In this new Affiliate Interview you can get to know a true veteran of the industry.
Name: Håkan Klingén
Living in: Sweden
Profession/Job title: Everything at NicerOdds.co.uk
GAV: Hello Hakan, tell us a bit about yourself, we would like to get know the real Hakan, the main person behind Nicerodds.co.uk. What was the main idea of developing this great odds comparison website?
Håkan: I was a professional bettor for many years and needed a tool for odds comparisons. At that time no odds comparison site was good at outright odds or novelty bets odds, so that is my focus.
GAV: We know that you’re active in the industry since the late 1980’s! What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?
Håkan: Well, I started to place bets at different bookmakers in the 80’s, but you got higher and higher odds for every year… If we talk about my business, I had worked with outsourcing since the 80’s and today it is much easier for you to focus on what you do best and find freelancers to help you with the other things, even if it is small things.
GAV: We have surfed your site and found some high quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing for you?
Håkan: Thank you. I have NicerOdds.co.uk in 29 languages and have one freelancer for every language version and some extra for the English one – let’s say one for every sport.
GAV: How do you keep the content always fresh and devoid of clutter when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?
Håkan: Take help with what you don’t have time to do.
GAV: We are sure that you receive daily messages from Affiliate Managers showcasing their 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?
Håkan: Well, of course it is more fun to answer messages from people I had met. After seven years of affiliate conferences some people has changed company sometimes. What was the question again?…
GAV: How do you see the future of the online betting industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?
Håkan: Yes, some politicians think that if you turn off the crane people stop being thirsty, but we all know that that’s not true.
GAV: How was the affiliate industry when you first got started? Fill us in a bit!
Håkan: I started as an affiliate 1999 and started to focus on iGaming 2003. I think it was in 2007 I first had some contact with an affiliate manager (before that there was most self service by the web for affiliates) and 2009 I started to visit conferences.
GAV: Can you name one change that you want to see in the sports betting / online casino affiliate ecosystem?
Håkan: I am looking forward to even more fun odds on novelty bets.
GAV: What advise you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?
Håkan: Focus on what you do best. After 14 years with the same site I still only have 1 site (but in 29 langauge versions). I still have focus on odds, because that is what I know best.
GAV: What is your opinion about Binary Options / Trading ?
Håkan: No one..
GAV: How about the BitCoin?
Håkan: I think peer-to-peer is the future. That doesn’t mean BitCoin will be the winner. Google was not the first search engine…
GAV: Do you attend any iGaming or affiliate conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?
Håkan: I visit Amsterdam every year. I am looking forward to meet everyone there.
GAV: How do you rate the chances of Eastern Europe becoming potential gaming hot-spot of the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?
Håkan: Sorry. I live up in cold Sweden and have no idea…
GAV: Alright, here comes the fun part…., where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, some part of the region maybe that you haven’t visited yet and favorite destination around the world.
Håkan: I had never been to Budapest. I am sorry I can’t visit the conference in Budapest this year, but hopefully next year…
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
Håkan: Haha. I think you should focus on what you do – and don’t on what you don’t do.
GAV: What is your opinion about gamblingaffiliatevoice.com?
Håkan: I work alone from my home so it is very interesting to read about other affiliates and other things on your site.
GAV: Thanks for the interview Håkan, it was a real pleasure. We wish you all the best and enjoy the summer!
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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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