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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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