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Better Collective establishes leading position in German speaking markets with acquisition of Bola Webinformation GmbH (wettbasis.com)

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Better Collective establishes leading position in German speaking markets with acquisition of Bola Webinformation GmbH (wettbasis.com)

Monday 2nd July, 2018 – Better Collective has completed the acquisition of all shares in Austrian based Bola Webinformation GmbH, including its flagship product Wettbasis.com.

On a proforma basis, the company’s annual revenue in 2017 was approximately 9million EUR and EBITA was approximately 6.5million EUR. The purchase price has been agreed at 36.3million EUR to be paid in cash.

Better Collective, the world’s leading developer of digital platforms for bookmaker information, iGaming communities, and betting tips, has today acquired Bola Webinformation GmbH. This eleventh acquisition is so far the largest acquisition for Better Collective.

Better Collective becomes the leading sports betting affiliate in German speaking markets

Bola Webinformation GmbH, founded in 2008, owns strong brands focused on sports betting, including the flagship product Wettbasis.com, which is the leading affiliate website in the German sports betting market.

On a proforma basis, and after adjustment for certain non-core assets of the business that were divested before completion, the company generated revenues of approximately EUR 9 million and EUR 6.5 million in operating earnings (EBITA) in 2017.

Last year, Better Collective acquired Sportfreunde GmbH, including websites sportwettentest.net and wettfreunde.net, both large sports betting affiliate websites also targeting the German speaking markets. When combined with the portfolio from Bola Webinformation GmbH and Better Collective’s other websites (including bettingexpert.com), Better Collective is now positioned as the market leader in the German speaking markets.

With the recent establishment of a new office in the center of Vienna to house Better Collective’s employees in Austria, the team from Bola Webinformation GbmH will join the existing “Better Collective Vienna” team in these new facilities. A close collaboration with Better Collective’s headquarter in Copenhagen will be established to ensure that synergies are realised successfully and quickly.

The purchase price has been agreed to 36.3 million EUR whereof 30.8 million has been paid in cash upon closing and the remaining part will be paid in cash after 12 months.

Jesper Søgaard, CEO of Better Collective, said:We are truly excited about having reached an agreement with Bola Webinformation GbmH. This is the largest acquisition we have completed, and it is a great first step after our IPO earlier in June, where we raised funds to continue our acquisition strategy. With the acquisition of Bola, we are very pleased that we now take the position as the leading sports betting affiliate in the German speaking markets, a market where we see high growth potential.

Florian Körner, Founder of Bola Webinformation, added: “Speaking on behalf of the founders of Bola Webinformation GmbH, we are very excited that we have been able to conclude the sale of our company to Better Collective, a company we have known well for a long time. We are very proud of the company we have built over the years, and we are happy to see our employees and our products continue in a well-managed company where values and quality are priorities.

 

About Better Collective:

Better Collective’s vision is to empower iGamers through transparency and technology – this is what has made them the world’s leading developer of digital platforms for betting tips, bookmaker information and iGaming communities. Better Collective’s portfolio includes more than 2,000+ websites and products. This includes bettingexpert.com, the trusted home of tips from expert tipsters and in depth betting theory, and SmartBets, the odds comparison platform made personal

 

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Casinomeister and First Look Games join forces to benefit Affiliate Webmasters

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Casinomeister, the advocate of fair play, has joined forces with First Look Games to enable affiliate webmasters that participate in the Casinomeister Forum to take advantage of First Look Games award winning provision of game content.

This week has seen the introduction of the First Look Games widget within the Webmasters Corner of the forum and fully accessible to members of the forum groups ‘Webby’ and ‘Webmeister’.

First Look Games provide publishers with access to the latest game content, information and creatives provided by the numerous casino game developers it works with. The facility of the First Look Games widget on the Casinomeister forum allows members to grab the latest game content and information without having to leave the site.

Speaking about the collaboration with First Look Games which sees Casinomeister.com become the first site to employ their widget, Bryan Bailey, Director of Casinomeister stated: “I believe that First Look Games will be instrumental in providing affiliate webmasters up-to-date crucial information about popular games and new releases. This data, to include RTPs and other game specific information, will not only make the webmaster’s site more informative, but it will enhance the user experience of the player.”

Co-Founder of First Look Games, Industry veteran Tom Galanis, commenting on the link up with Casinomeister, said:We’re really excited to bring affiliates the ability to download game information and marketing assets from the latest and greatest casino game titles offered by our wide range of game developer partners whilst browsing the Casinomeister forum.”

“Those new to First Look Games can also register directly through the widget, which we feel fits in really well with the great new Webmaster’s Corner on the forum.”

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Mr Gamble is the fast growing iGaming affiliate taking the world by storm

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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 silver@cashmagnet.money for more information on deals and listings. 

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Announcing the launch of the Digital Marketing Mixer

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Announcing the launch of the Digital Marketing Mixer

 

The Digital Marketing Mixer is a new networking and business event hosted by Lee-Ann Johnstone for digital and affiliate marketing professionals to connect and get new business done. This unique concept is the first of its kind and will facilitate new business and sales for delegates in attendance.

The event is FREE to attend for any digital and affiliate marketing professional and is held in collaboration with a number of leading iGaming and Affiliate Marketing brands such as Paysafe (Income Access), GPWA.org, iBet Directory and Affiliate Guard Dog who are collaborating on this inaugural new business focussed event.

Taking place on the 22 May between 5-7pm (GMT) via virtual conference streaming, this unique event is designed to help delegates get connected, secure new business and offer a fun interactive social gathering to support industry growth and business collaboration.

Lee-Ann Johnstone who is hosting the event said: “The Digital Marketing Mixer is designed to help people keep connected during lockdown, to support collaboration and to ensure businesses thrive. I understand how hard it is to keep focussed on sales with an uncertain future, and that’s why I’ve curated an open networking event for EVERYONE in our industry to gather together, get new business done and have fa bit of fun at the same time.”

Event collaborators Michael Corfman of GPWA.org said “Hats off to Lee-Ann for bringing us together for a great time in the age of social distancing.” whilst Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency, comments “A marketing mixer that doesn’t involve traveling. Wow! What a great, great opportunity to network. I just can’t believe such events haven’t taken off before and needed a pandemic to be understood.”

The Digital Marketing Mixer will kick off with a live demonstration from London’s leading mixologist, Philip David from (The Covent Garden Cocktail Club and Balthazar) who will demonstrate exactly how to create a cocktail or mock-tail from ingredients found in your store cupboard at home.

There will be fun icebreaker challenges and networking games to enjoy along with coordinated speed networking and sales pitch sessions. The focus of this event is to bring people together and get new business conversations – started!

Lloyd Richman, founder of iBet Directory comments: “I think given the current circumstances the Digital Marketing Mixer is a great way to meet new contacts, expand our network and gain some new business. Thankfully we have people like Lee-Ann as a driving force helping to continue to push our industry forward.”

The event has already enlisted digital representatives from companies such as PokerStars, PlayUp, Betsson, Better Collective, FTD Digital, YorMedia while several other leading iGaming affiliates from both casino, sports, bingo and poker segments, SaaS product owners and agency suppliers are registered to attend.

RSVP FOR FREE and join the Digital Marketing Mixer – HERE

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