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Hi guys, my name is George Miller from the GAV Team – The Gambling Affiliate VoiceMy tasks include the implementation of the daily content, conducting affiliate/affiliate manager interviews, and of course over viewing the latest SEO and Social Media techniques. Gamblingaffiliatevoice.com  has become a leading website which covers the affiliate industry with all of it’s aspects.

In this article I will describe the most important aspects of Social Media use to bring more traffic to your affiliate website and increase your online presence.

 

Online gaming/iGaming companies have been very slow in embracing the world of social media than one might have think. Having had a dominant presence in the online since Internet use became widespread in the late ’90s, and being real pioneers themselves, one might have expected that online casinos would have recognized and understood the importance of social media before many other industries. Online gaming/iGaming companies are only now catching up and using social media as an effective way to reach and to engage a new customer base.
Casinos (both the online and offline) as well all affiliates, need to evolve to survive. Social media became full-fledged media in 2016. It is no longer a low cost David marketing option against the pricier established media Goliath’s.
2017 will be all about how you as a marketer/affiliate need to approach social media in order to succeed and drive profitable sales. You can’t think about social media as a place to engage with prospects or distribute your content. People continue to spend time on social media, on average just under 3 hours per day.

With social media playing such an important role in our daily lives, we have compiled an article that is going to take a look at how you could use social media to obtain all manner of little extras from online gambling affiliate sites.
For any affiliate these days, social media is (or should be) an integral part of its success. These platforms allow affiliates to connect with their customers, building interest and also a community in an very organic way. For online casinos, engaging with gamers and creating relationships through social media is the best marketing approach they could ever have.

As you have by now become aware of the most forward looking casino sites are always looking at new and innovative ways to attract new players to their sites and also keep their current players loyal to their brands, and many of them have embraced social media as they way they can do just that.
With this in mind below you have an overview of some of the different ways affiliates are looking to build up their brand awareness using social media and also as a way for them to offer new and existing players all manner of little extras.

 

1, Twitter
twitterThe majority of online gambling affiliate sites are using Twitter as a way of informing not just their players but also

any potential new customers of the offers, promotions and any new games they have launched. You can also use your Twitter account as a way of always being kept fully up to date in regards to what is happening at one of more casino sites. Another thing you will notice as soon as you do start to use Twitter is that there are going to be a huge number of fellow affiliates you can then follow, and if you are a keen and avid online gambling affiliate all online casinos will have some form of presence on Twitter, and as such it can often pay dividends for you to follow as many casino sites that you have an account at. By doing so you are going to be kept fully up to date with all of the current promotional offers being given away by those casinos and will often find several Twitter user exclusive promotional offers being made available to you. In fact Twitter is a great way for all online gambling sites to also let you know about any new casino games that have just been or are shortly going to be launched, thus you really should include as many casino sites as you can to your list of Twitter users you follow.

Twitter about their own gambling content policy
“Twitter prohibits the promotion of gambling content, except for campaigns targeting specified countries where it is allowed with restrictions as explained below.
Please Note: In certain cases listed below, advertisers are only permitted if they have prior authorization from Twitter. Authorization starts with being in touch with a Twitter account team. Instructions for contacting Twitter are included in each case.”

Products or services that are subject to this policy:
This policy applies, but is not limited, to:
– Online casinos and gambling, sports betting, and bingo
– Physical, brick-and-mortar casino establishments
– Online fantasy sports sites
– Bonus codes, vouchers and coupons redeemable for gambling content
-E-books/sites facilitating or leading to online gambling-related content, including affiliates and other sites driving traffic to gambling
– Gambling-related software such as gambling software and poker odds calculators
– Sites or services providing tips, odds, handicapping, sports picks, forecasts or poker odds calculators
-Scratch games
-Lotteries
-Games/apps played for money

What products or services are not subject to this policy?

This policy generally does not prohibit:

– Hotels with a casino where the focus is on the hotel
– Gambling accessories (such as poker chips or pachinko machines)
News and information about fantasy sports
For more information on this subject please visit: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170426#

 

2, Facebook
facebookWith so many people now signed up to Facebook it’s no surprise that most if not all online casino/gambling sites will
also have their own Facebook page, and as such if you do enjoy reading messages and find out what any online casino/gambling site you play at has on offer then you will be making a wise decision adding those casinos to your list of friends on Facebook. By doing so you can follow their marketing/sale efforts!
If you’re looking to boost or perhaps create a new Facebook page for your affiliate site you will need a few things ready in advance, and keep in mind that the more you work on these points, the better your Facebook page’s first impressions will be.
Make sure that you follow the following steps in order to have a top notch gambling affiliate Facebook page:
– First of all write a detailed description of your website
– Write a headline or a short description of your website
– Get your profile image ready. This should be about 180-200px wide.
Get your cover image ready. This should be about 828 x 315 desktop/828x 65 mobile.
Get your first post ready: Tell the world all about your affiliate site, and why it is the best around. This will be linked to your first post and be the anchor post (the last thing a search spider will see on your Facebook page until the end of time) so it is very important to make this of the best quality. In order to be able to do the above, you will need a personal Facebook page first. If you already have a personal Facebook account make sure that you use it and skip down to where you will select the type of page you want to create.

If you’re finished with the creation of your Facebook page for your gambling affiliate site, you’re ready to get that first post up and consider hitting the advertise/boost button to start an audience. It is not cheap, but it still converts. You may share other webmasters/gambling affiliate’s posts on your Facebook page in order to network and also diversify your posts.
You should also join Facebook groups that focus on online gambling, affiliation, etc. or are in your niche. Make sure that you don’t just spam their wall with your offerings, though – read the rules and play by them. Often there will be a specific day when you can share your work/site, or specific threads in which you can do so. Be a team player and visit some of the other affiliate sites too – don’t just drop your link and run!
Try posting at different times and different content and monitor the reaction you get. Do more of what your audience likes! Enjoy gaining that much needed notoriety and visibility leading to a very successful online gambling affiliate project and more gambling affiliate money in your pocket.

Facebook about their own policies regarding gambling sites
“Adverts that promote or facilitate online real money gambling, real money games of skill or real money lotteries, including online real money casinos, sport books, bingo or poker, are only allowed with prior written permission. Authorised gambling, games of skill or lottery adverts must target people over the age of 18 who are in jurisdictions for which permission has been granted.”
For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php

 

3, Instagram
Instagram is of course a way of posting pictures and images online and letting other users see what those pictures are all about, and ever eager to ensure they are always up to date with every type of social media site available you will find a number of online casinos/gambling sites have started to use Instagram.

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platform’s ever. It’s not only used for personal “meal sharing,”-LOL, but also to build brands and audiences centered around a specific idea or lifestyle. Online gaming brands are always on the lookout for new ways to bring new users to the table and somehow expand their brand above the standard circle of audiences that they can usually attract.
Instagram is a viable marketing tool that’s centered around lifestyle, as opposed to focusing on specific problems or solutions. As an gambling affiliate, you can use Instagram to present the lifestyle that your prospective audience is interested in, and through this you can attract them to the products that you’re promoting.
It’s not a direct marketing method, but it’s a brand new take on online promotion that can become even more powerful. For example, in the traditional model you’d say, “Hey, you want to do some online gambling? Here are the ways to do it.” In the new model you’d say, “Hey, are you interested in this lifestyle? Here’s how to get there through online gambling.
You could start posting pictures and images of your latest games, bonuses, promotions, and you should also try to stay up to date with as many casino/online gambling sites as you can, for by doing so you will always be the first to know just what new games are on offer at those sites. Another good trick is to upload winning screenshots, players always enjoy viewing lots of winnings screenshots for if nothing else it does prove to those players that you will always have the chance of winning big when playing your casino games online, and you can often get a true feel for just how generous a range of online casino games are when you view several different winnings screenshots on Instagram.

Successfully converting players via social media channels has proven to be more challenging for online gambling affiliates than anyone would have expected; and it’s not for lack of trying. Some affiliates have thrown incredible amounts of marketing resources at building a solid social presence, only to find sales leads coming in at a snail’s pace!

If you’d like to succeed in the Social and make sure you boost your social presence here are a few general tips that could help you :
Sell your benefits, and not your products: your players want to know how your products or partners can improve their lives. For gambling affiliates, this means pitching deals that offer rebates on losses, or poker schools, or anything that makes players feel like they’re getting the upper hand.
Social media users are real people: do you know the terms used to describe the people who subscribe to your social media channels. They’re called, friends and followers because they are actual people.
Don’t stretch yourself too much: target one or two channels where you know your customers are more present and active, that’s a great place to get your feet wet 🙂 .

It’s not about how many followers you have: the measure of success on social media is not how many followers you can accumulate, as most people would think. It’s all about how many conversions you’re making and how many shares your content is racking up.

 

This article appeared first on EEGReport Magazine.

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How to Keep Online Casinos Users Interested: Advice from Christina Thakor-Rankin

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According to the Conversion portal, the gambling market increased by €4.3 billion in 2018, and its volume would grow by €3.9 billion in 2019. It means that the industry competition will become even higher. Therefore, it is quite important for online casino owners not only to attract new gambler, but also to retain the current ones. Well, what methods are the most efficient in this regard?

 

Tools for Retaining Online Casino Clients
The high-return gambling industry allures new companies interested in the expansion of their audience to the market. To attract and retain customers, online casino owners develop comprehensive marketing strategies allowing to fulfill players’ demands. One widens a range of casino offers, provides maximum transparency of transactions and access security, as well as adds new ways of withdrawals and major loyalty programs.

There are several efficient and, most significantly, legal tools that help to engage clients and encourage them to return to the resource again and again.

Christina Thakor-Rankin, a Leading Gaming Advisor at 1710 Gaming Ltd. and expert in betting, gaming, and gambling industries with 25 years of experience, has shared her opinion of how gambling online resources can retain steady clients.

Christina Thakor-Rankin will become a speaker at the Prague iGaming Affiliate Conference – event about affiliate marketing in online gambling by the company Smile-Expo, which will take place in the Czech Republic on April 18. The conference will gather top marketers, gambling sphere experts, affiite programs representatives and online casinos operators.

Special Offers, bonuses and loyalty programs

Appealing special offers include non-deposit games, registration bonuses, and cashback in case of losing. Such prizes and bonuses should be optimized for both new clients and regular visitors. Also, it is important to remember about loyalty programs with well-defined rules.

Christina Thakor-Rankin believes that exclusive customer specific deals and offers, and loyalty programs that offer a proper reward are the most efficient tools to retain online casino customers.
“We now live in a world where customers are always looking for the next thing. Being aware of this means we can stay a step ahead by making sure that we keep developing what we do.”

The reason for exclusive customer specific deals and offers is simply to mirror what customers get from other digital service and product providers, believes Christina. According to the expert, it refers to recommendations based upon historic activity, and it works for casinos and gambling sites.

Loyalty programs which really do reward regular customers with something meaningful are also important. Christina explains that it could be points which can be converted to cash or rewards in the form of gifts.

“For example, one of the casinos I use sends a small box of chocolates or a voucher on St Valentines’ Day or my birthday. Another one rewards regular logins with random free cash, spins or gift drops.”

However, expert shares that she probably wouldn’t advocate traditional deposit bonuses, as regulators are starting to take action on this and it’s a little bit boring.

Constant Product Expansion

The more diverse and high-quality games the platform provides, the more players the resource will get.

The specialist is sure that the first thing to attract players is always product, as if a product is no good, clients won’t stay.

“As an industry we’ve struggled with the next generation of players (the Millennials), and logic says that if we miss them, we will probably miss the next generation as well unless we start doing something about it now.”

Christina says that the problem seems to be that the new generation which has grown up in a fully interactive world does not seem to be so interested in a two-dimensional casino game. So, there has been some experimentation with VR and skill-based gambling to look at how we bridge the gap, but it should still be better developed.

“Until we get there, I think that more successful casinos will provide as much as possible to offer something for everyone and tailor products accordingly.”

Here the expert explains that some types of slots work better in different parts of the world, for example, fairy tale games work well in Europe but mean nothing to customers in emerging markets. At the same time, virtual sports are taking off in West Africa, but connectivity and cost of data mean it hasn’t gone online yet.

Push Notifications, Spam and Black SEO

Push notifications, special emails for registered clients, can inspire players for action and offer to place a bet.

Here, Christina believes that spam and black SEO are not as efficient as they used to be. She explains that customers are now far more aware of the tactics used by digital companies to push themselves up the rankings or get their products and services in front of them.

“It is not important if it is white hat or black hat, and improved spam filters help to ensure that even legitimate emails end up being blocked.”

The specialist says, it is only a matter of time before regulators step in, further reducing the effectiveness of traditional affiliate tactics.

“We also need to be aware that traditional SEO is now slowly but surely being superseded by voice – what used to be Google is fast becoming Alexa or Siri and this poses some interesting challenges but also some very interesting opportunities for new forms of affiliate activity.”

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics in Online Casinos

Talking about AI and big data, Christina mentions that knowledge is power.

“The more we know about our customers, the better we understand their behavior, their motivation, their preferences, so, the better we can serve them.”

AI and data science have already started to take on the role of an “affiliate” on some websites, explains the expert, talking about recommendations for purchases, products or content based upon customers’ activity.

Christina believes data science and machine learning are just taking the principles of customer segmentation and CRM and automating them on a bigger scale. “What will be key is how applications interface and interact with customers,” says Christina.

Role of Affiliate Marketing

“Affiliates as we think of them in the world of gambling are really a child of the internet,” explains Christina.

According to the expert, currently, we’ve gone from internet to mobile, voice and virtual and projected reality. There was also a huge shift in regulation: an open internet market has become more restricted. Christina says that keeping in mind the need to limit exposure to gaming content until age has been verified and a new generation whose interest in casino is lower than previous generations, we see that life for online casino affiliates gets much harder.

“That does not mean they don’t have a role to play – the question will be whether the role is that of an affiliate or of an advocate and influencer.”

At the Prague iGaming Affiliate Conference, Christina Thakor-Rankin will deliver a presentation on the topic: From Affiliate to Influencer – engaging the iGeneration.

Learn more about affiliate marketing from the experts.
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Google Manager joins illustrious speaker list for AffiliateCon Sofia 2019

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Google Industry Manager Yiannis Kranitis has been confirmed as a speaker for AffiliateCon Sofia 2019.

Joining Google in 2009, Kranitis boasts more than seven years experience in the gaming industry, consulting companies in their acquisition efforts and digital strategies.

Prior to joining the SEO giant, Kranitis worked on the agency side, meaning AffiliateCon Sofia attendees can tap into his multi-layered wealth of industry knowledge.

Topics he will cover include trends and competitive insights from international markets in a must-see presentation for members of the affiliate sector.

AffiliateCon Founder Julian Perry said: “SEO strategies are vital to the survival and success of affiliates and we are delighted to have a search engine specialist like Yiannis at our show this year.

“Yiannis joins an already stellar line-up of AffiliateCon SEO speakers and his time at Google should offer an array of unmissable insights.”

AffiliateCon Sofia will offer two full days of educational speeches intertwined with lively entertainment and an evening party. The show will be held at the Sofia Event Center on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May.

AffiliateCon Sofia will also be hosting an SEO Mega Panel on both mornings of the show, where four expert speakers have signed up: Stanislav Dimitrov, Gennadiy Vorobyov, Lyubomir Popov and Nikola Minkov.

Other speakers include Mustard Digital Founder Allan Turner and UltraPlay’s Dragomir Ivanov, with the stage set for an even bigger and better event than 2018’s unforgettable show.

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Genesis Affiliates the latest exhibitor to sign up for AffiliateCon Sofia 2019

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Leading brand Genesis Affiliates has been confirmed as an exhibitor for AffiliateCon Sofia 2019.

The affiliate strives to offer customers lifetime value and will be present in Sofia on 15-16 May, showcasing its services at one of the premier gaming events of the year.

Genesis Affiliates was recently granted a Swedish license and already boasts a long list of casino brands as its partners.

In adding its name to the line-up of reputable attendees, Genesis Affiliates joins the likes of Kindred Group, Lapalingo and 7StarsPartners, as the AffiliateCon Sofia floor plan begins to take shape.

AffiliateCon Founder Julian Perry said: “We welcome Genesis Affiliates with open arms as one of the industry’s biggest affiliate brands. This is another sign that established affiliate names want to take part in our event.

“We look forward to hosting Genesis Affiliates, along with several other big-name brands at the show, and we are excited about how the AffiliateCon Sofia floor plan is coming together.”

AffiliateCon Sofia promises to be an even bigger and better event than 2018’s successful rendition, with a number of first-class speakers and exhibitors already added to the event schedule.

Two full days of educational speeches will be intertwined with lively entertainment and an evening party with special guests to complete the experience.

Click here to book your tickets and network with the best affiliates Europe has to offer this summer.

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