Levon Nykoghosyan, PartnerMatrix CEO, speaks in this interview about the product revamp, key features and product vision, as well as how to overcome the present industry challenges.
Can you detail why PartnerMatrix is such an important release for EveryMatrix in 2017?
Nykoghosyan: PartnerMatrix has been one of the first projects of EveryMatrix and it is not only an important release in 2017 but it has always been an important part of our full package solutions for operators, ranging from sportsbook to casino and payments solutions.
Although the new PartnerMatrix version it’s just two years old, is already a competitive product with a responsive and easy to use interface allowing operators manage affiliates’ data, payment plans, marketing tools, reports and user settings, all from a single location. Simple to implement and supplied with continuous updates, the system is fully adaptable for different markets and regions and has gained trust among both startups and big operators.
Under constant improvement, our system is an ever-evolving solution. The 2017 releases include, among new languages support and many other small improvements, the launching of real-data reporting and the integration with our payment service provider, MoneyMatrix. This integration allows us to provide so many ways for affiliates to withdraw their commissions and this is another step towards providing one of the most powerful affiliate systems in the iGaming market.
From a product perspective what marks PartnerMatrix as a unique software for the saturated affiliate market place?
Nykoghosyan: The most important thing, which was at the core of our key features from the start, (back in 2015), was to build a real-time system, for both affiliates and agents, and track everything under one system instead of using two separate systems that track the same data.
PartnerMatrix allows affiliates to operate as agents (transfer money to specific players, place a bet in the system, place a bet on behalf of a player) and at the same time the agents can operate as affiliates (use banners to bring traffic, provide promo-codes to customers, keep sub-affiliates). This unique system has been designed to offer our clients the ability to widen their users’ base by using agent networks to target offline customers.
I am very happy about the feedback we received from the industry for which I would like to thank our solid and hard-working team.
From your perspective, where do you feel industry affiliates are being underserved, and how has this factor shaped the development of PartnerMatrix as a platform?
Nykoghosyan: I think one of the most significant issues nowadays, is the lack of transparency. It is important for affiliates to be able to see how every single number is being generated instead of just being fed with partial data, like many systems do. More than this, the lack of transparency could lead, over time, to trust problems.
Our solution provides very detailed and comprehensive reports by displaying breakdown of every number, costs, bonuses, etc. We can also provide, like in case of some operators, detailed bets history for a better insight.
Transparency is not the only issue we see within the industry. Lack of support is among things that are on the table and often brought in discussions. To tackle this concern, PartnerMatrix has been established with its own dedicated Account Management team, which allows us to be close to operators, understand their needs, receive their requirements and deliver the solution in the shortest time.
From a marketing and operations perspective, what new obstacles are facing affiliate as an industry acquisition vertical?
Nykoghosyan: There is a huge organic competition between affiliates and our focus is always helping our clients and their affiliates and make sure we give them a powerful advantage over competition.
To this end, the Back-office in PartnerMatrix is highly focused on affiliate manager and administrator comfort. It gives opportunity to reach each angle of the website and successfully manage all the operations.
Relatively new, ad blocking and domain blocking is definitely an obstacle in terms of traffic loss. At PartnerMatrix, we do offer a solution to this problem (which our current affiliates use) by allowing them to choose affiliate domains which do not contain “block words”. Furthermore, operators can immediately change affiliate tracking links if the current domain gets blocked.
Finally, following its initial launch, how do you see PartnerMatrix growing as an EveryMatrix service?
Nykoghosyan: I am happy to see it growing every day, by every new release deployment, with every added feature and, the most rewarding, with every new client.
We strongly believe that finding the right balance between high performance and product quality requires team work and common vision. To that end, EveryMatrix has assembled PartnerMatrix project as a separate business unit in the company to fully concentrate on providing one of the leading performance marketing and partnership solutions in the world. The bar is set high for us, and this is a good thing.
I’m fully confident that competitive pricing, on top of its features, will help PartnerMatrix shine as people’s platform. Whether you are a start-up or a decent sized operator, the platform will meet all operators and affiliates’ needs.
The original version of this article can be found here.
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.
AEToken Affiliate Platform Wins Blockchain Pitch Competition for Best ICO 2018
Blockchain based affiliate platform AEToken has won the best ICO pitch competition at the Malta Blockchain Summit. Held at the InterContinental Hotel Malta on November 1 and 2, 2018, the summit is a marquee event in the ICO/Blockchain sector, playing host to over 8,000 delegates and a speaker list that includes the Who’s Who of the Crypto industry including the Winklevoss twins and John McAfee. The highlight of the summit, the ICO pitch contest saw 19 blockchain startups in a head to head battle for two cheques, each worth 25,000€.
Eventually a panel of judges, led by Investor Mark Hamade, judged AEToken (represented by CEO Vadim Fedotov) the best ICO pitch for its unique platform, which is designed to address shortcomings limiting the affiliate marketing industry.
The industry has long struggled with systemic problems including lack of enforceable contracts, fraud (traffic size verification/traffic value skimming), slow payments for services performed, and high minimum payouts. Now, for the first time, using blockchain and smart contract technology, AEToken ensures affiliate deals are secured through smart contract, payments are instant, fees are lower, and scalability is a non-issue.
Founded by Vadim Fedotov, Gene Hoffman and Jason Fernandes, AEToken has a particularly stellar team of advisors including 2017 Ycombinator partner Marcus Segal, Eman Pulis (Founder, SIGMA Conference), iGaming expert Michael Caselli, Walter Komarek (Forbesfone) and Dr. Evan Luthra of Almora Crypto Investment Group.
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