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Affiliate Interviews: Jos Moes, owner and CEO of Sportwedtips and the new Betchant.com

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The journey continues, we are bringing you inspirational stories of gambling affiliates, who have managed to climb the ladder and start their own business in the industry. We catch up with Jos Moes, the owner and CEO of Sportwedtips.nl and the new Betchant.com

EEG: First, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview such a highly appreciated professional of the industry. Could you give some details about your profile? I’m sure this way the readers will not think you are robot after reading this interview 🙂

  • Name: Jos Moes
  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Alkmaar
  • Living in: Heiloo
  • Favorite Food: Lasagna
  • Must Read Book: The Davinci Code

EEG:Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Jos Moes really is, the main person behind sportwedtips.nl and the all new BetChant.com. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great website for top online bookmakers and betting news?

Jos: Hi Guys,

I am Jos Moes, I’m 27 years old and I’m the owner and CEO of Sportwedtips.nl and the new Betchant.com. I was born in Alkmaar, a small city near Amsterdam in The Netherlands. As a huge sports fan and good programmer I started some funny sports site years ago with some bookmaker ads on it. One day I earned €4000 with this small website and I thought wow, I am going to investigate how this market works.  After that everything went very quickly from a 200 likes facebookpage to a 1500+ daily visited tipster website to an international tipster platform. Now we are just 1 month live with our beta of www.sportwedtips.nl and when all the small bugs are removed we will take over the world with www.betchant.com too!

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EEG:Since there are thousands of bookmaker review websites out there, where do you think your website stands now and what are you looking to achieve with BetChant.com?

Jos: We’re not just a review site because the members (sing up for free) can get social on our website, discuss about sports tips, bookmaker offers and more. It’s not only informative to visit our website but also fun because you can win badges and take part of tipster competitions.  In Holland our website is a success now and we want to take over the sports handicapper world with Betchant!

EEG:What are the strong points of your website and what makes it stand out from the niche websites?

Jos: I think the diversity, it’s not only based on one sport but on several popular sports. Next to that, the website runs itself by the sports tipster and preview writers who loves to provide people with good betting information and staying connected to each other.

EEG:What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?

Jos: In my opinion there are a few:

  1. When you work together with other programmers who don’t know a thing about gambling, sometimes it’s hard to explain some betting related terms or formulas.
  2. Because of the large amount of offers and some popular bookmakers people use mostly it’s hard to find customers for bookmakers with a less known name and to let your players keep playing at those bookies. But nice deals and good promotions will do the trick mostly.
  3. Because all the bookies are such big companies, it’s difficult to get things fixed quickly. Some elements need to go by several ways for you get a decent solution or answer on your question.

EEG:What are the strategies you are using to get traffic and players to your website? Social Media, Payed advertising?

Jos: When we got started, we promoted a lot on Social Media with payed advertisers but now-a-days it all comes by itself. Off course you need to  provide the followers and readers with good content, but when you are creative and original, the articles and tips will be shared by the people itself.

EEG:We have browsed your website and found some high quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing the reviews? How many reviews are there on your website?

Jos: Thanks for the nice words! In the Netherlands we are now writing with a team of 5 men, each of them specialized on their own sports. The power of good content is to be original and not repost something a rival did.

EEG:How do you keep the content fresh and devoid of clutter when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Jos: That’s a good question. Now-a-days you see one message which is going viral on twenty different betting related pages a day. Everybody is copying each others articles to gain more followers. We also see this things happen at our pages, tips posted on our page are posted one hour later on some other so called tipster pages.  Our main key is to keep our articles related to our page and write them ourselves instead of copying and adjust some things. Also an important thing is to be the first one with something, if you post something first, you will mostly get the credits you deserve. So the lesson of today is BE ORIGINAL!

EEG: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?

Jos: Many times I get the feeling that account managers are kind of lazy. Maybe it’s the company,  I don’t know. Most of the time if you want to achieve something you have to ask things by yourself. For example, a simple thing such as to get on a promotion mailing list. That kind of things are very effective to get new customers, but when you don’t ask to get this info you don’t get a thing.  If I should own a bookmakers office, my accountmanagers had to discuss numbers and promtotions on a monthly base with their affiliates. And not only the big ones but also the small ones, everybody started small and wanted to grow. When we were  a small company it was very hard to get some promotions like a free bet budget cause you don’t bring any customers, I understand the arguments for that but if the big boys always get the biggest marketing materials, the small ones stay small en the big boys stay big which is not fair in my opinion.

EEG:How do you see the future of the gaming industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?

Jos: The last years you see magnificent changes in the gaming industry. The full Premier League is sponsored by huge bookmakers, all the biggest clubs in the world are sponsored by bookmakers and every year you see a lot more sports events with bookmakers as sponsors. I think it’s a good thing because prices are going up and it’s more attractive to visit or play such events. For example, darts. When you saw it 10 years ago and you see it now-a-days, it’s a massive change in popularity but there is also a change in the prices.

 

EEG:What advise you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?

Jos: Be patience, you don’t earn 20k in your first half year, but keep positive and stay connected with your visitors to reach your goal. If you want to succeed and you got a good plan, you will succeed!

EEG: Who is your favourite celebrity?

Jos: Wow, in general I would say Steve Jobs and Johnny Depp. But we are now sports related so I will go for Ronaldhino.

EEG:If you would just open your Youtube search bar, what would you search for?

Jos: Some nice house or rap music

EEG:Back to work. Do you attend any igaming conferences? If so, which one is your favourite and what is your most fun experience?

Jos: Yes we always attend the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference in June every year. Mostly it’s a lot of fun to discuss some nice deals with some nice dinners or crazy party’s!

EEG:How do you rate the chances of Eastern Europe becoming potential gaming hotpot of the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

Jos: You see a lot of crazy stuff over there with TV shows about betting, we can’t imagine that kind of things here. A news program about betting tips for the weekend, it’s great haha! I don’t think the companies have to improve a lot but the well being needs to go up to get it on a same level as the UK for example.

EEG:Alright, here comes the fun part….favourite food, where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, some part of the region maybe that you haven’t visited yet and favourite destination around the world.

Jos: Lasagna, Croatia and Brazil

EEG:Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?

Jos: Right now at Ukraine.

EEG:What is your opinion about EEG (Eastern European Gaming – eegaming.org)?

Jos: I love the concept, it’s nice to read new things, interviews with other people and nice tips & tricks everybody uses.

 

 

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Meet Reza Shojaei, the founder of multinational CasinoTop.com

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Value Marketing is a successful iGaming affiliate company that has its base set in Malta. Reza Shojaei, the founder of the company has spent years patiently building the company up, reaching multiple markets around the globe. The journey is not even nearly finished yet, and there is much more to come. Shojaei is excited for 2020 and what it will bring for Value Marketing’s two major brands: CasinoTopp.net and CasinoTop.com.

Who is Reza Shojaei?
Reza Shojaei is the founder of Value Marketing. Here, we will meet Reza.

Name: Reza Shojaei
Age: 35
From: Norway
Living in: Norway
Job title: Founder of Value Marketing
Favorite hobby: Playing poker and taking my dog, Bofflee, to long walks, racing cars on track

Tell us about Value Marketing
Value Marketing used to operate within face-to-face sales industry, but I personally was not passionate about it. So, after some time, I decided to take the company to another direction. In 2017, we discussed about getting into iGaming, because it was of interest to me and also because we saw a problem in the industry that needed to be solved.

I have been playing poker for over 15 years, so I was familiar with the industry already. As the online casino market is ever-growing, there are more and more iGaming related companies and especially online casinos opening all the time. The problem is that there are so many casinos that it is hard for players (especially new ones) to choose a reliable casino that is also high quality.

I founded Value Marketing and its two brands, CasinoTopp.net and CasinoTop.com, to provide honest and transparent information about reliable casinos. We never recommend any casinos that do not meet our standards and our readers respect us for that. Also, we provide other valuable information for players, such as casino guides and up-to-date casino news.

Frankly, we never got into this business purely for money and that is not our first priority. The top priority is to put our readers first and make sure that they are happy with our content. In fact, we even give our readers the chance to contact us and share their casino experiences. So, in a way, we build our brand with the help of our readers and also take their opinion into account.

What is the ultimate mission of Value Marketing?
We want CasinoTop.com to operate all over the world and have the biggest casino affiliate network across the globe. Currently, we operate in 12 countries. They include, for instance, Finland, Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and India.

Why is Value Marketing different from other casino affiliate sites?
The number one reason why Value Marketing is different from others is that we do not work with any casinos that do not meet our standards. For us, it is important to provide 100 percent accurate content and write articles that are valuable for our readers. We also offer the readers a chance to be in touch with us, which is something that many sites do not do.

Why did you decide to launch Value Marketing and its brands?
I was tired of field marketing/face-to-face sales and wanted to do something that I had a passion for. I love playing poker, so transitioning to the iGaming world was only natural. Also, we saw a need for a big casino affiliate company that covers multiple markets and also offers honest opinions and reviews. This way, our readers know that they can trust us, and we can build a great reputation globally.

How do you see the iGaming market in the next years in Europe?
In Europe, online casinos are a big thing. There are constantly more and more casinos and rules and regulations change. One of the biggest things recently was the Swedish license, and we hope to see such a change in other countries too, for instance, in Norway and Finland, though it may not happen very soon.

What would you like to change in the gambling industry?
The mission of Value Marketing is to provide excellent and honest reviews that are transparent, and we hope that other sites take that approach as well. Though there are not many rogue casinos out there, there are casinos that are more reliable and better quality than others. Those are the casinos that should get the traffic and the attention from affiliates and players.

What is the hardest thing about running Value Marketing?
At the moment, we have launched 12 markets and we have copywriters, editors, designers, and developers in our roster, all from around the world. Keeping in touch with everyone in a timely manner can get challenging because of time zone differences. But overall, I love what I do and look forward to my work every day.

What do you expect from the gambling industry in the next year?
We can definitely see more pay & play casinos, as they have been trending among players recently. Also, we can only expect even better-quality games and especially NetEnt and Wazdan has really been on top of it. 3D graphics and more interactive games are great and perhaps virtual reality takes off, too, in the iGaming industry. Some rules and regulations might relax as well, considering that the US already opened a few states for online gaming and Sweden has their own license now.

What do you expect from Value Marketing in the next year?
In 2020, we are hoping to open more markets in addition to the ones that are already open. Also, improving our current content and redefining goals is always on my plate.

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A Representative of Storm International will Speak at the Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

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A Representative of Storm International will Speak at the Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

 

Lavrenty Gubin will present a report on the key elements of a successful casino

There is a series of conferences and exhibitions to take place in Kiev in the coming months due to the upcoming gaming business legalization.

The Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will take place in the capital of Ukraine on December 18, 2019.
The core topic of the conference is gaming business legalization in Ukraine and adoption of international experience in the field of regulation.

Lavrenty Gubin, Marketing and PR Director of Storm International, was invited to the conference as a speaker to cover the land-based casinos sector. Lavrenty will make a presentation on the international experience required to open a brand new casino like Shangri La Tbilisi or SL Casino Riga.

The conference will gather government officials, operators, software developers, marketers and other industry professionals to discuss the future of the Ukrainian gaming business. The conference is run by Smile Expo, a well known industry events organizer in Western Europe and CIS.

Conference website: affiliateconf.com.ua

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

 

We should know by now that King Billy Casino was bound to be in the limelight for one more time. True to the words of the great Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”, King Billy does it for the third time in a row.

So, after being shortlisted at the prestigious iGB Awards (and from there, winning it all), being shortlisted again at the prestigious EGR Awards, the King Billy Affiliate Program has now also been shortlisted at the prestigious SBC Awards (event to be held on December 3). Moreover, the operator is also on the SBC Awards short list for Casino Rising Star.

We asked the mastermind behind this tremendous streak, Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Head of Affiliates to share his feelings with us and a few words about this new distinction. He was, understandably, in a state of euphoria:

“This is beyond our wildest dreams! To complete the “Big 3” of the industry’s annual biggest awards shows, by being short-listed in each and every one of them fills us all with immense pride. At King Billy Casino, we set out with a single goal in mind: to move beyond the commission and offer to our affiliates a program never seen before. We are happy that our effort is recognized by both judges and Affiliates!”

The SBC Awards, now in its 6th year, recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across all major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers and data. The Awards will be held at Battersea Evolution, in the heart of London, bringing together 700 gaming industry delegates.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 5 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games providers and features. King Billy has built on creating a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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