as well as a professional business relationship, after all we are all working towards the same goal.
GAV: How do you see the future of the online/landbased lotto industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon? What about the UK market’s future?
Faith: I think the UK and global lottery markets will only get bigger and better. With the emergence of mobile and tablet gaming people can buy tickets any time of the day wherever they are. Plus lottery sites also offer instant games so players can play a variety of games while they wait for the lottery numbers to be drawn.
GAV: Tell us one change that you want to see in the lotto affiliate ecosystem?!
Faith: Regular payment dates and realistic thresholds would be ideal. Some thresholds are far to high and can take a few months to hit. Another would be access to more tools such as live lottery XML feeds and direct landing page links to the different lotto’s.
GAV: Do you have any advise you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry!?
Faith: Being a newbie myself I’ve already seen the benefits, I’ve attended a few conferences and met some fantastic business contacts/friends. The affiliate managers even run competitions which benefit us affiliates, I myself was lucky enough to win such a competition from attending LAC. So if you are new to the industry and you feel like giving up, don’t, as the perks are fantastic.
GAV: Do you attend any iGaming/online casino conferences? If so, which one is your favourite and what is your most fun experience?
Faith: I’ve attended a few conferences but LAC was by far the best. I was looking forward to attending AAC but unfortunately can’t attend, but there is always next year or maybe I’ll be at Berlin at the end of this year.
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?
Faith: The Eastern European market, like any other market world wide has the potential to become a gaming hotspot. If their market is regulated and policed correctly it should do really well.
GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?
Faith: I would like to travel to Poland, it looks a lovely country and a nice short getaway for a city break.
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
Faith: I’ve never really thought about it, but there are a lot of beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, as long as it was safe I would travel to most places.
GAV: How about a favourite celebrity, do you have one one?
Faith: I’d probably say Channing Tatum, because whats no to like 😉
GAV: What is your opinion about the Gambling Affiliate Voice?
Faith: I’m a regular visitor to the Gambling Affiliate Voice to keep up to date with upcoming events and certified websites. It is a fantastic site for an affiliate such as myself 🙂
GAV: Thanks for the interview Faith, it was a real pleasure. We wish you all the best and Happy Birthday to MadAbout Lottery!!!
If you would like to suggest subjects for future affiliate 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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