In this affiliate success story you’ll get to know Luigi Piromalli, founder and owner of TopClassBet.com, a very interesting site filled with in-depth reviews of bookmakers, rankings based on the services offered, from financial betting to virtual sports and many other curiosities and also insights on sports betting.
GAV: First of all thank you for the opportunity Luigi! Could you share with us your profile so our readers can get a better idea of who you are?
Name: Luigi Piromalli
Hometown: Vibo Valentia, Italy
Living in: Vicenza, Italy
Favorite Food: Fish
Must Read Book: Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
Profession/Job title: Founder and Owner at TopClassBet
GAV: Hi Luigi, tell us a bit about yourself, we would like to know who Luigi really is, the main person behind Topclassbet.com. What was the key idea of developing this great betting website?
Luigi: Hello, my name is Luigi Piromalli, I was born in Vibo Valentia, a small town in southern Italy on March 25, 1978. After graduating as Data Processor Operator, I received other certificates as expert in the use of the old MS- DOS. A few years later, considering that my passion for the web and for online gaming was growing more and more, i decided to use my experience and my knowledge creating TopClassBet. The basic idea was to offer the end user with all the useful information in choosing the right bookmaker. After more than four years I can be satisfied with the results achieved.
GAV: What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?
Luigi: Undoubtedly working in the world of online betting is not easy, the biggest obstacle is represented by the multitude of great competitors and by market saturation. All difficulties can be overcome only by offering unbiased real data, putting passion and self denial. I have no problems adding that, contents theft and improper techniques of some competitors, are an obstacle for people like me who started without a big budget and without disturbing those who already worked in this field.
GAV: We have surfed your website and found some high quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing for you?
Luigi: I am lucky to work closely with competent people, the articles are mostly created by me and written by my staff. My staff is also involved in translations and online marketing. I can be satisfied and safe from any kind of problems.
GAV: 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?
Luigi: Let me congratulate for this, it is a question which fully hits the real reason for success or failure. The web offers interesting insights in various fields, particularly, in the world of online betting you will encounter reliable and meticulous sites, but likewise, the risk of finding useless and devoid contents of any practical benefit is very high. The world of online affiliations that revolves around sports betting or betting in general, is full of vultures and unscrupulous people. Just to get that famous click many are ready to write any kind of falsehood or completely invent pumped data. As I said earlier the trick is the one to be honest and impartial while not hiding some sympathies towards particular companies.
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?
Luigi: Yes, I receive lots of requests from affiliate managers, they do their job and I do mine, this means that I can not materially promote every applicant. I choose the bookmakers according to the parameters that I have set, they must be really useful to the bettor. As for my interests, I can safely say that I choose based on the solidity and reliability of the company, in general the commission model is similar for all bookmakers. The relationship created between affiliate and manager must be of mutual respect and maximum cooperation, once started it is important to continue working together to maximize the efforts.
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?
Luigi: Good question, surely the world of online betting is still growing, especially in countries that were once considered poor and backward. Today the Internet has reached many places which were not even served by water and this has helped to increase the turnover of the companies that operate online,especially bookmakers. They are already a global phenomenon and data confirm this. These numbers are expected to increase significantly in the coming years.
GAV: Can you name one change that you want to see in the sports betting affiliate ecosystem?
Luigi: If I could express, this desire would be to have more perspicuity about players data of those who register with bookmakers thanks to my sites. I do not ask to access Personal Data of the individual customer but to be able to know how much he deposited and what he betted on . I ceased collaborations with many companies just for lack of transparency and because figures didn’t add up. Unfortunately, not everyone in this field is honest, in fact I can state that at least 30% of the bookmakers do not deserve any consideration from us affiliates.
GAV: What advise you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?
Luigi: I would recommend them not to think about earnings only, but to concentrate on services for their users. I would also recommend to test and discover peculiarities of each company they want to promote, in other words, to choose the bookmaker to be promoted by putting themselves in the gambler shoes. The first step to success is to keep the user a faithful customer, and the only way to earn respect on the web is by showing honesty.
GAV: Who is your favorite celebrity?
Luigi: Keeping on the sport subject, my greatest idol is Zinedine Zidane.
GAV: If you would just open your YouTube search bar, what would you search for?
Luigi: I habitually use YouTube to listen to music, but on several occasions I used it to watch some very interesting tutorials.
GAV: Back to work. Do you attend any iGaming conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?
Luigi: Fortunately I got to know personally some affiliate managers and receive the greetings of their companies, but I have not yet had the opportunity to attend any affiliates conference. In February, however, I should be able to attend the one that will be held in London. I hope I will have fun.
GAV: How do you rate the chances of Eastern Europe becoming potential gaming hotspot of the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?
Luigi: Eastern Europe is a good market, but has yet to take off. I know very well that niche and I can tell you that I foresee a very strong growth in 2017. I believe that in general the development should focus on all the countries of Eastern Europe, but if I had to state two names i’d say Croatia and Czech Republic.
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?
Luigi: I’d like to visit Hungary and Bulgaria, i think next year i will visit one of those two. Worldwide, there are many lovely places but if i had to pick just one i would tell you Moscow.
GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
Luigi: Let’s say I have traveled extensively in Eastern Europe and I have no antipathy towards any country. But if I have to state a name, Romania does not excites me and I do not think I’ll never go. As you know, Italy is a very welcome country to Romanians and I got to know their traditions and their respectable history, but I also know that is not exactly great going to waste a vacation in Romania.
GAV: What is your opinion about GAV (gamblingaffiliatevoice.com)?
Luigi: I’ll answer with pleasure because I find GAV an innovative site and a good meeting point for people like me who work in this field. Have a say in this area is important, to be considered people before numbers is challenging and rewarding. So as well as being honored to have participated in your interview, I’m glad of your work. Thank you.
GAV: Thank you very much Luigi for your time, interest and kind words! We wish you all the best for the year to come!
Digital Marketing Mixer to be hosted for second iteration of FREE business networking on 30th June
Last month saw the launch of the first Digital Marketing Mixer, a FREE business networking event created by Lee-Ann Johnstone which hosted over 150+ iGaming and Affiliate Marketing professionals in attendance.
The event which received outstanding delegate reviews, will be hosted again on Monday 30th June between 4-6pm (BST) via Zoom. The aim of the speed networking event is to bring together affiliates and digital marketers, technology providers , agencies, experts and marketing service providers together to promote their services virtually.
With limits on travel and attendance at physical events still in play opportunities to network for new business have been limited. That combined with increased remote working has had a natural impact on business development slowing in the short term.
The Digital Marketing Mixer has been created as an open platform for professional social networking to take place in a structured but relaxed virtual atmosphere. The event has been created to support new business and continued lead generation for all businesses operating in the Affiliate industry.
Lee-Ann Johnstone, the event host commented: “The Digital Marketing Mixer is a key event for digital and affiliate marketing businesses to get better connected during this uncertain time. The objective is simple, bring people together to talk, to collaborate and ensure new business and service opportunities continue to thrive. I’ve created this FREE networking event for EVERYONE to benefit from in the affiliate industry to help get new business deals done.”
The mixer remains 100% FREE for delegates to attend and is open to any vertical. Once again the event is held in collaboration with founding collaborators GPWA.org, iBet Directory, and AffiliateINSIDER collaborating to deliver this event.
“The toughest part of the conference experience to replicate online was always going to be those oh-so-important conversations in the bar. I was delighted to find myself in just such conversations at the Digital Marketing Mixer – top marks! “ said Sue Dawson from bestnewbingosites.co.uk who attended last month’s inaugural event.
The Digital Marketing Mixer will offer a host of fun networking games, speed selling challenges and enable delegates to enjoy discussing the latest industry trends whilst providing a platform to market their goods and services. The focus of this event remains on getting digital and affiliate marketing professionals quickly connected, getting new deals – done!
Lloyd Richman, founder of iBet Directory commented: “The Digital Marketing Mixer Party is a great concept and offers all delegates the option to contribute unlike other webinars and conferences. It had a good mixture of natural event speakers, experienced iGaming professionals and new people to the industry. A great event which was highly successful.“
If you are an agency, affiliate, consultant, operator, digital marketer, payment provider or saas product owner, everyone working with or in the affiliate industry is welcome to attend.
RSVP FOR FREE and join the Digital Marketing Mixer – HERE
Mr Gamble is the fast growing iGaming affiliate taking the world by storm
Player-friendly approach to casino comparisons sees audience grow to new highs
In January 2019, two iGaming enthusiasts from southern Finland, Paavo Salonen and Jonas Kyllönen, created an affiliate site which follows a different path to competitors in the sector – Mr-Gamble.com was conceived to provide a user-friendly service that details the key benefits for different online casinos.
In a little over a year, the team at Mr-Gamble (owned by CashMagnet Ltd) has grown from two to sixteen people, and their site is attracting millions of views and an audience of thousands, eager to find a more discerning comparison site for online casinos. With such impressive growth, the company is now moving to bigger offices in their adopted home town of Tallinn, Estonia.
Putting the players first has been key to this success, with the team’s focus to build a casino comparison site which highlights the various benefits from leading online casino operators. Easy-to-use filters allow players to match specific search criteria to their needs, such as high quality casino bonuses, with a brand promise to help users “find a 200% bonus in under one minute”.
Moreover, with responsible gaming high on regulators agendas for 2020, not least due to COVID-19, Mr-Gamble’s onboarding policies for new casinos include strict criteria to ensure player protection. Time-out periods, self-exclusion options, financial limits, and more are all in place to reassure players that beyond the entertainment factor, their well-being is key.
Jonas Kyllönen explains, “While our competitors focus simply on the bonus offer and a select few aspects of gaming, Mr-Gamble.com highlights things like hidden T’s & C’s and other small details that make up the overall quality of a casino’s service and the bonuses they offer. We even include a section purely for casinos that offer free spins, allowing players to find free spin offers without deposits. This sets us apart from old school affiliates and builds trust with our audience, resulting in a high proportion of returning visitors.”
Kyllönen, who leads on all aspects of marketing for Mr-Gamble, also realises that staying plugged in to media platforms such as Twitch and Instagram enable the company to attract some of their users from the elusive millennial market.
“In just six months”, says Kyllönen, “we became the most watched slots channel on Twitch in Finland, and alongside our Instagram following, this allows us to stay in touch with our audience across multiple touch points – it’s been key to our growth. We still see SEO and PPC as the main pillars of the casino affiliates sector, but complimentary channels like Twitch are both entertaining and good for business.”
This well-rounded approach to the casino comparison sector is both innovative and forward-thinking, standing the company in good stead for the coming decade, during which adapting to change and staying on top of market trends will separate the men from the boys.
Mr Gamble’s affiliate offering is already well-established in Finland, and in April 2020 Mr-Gamble expanded operations to more English-speaking markets including the UK and Canada. The company also plans to target the US market, with licensing currently underway, and is looking at opportunities in Asia.
Alongside Finnish casino enquiries, the company invites English language operators from international markets, particularly in the UK and Canada, to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on deals and listings.
Exclusive Q&A with Marinos Shiapanis, CEO at Campeón Gaming Partners
We shall begin with the iGB award. How do you feel after winning this award? Had you expected this award?
We really didn’t. This was our very first time being nominated at the iGB Affiliate Awards and, given the fact that the competition was really high, we were not expecting to hear our name. Needless to say, we were – and we still are – overwhelmed and very excited. It was a team effort, and this is why we celebrated as a team after receiving the award in London.
This is the first time Campeon has been nominated for iGB Awards. And you hit the bull’s eye in the first instance itself. How do you see this honour: as a reward of your hard work or as a stepping stone for future innovation?
I think it is a little bit of both: it is definitely a reward and a recognition of the whole Campeón Gaming Partners team’s hard work and effort, but, at the same time, this is a stepping stone for us to do more, invest more in innovation, expand and further develop across all sectors. The whole team, and especially the Affiliate & Partnerships team, really devoted themselves to the company and they are the reason we have managed to win this award. Such an award is extremely important for us, as it shows how far we have gone in such a short period of time; we have managed to slowly establish ourselves in the iGaming industry, become a familiar face for affiliates in the market, expand our network and grow as a team and a brand. However, winning this award doesn’t mean we stop here; this is not just a motivation for us, but an obligation as well to work harder, focus more and deliver even better results. I think you will hear more of us the coming months.
The award recognises how Campeon stood out in terms of “transparency, inclusiveness and continuous support”. What are the things unique to the affiliate program of Campeon Gaming Partners?
Since the beginning, our vision was to create an affiliate program that would not only attract affiliates, but it would also keep them engaged. We started off with a small network and as we were building it up, we were also improving our program. Today, our network is comprised of over 1,000 affiliates and our affiliate team has managed to establish personal relationship with each and every one of them. To us, it’s crucial to put a face to the name; it’s not just about numbers, it’s about having a person who you know will listen to you and deal with your issues no matter how big or small. This is our way of thinking: we treat each affiliate’s request as equal, and I believe that our affiliates appreciate this.
In early 2019, our team dedicated themselves into redesigning the program’s strategy, aiming at building stronger, more interpersonal relationships with our partners, and providing them with better models in order to maximize their profits. At the same time, we optimized the affiliate experience, from the registration of the player, all the way to the affiliate statics’ analysis we have successfully merged, integrated, and incorporated all of the Campeón Gaming Partners’ brands into new platforms, ensuring that no affiliate activity was ever disrupted.
The award also mentions how Campeon offered tailor-made program to the affiliates. Could you shed more light into the deeply customizable affiliate programs of Campeon Gaming Partners?
Each affiliate has his or her own needs that looks into serving through a program. At Campeón Gaming Partners, we understand that, and every time we onboard an affiliate, we go into deep discussions with him or her to understand what they are looking for in our program. I think the most important fact for our affiliates is that we assign them their very personal point of contact, who is there for them whenever they are in need. So, when we onboard a new affiliate, we first assign him or her their point of contact, who makes sure to talk to him or her, understand his or her needs and goals and together they create a program tailor-made to the affiliate’s needs.
What are the qualities that you look forward to in an affiliate? Not all affiliates are likely to become successful, right? Based on your experience, what separates the successful affiliates from the rest?
We want our affiliates to treat us the same way we treat them: with respect and transparency. We always do our best to accommodate our affiliates’ needs, so we are looking into building partnerships based on trust. I think this is the most important part for us.
Regarding the second part of your question, I believe that definitely industry knowledge and audience play a significant part in separating successful affiliates from the rest. But besides these, I think that players are looking for affiliates who will be honest with them, affiliates they can trust; I believe it is the only way to build up a players’ audience.
New new social media platforms are increasingly micro-targetting the end customers and automated CRM tools are getting more and more advanced. In this scenario, how do see the future of affiliate marketing evolving?
I believe that affiliate marketing is already changing and with these new tools it will change even more in the future. We are now entering a new era: the digital and customized era. Customers are increasingly becoming more and more demanding; they now know they don’t have to compromise anymore with mass solutions, so they are asking for customized ones. They demonstrate their needs and preferences and demand for an experience tailor-made to them. I believe this is where affiliate marketing will focus in the future, and all the new or upcoming tools available, will give us the advantage of analysing the customers’ behaviours and providing the best solutions to them. Affiliate marketing of the future will evolve around customized player’s experience, in my opinion.
Finally, tell us about any big announcement in the near future. Expanding to more countries? Launching or integrating new products? Or a new marketing campaign? Our readers will be eager to read something first here.
A couple of weeks ago, we launched our first Pay N Play platform for the Scandinavian market, SvenPlay. In a few days, we will be launching our brand new, themed platform, Sons of Slots. This is a challenge for us, as it will be the first time we are introducing such a themed platform to our players. The Sons of Slots story goes back to the motor gangs of the US and it all evolves around that; rough street battles, leather jackets and ripped jeans, long hair, and endless road trips on their Harleys. This is what inspired us and we wanted to bring something very exciting to our players. Entering the Sons of Slots platform, our players will be transferred to a new world, the world of American motor gangs; they will play their favorite games in a new, adventurous environment, with exciting features, which will take their gaming experience to a whole new level. To bring this project to life, we have invested heavily in technology and this is why we partnered with a major agency, MaxCreate, specialized in bespoke front-end design, in order to be able to offer more flexible and versatile platforms to our players and to our affiliates.
I think 2020 is our year, and people will hear more of us: exhibitions, PR, awards… We will make it happen.
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