It has been quite a while since we have added interviews with gambling affiliates and we sure did miss hearing all these inspirational stories. We have been in “the lab” and made the necessary improvements for you to have the best experience while browsing and adding your thoughts on our portal.
Thus we have managed to catch up with Monika from Kasynoorzel.pl, an interesting and informative website in the Polish region which aims to bring fresh news from available online casinos. The interview is very educative and one interesting thing we have learned from this interview is that no matter where you live, all it takes is passion and you can have a remote business as an affiliate. Oh yes, almost forgot….orzel means eagle in Polish 🙂
EEG: First, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview such a highly appreciated professional of the industry. Could you share with us your profile so our readers can have a better idea of who you are?
- Name: Monika Niebelska
- Age: 30
- Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland
- Living in: Tallinn, Estonia
- Favorite Food: homemade lasagna accompanied by red wine
- Must Read Book: anything from Dostoyevsky
EEG: Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Monika really is, the main person behind the Polish and Czech Republic’s management at Kasynoorzel.pl. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great review website for top online casino games and reviews?
Monika: I had spent most of my life in Wroclaw, my hometown then I moved to Czech Republic for studies and now I live in Estonia. First I tried gambling when I was maybe 7 years old. It was on a ferry from Sweden and I spent my last few coins on slot machines.
The idea behind our websites is really simple: We want to be number one choice for iGaming players and I don’t mean being on the first page of search engine results. Rather than being no. 1 in Google we want Kasynoorzel.pl or any other website we work on to be in every igamer’s browser bookmarks. We are doing our best to make our websites useful and attractive to experienced gamers as well as those who are just starting their gambling adventure and we are all happy to see how many returning visitors we have and how engage they get on our websites.
EEG: Since there are thousands of casino game review websites out there, where do you think Kasynoorzel.pl stands now?
Monika: I would say we are a strong player in our league but there is still space for improvement.
EEG: What are the strong points of Kasynoorzel.pl and what makes it stand out from the niche websites?
Monika: There are plenty of websites in our niche many of which are of very low quality. Designed in a really chaotic manner often written in poor language either not up to date or flooding reader with nonsense content these websites are just tiring for users to even browse through. What makes Kasynoorzel.pl stand out is that we do everything but what I have just described. We keep the website simple with best quality content. Sometimes it’s better to write one blog entry less than to post something you would not want to read yourself.
EEG: What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?
Monika: I was an absolute SEO and iGaming rookie when I started working in the field and it was only thanks to Thomas, our manager that I got where I am right now. He put all his trust and faith in me and I am really grateful for that. I also got great support from my fellow colleagues.
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?
Monika: I am the person responsible for all our Polish and Czech websites and their final look. Usually I write the content myself but I have few trusted freelancers who contribute their texts from time to time. I cannot really say how many reviews we have right now as the number keeps on changing.
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?
Monika: Online casinos and slots we promote on all our websites are brands that are trusted and friendly to Polish and Czech players. This on its own filters out a lot of poor content. With that we just listen to our readers, what they like and what they are interested in and just try to couple that with our writing.
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?
Monika: We read every message we receive and even if it is clear that the sender did not put any effort in even looking at our website we still reply and politely decline the offer. I think the relationship should be based on mutual respect and understanding. You get something from me and give something in return, you have some targets to meet and I got mine. At the end of the day what matters is the brand we both work for gets promoted and receives new customers and it is a win-win situation for all of us.
EEG: How do you see the future of the gaming industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?
Monika: Gambling in all its forms has been existing all over the world for ages and there is no indication that it is going to be otherwise even if many governments are trying to partially or completely ban it. On the contrary, thanks to rapid development of web and mobile technology casino games will become a worldwide product.
EEG: Can you name one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?
Monika: I would like casinos as well as game providers to be more diverse. I know that it is not easy as the basics are the same everywhere. In each casino we will find the same rules for card games, same rules for sportsbook and in each one there will be slots with spinning reels. The same thing however can be presented in so many different ways starting from website layout through game technology up to bonus system for players.
EEG: What advise you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?
Monika: To take more time when choosing whom to promote and to be more humble when dealing with business partners. Also to be patient.
EEG: Who is your favorite celebrity?
Monika: That is a very difficult question as I don’t really know what is happening in the celebrity world. Nowadays there are many people who are “famous for being famous” and you really cannot figure out who is who there. I’d rather read about someone famous for his professional achievements who sets example to follow than see another article about someone’s plastic surgery.
EEG: If you would just open your YouTube search bar, what would you search for?
Monika: That strictly depends on three factors: When? What for? What’s my mood? Work related search would most probably be some new slot machine. For writing an article or answering e-mails I usually choose either a jazzy tune or a computer game soundtrack. Friday night means “Back to the 80s” whereas romantic dinner tastes better when listening to chanson francaise.
EEG: Back to work. Do you attend any iGaming conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?
Monika: I do not attend iGaming conferences myself, we have a dedicated team for that. I prefer to stay in the office and write another review.
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?
Monika: Eastern Europe has really great potential to become one of the most attractive areas for iGaming. I think it is more a question of casino companies to become more Eastern Europe oriented. Let’s take Poland as example, one of the largest countries in the region where gambling market is not that strictly regulated as in Estonia but where players still feel neglected if not ignored by many big casino brands. I have seen many websites where the so-called ‘Polish language version’ equals translation of the main page only, often with horrific spelling mistakes or where you cannot make deposits in the local currency and where you can only dream of customer support assisting you in Polish. I am not saying all casino websites are like that but there is definitely still to be improved in that matter.
EEG: 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.
Monika: I definitely want to see Russia, hopefully I will visit St. Petersburg soon. I would like to go to Hungary or Romania and for sure explore more of my own country. Favorite destination around the world? I think that would be North Pole.
EEG: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe?
Monika: Honestly speaking I haven’t seen that many places in Eastern Europe so I cannot really say which one I would not like to visit.
EEG: What is your opinion about EEG (Eastern European Gaming – eegaming.org)?
Monika: Eastern European market clearly needs its representative online and I am really glad that there is such place as eegaming.org that does the job!
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 email@example.com 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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