Thomas Jones, founder of NewBingoSites.net, says millennials present a huge opportunity for affiliates but they must overhaul their propositions to engage this lucrative demographic
Online bingo is enjoying a resurgence in play among UK consumers and is proving to be particularly popular with younger players and millennials.
A recent survey by Wink Bingo found that 65% of UK bingo players are under the age of 44 with 35% of them falling between the ages of 25 and 34.
These players are drawn to the simple nature of the game, the community aspect it offers
and it being a natural fit for smartphone and tablet play.
Unlike other casino games such as blackjack and poker it requires no skill and while it is a game of chance, it is not held in the same regard as slots.
Indeed, many put bingo in the same category as lottery, which also enjoys mass market appeal.
The simple nature of the bingo – much of which is automated when played online – is combined with a sense of community and entertainment.
Most operators offer live chat and forum facilities, and the various themes and brands mark out bingo as an inclusive and fun pass time.
The opportunity presented by this resurgence in online bingo play is not going unnoticed by operators; 888 recently snapped up Costa Bingo from Jackpot Joy Group for £18million.
This perhaps unexpected trend also throws up tremendous upsides for online bingo affiliates who now have a new demographic of player to go after.
But millennials are a savvy bunch, and affiliates will need to really up their game if they are to engage them and build the trust required for them to make a buying decision.
This is going to mean taking a new approach to the design and layout of their sites, via the content they create and publish and the channels through which they communicate.
These are some of the things they must consider and deploy:
Sleek and stylish design:
Affiliates provide the information, insight and entertainment that helps players to decide where and what to play.
With this in mind, it is important to look at other affiliate publishers that have high levels of millennial engagement outside of the gambling sector to see what does and doesn’t work.
This could mean prioritising content over bingo sites listings; this has not been the case in the past but could prove key to engaging younger audiences now.
Consideration must also be given to how easy it is for users to navigate and explore the site, especially from smartphones and tablets (more on this later).
High value content:
Affiliates must also overhaul their content strategies – it is simply not good enough to publish a handful of reviews and a small library of bingo guides.
Millennials wish to be educated and entertained, so the content created and published must reflect this and include things like news, features, interviews and reports.
It is also important to take into account the type of content that is being created – this should go beyond the written word to video clips and even audio blasts and podcasts.
The content itself needs to be of the highest quality and provide significant value to the reader. If it doesn’t, affiliates will fail to build trust with younger audiences.
Ramp up activity on social media:
Affiliates spend a great deal of time, and money, on ensuring they rank highly in the SERPs and while this is still important, there are other ways of tapping into millennial audiences.
Social media is hugely important in this regard, and affiliates must have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
But they must do more than share links back to their articles and reviews.
To truly win on these channels, they should become part of conversations and have something meaningful to contribute.
In addition to this, they should also think about working with social media influencers as they provide easy access to younger audiences and have a huge impact on their decision to buy.
Mobile, mobile, mobile:
It goes without saying that all of the above must be deployed with a mobile first mentality, from design to content via being active on social media.
Millennials and younger audiences live their lives via their smartphones and tablets and products and services (such as affiliates) that don’t work on mobile will not be engaged with.
This means affiliates must think about how their sites are designed – no excessive swiping and scrolling – as well as the approach they take to content – short and snappy.
For social media, think about new ways of creating content – perhaps video reviews for Instagram stories – and ensure it still engages, educates and entertains.
Doing all of the above is no easy task, but given the increasing popularity of online bingo, particularly among millennials, the rewards for those that get it right are set to be huge.
Bojoko crowned Affiliate of the Year at EGR Nordic Awards
Popular online casino listing site fends off stiff competition to take home the trophy at prestigious awards ceremony
The Bojoko team is celebrating once again after being named Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Nordic Awards 2021.
This is the second EGR award that Bojoko has taken home after being crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year at the hotly contested EGR Operator Awards 2020.
Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry including AskGamblers, Better Collective, Blexr, Catena Media and the Gambling.com Group.
EGR judges said it had been “another excellent year” for Bojoko and that its SEO performance and overall conversion “really shines”.
The EGR judges added: “A more unique idea than most affiliates with great growth and sustainability. A very clever and new type of affiliate that is showing great success. Well done!”
Bojoko allows online casino operators and game developers in the Nordics to create their own dedicated listing page and tell their story through their own words, images and videos.
Bojoko members, of which there are now 30,000+, then rate and review each casino and game and share their honest opinion about the experience they receive.
During the judging period Bojoko built out its team dedicated to the Nordics which led to a 10x increase in unique site visitors and a 25x increase in registered Finnish players.
Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, said: “We will need to find more space for our trophies after scooping our second EGR award in as many months but seriously, the entire team is thrilled how have been recognised for our work in the Nordics.
“The Nordics remain a key focus for us and we see plenty of opportunity to drive growth from the region by providing players with our award-winning online casino listing product and service.
“Our mission from day one has been to help players quickly and easily select online casinos through transparency and community feedback and it is a concept that has proved to be hugely popular.
“I would like to thank the EGR judges for recognising our efforts and successes in the Nordics by crowning Bojoko Affiliate of the Year 2021.”
GGPoker strengthens its commitment to compliance by partnering with Rightlander.com
Supplier to help tier-one operator improve affiliate compliance via its innovative compliance solution
GGPoker, one of the world’s leading online poker rooms has partnered with compliance specialist, Rightlander.com to help boost their responsible gambling measures.
Rightlander.com provides operators with a comprehensive solution to mitigate compliance risks. Using Rightlander.com allows GGPoker to ensure that affiliates sending traffic to their websites are acting responsibly. Furthermore, it allows them to protect their brand in a constantly changing environment.
Rightlander.com’s proprietary technology scans over 15 million web pages and more than 150 million links every month, analysing content and providing customised reports to protect operators from harmful brand violations or regulatory risks. It analyses links, text and images reporting potentially non-compliant content that could pose a risk to GGPoker’s brand.
The Compliance Monitor helps detect non-compliant content across territories and flags potential violations such as missing terms and conditions, outdated offers, incorrect marketing assets while the PPC Monitor identifies ads that could be harmful to the brand.
Commenting on the partnership, Nicole Mitton, Head of Customer Success at Rightlander.com, said: “Compliance is a vital yet time and resource-intensive aspect of the business. As GGPoker continues to grow its network of affiliate and marketing partners, maintaining efficient and effective compliance monitoring practices will become ever more critical. We are delighted to be working with GGPoker to assist in improving affiliate compliance in this regard.”
Raghav Ghei, Compliance Manager at GGPoker, said: “As a gambling operator, affiliate monitoring is very crucial. The Rightlander platform has made our lives much easier by providing efficient tools and systems enabling us to effectively conduct affiliate monitoring on an ongoing basis.”
PartnerMatrix releases Top Affiliate Networks Report 2021
Affiliate software provider PartnerMatrix publishes the Top Affiliates Networks Report 2021, an in-depth analysis of the most popular and trustworthy affiliate networks and media within the iGaming space. The report gives casino and sportsbook operators a full view on affiliate media, allowing them to find and initiate partnerships with relevant affiliates.
The Top Affiliates Network Report helps operators answer essential questions such as:
- Which are the most popular iGaming affiliate platforms?
- How to find the perfect match for your brand’s needs?
- How can operators assess the potential of affiliate networks?
- What types of traffic and activity can you expect?
The fast development of the iGaming industry has positively impacted affiliate media and networks over the years, helping both established and niche affiliates grow at a stable rate and build substantial gaming communities around their platforms.
With a high return of investment in iGaming, the data gathered from PartnerMatrix’s vast network of over 60,000 gambling affiliates shows that the average CPA varies around $50-$100 per acquisition. As a proven marketing channel in many industries, the search interest for affiliate marketing is up over 200% since 2015, which shows that the industry is expanding at a healthy pace.
Levon Nikoghosyan, PartnerMatrix CEO, says: “When operators are looking for business opportunities, they have to focus on networks and media to promote their platforms. The new tech we have at our disposal allows operators to find media and affiliates based on their regions of interest, business model, expectations, and this report aims to show a glimpse of the market and help them find relevant partners who are already vetted by our team.”
Download a free copy of the report: https://everymatrix.com/top-affiliate-networks/.
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