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Today we speak with Miklos Handa, Founder of the email marketing solution, “MailMike.net” and speaker at Vienna International Gaming Expo 2018.
Coming from a land-based casino background with several years of experience from London’s Napoleons and Grosvenor Casinos as well as with global B2B igaming providers, he is a former gaming professional turned email marketing guru who created a tool with the help of Sebastiaan de Vos (former Head of Deliverability at Emarsys) that finally gets gaming content to inbox. With a deep understanding of the marketing needs and challenges of the gaming industry, he currently serves numerous affiliates, casino operators and B2B solution providers.
Today, Miklos is a recognized expert in his field, helping the gaming industry to legitimately boost their marketing efforts.
Thank you for being available and accepting this interview. First of all will you please introduce yourself and the company you represent?
Miklos: My Name is Miklos Handa and I am the co-founder of MailMike.net, the igaming industry’s email marketing partner.
MailMike is a service to assist the large volume E-mail senders to overcome their day-to-day problems. The concept of MailMike was born from the need to respond to the challenges of the fast-growing and rapidly changing email marketing industry. Will you please speak more about email marketing and in more details what is MailMike?
MailMike started out as a spam detection platform. We created a tool that was able to tell senders if their campaign was going to land in the spam box before they send it to their database. Due to the high demand, last year we introduced consultancy services to optimize email deliverability and by now we have grown into offering a 360° solution from technical set up on any platform, to campaign optimization or even fully managed sending.
We can read on your website that apart from the MailMike toolset, you offer personal consultation and various operative services. What are the services you offer your clients and which are the most demanded ones?
Miklos: Yes, as I have mentioned before we have gradually expanded our service offer to cover the full spectrum of email marketing so our customers can get the highest possible conversion rates. The most complex part of this is the technical setup on the sending platform. The majority of our clients subscribed to an email marketing platform before and expected to get an out of the box solution that is ready to send with amazing results. Unfortunately, this is not the case. To get past the spam filters you have to adjust the deep technical settings that most senders (or their CRM managers) don’t even know about and the sending platforms offer little to no help with this unless you are in one of their top tier packages with a dedicated account manager and specifically ask for the implementation of certain settings on their back-end. We aim to bridge this gap by auditing and fixing or configuring the setup ourselves from the start. As a result, our customers can send campaigns with outstanding conversion rates and keep maintaining a great sender reputation. We can even fully manage their email marketing with setting up, designing campaigns, testing and deployment.
How can MailMike overcome the challenges of renewing technology nowadays? What do you consider the most successful experience in the history of MailMike?
Miklos: Currently the biggest challenge facing the industry is the introduction of GDPR. All businesses need to be very careful about how they handle (and not to abuse) customer data. We can help our clients become fully compliant as this is also an integral part of our business.
As for our biggest success to this day, I am still very proud of our core B2B2B spam detection service which is used by some of the top sending platforms themselves daily, including one which is able to successfully send over 70billion emails annually thanks to our advanced technology.
Will you please tell more about the people who are behind the curtains, who created and have maintained these innovative, very successful and revolutionary services?
Miklos: The MailMike software was developed by Sebastiaan de Vos, who was formerly the head of deliverability at Emarsys. With his experience, close relationship to mailbox providers, black and white list provider, and all the significant email industry players, he had the knowledge how to maximize the performance of email marketing campaigns in a fully compliant manner. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to bring this deep insight and technology to the market and offer it to the igaming industry.
In 2017 you took part at ViGE in Vienna. What was this experience like, what benefits did it bring to your company, was it a useful experience?
Miklos: Yes, it was our our very first gaming expo with MailMike. As we serve various other industries such as ecommerce, event organizers, media sites etc., the ViGE helped us to get a feedback from the gaming sector and to better understand their needs and concerns. This allowed us to tailor our service to be better suited for this market segment.
Have you recently participated at other conferences and if yes, which were those?
Miklos: We have attended many expos and conferences from different industries all over the year, but the most recent one was another gaming event called the Prague Gaming Summit, which was a great show to network and build some new relationships.
The next ViGE conference in Vienna will be at the end of May, beginning of June (31st May-1st June). You will be a speaker at this event. What are your expectations and will you please tell us in a nutshell what are you going to speak about?
Miklos: I am very excited about the ViGE this year and I imagine it will be pretty busy. I will be speaking about customer acquisition, improving conversion and retention rates, but I cannot tell you more, you’ll just have to come
If you want to meet Miklos in person or networking with the biggest names of the Sports betting, Casino, VR/AR, Marketing, eSports, DFS, Virtual Sports and Crypto industry, make sure your attend the Vienna International Gaming Expo.
Miklos will also be live next week on iGamingRadio.com with Konrad. Make sure you save the date, 24 April and tune in at 13:00 CET.
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Source: European Gaming News
EGT Romania: new promotions for slot machines!
A challenge that EGT Romania has always accepted, both towards customers and other operators, most of them already becoming partners, is to always offer them the opportunity to grow their businesses by choosing the most performing, attractive, interactive, awarded and appreciated products from the gambling industry. So, periodically we make offers as attractive as possible to facilitate the decision to progress of each operator.
Starting with January 2020, EGT Romania offers operators the opportunity to purchase slot machines from both previous generations and the latest models, at extraordinary prices conditions.
VEGA VISION UP, VEGA VISION +UP, VEGA VISION +ST – in 12 or 24 installments without advance payment
The increasingly diverse demands of players develop the need for operators to integrate tailor-made products and services into their gaming halls. AWPs are some of them. Taking this into account, you can now take advantage of the following offer:
- You can purchase cabinets from the Vega Vision range with AWP mixes in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment.
- You can also purchase Vega Vision cabinets in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment, if you choose game mixes from the Collection Series range.
!!! In addition, we thought that you might want to convert AWP to Collection Series or vice versa at some point, so we created a minimum cost for you. Therefore, you will benefit of only 999 Euro + VAT per conversion (compared to 1950 Euro + VAT – the basic price).
P-24/24 UP, P-27/27 ST SLIM – 2 months free of charge!
These EGT slot machines, equipped also with AWP game mixes, awarded and appreciated year after year, are still in the top of the preferences of players and operators alike.
The active special offer consists in:
- Enjoy 2 months free of charge when renting P-24/24 Up and / or P-27/27 St Slim with AWP game mix
S32/55 – S-line range – 40 E discount
Presented for the first time in Romania in September 2019, within the EAE, the S32/55 terminal, from the S-line multiplayer range, impresses with the imposing appearance, with a dominant display of 4K resolution, 55 inches.
- You can rent S32/55, during this period, with 40 E discount.
For questions, complete information and additional details, we invite you to contact the EGT Romania sales team at the data available here.
Could UK Government Policy Threaten Online Betting Promos?
Most observers would agree that the UK political class is pursuing a dialogue on the very nature of the gambling industry. The headline issue is, of course, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s), which have been the focus of a huge campaign. This week the UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced that the maximum stake in these gaming machines will be cut dramatically starting in October 2019. The move has cross-party support, and even the gambling industry has been vocally supportive, knowing that it at least makes sense from a PR perspective to seem concerned about the issue.
However, FOBT’s are not the only issue being discussed about the industry in the UK, with some changes perhaps having a big impact on punters. Advertising has come under scrutiny recently, with an almost saturated feel to the volume of sports betting adverts played on television during events like Premier League games. Sky, the UK’s dominant figure in sports broadcasting, has agreed to ‘regulate itself’ and limit the number of betting adverts beginning at the start of the 2019 Premier League season.
The move by Sky, while seemingly commendable as they will lose out on a chunk of the estimated £460 million gambling companies spend on advertising in the UK, is also indicative of the fact that the landscape is changing. The Labour Party, in particular, has signalled that they will try to put curbs on many aspects of the industry should they win the next election. For example, Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, has called for a ban on funding accounts with credit cards and any advertising during live sports events.
However, one area that will be keenly watched by casino players and bettors is that of promotions. Incentives like free bets, price boosts, reload bonuses and the rest are the “carrot” that usually acts as a tipping point to encourage a player to join a new site, but they are certainly not the only reason why people bet. If a Government decides that promotions force people to bet, rather than supplement a decision that has already been made, could they too be in the firing line as the UK authorities try to further regulate the industry?
Free bets offers popular with punters
One would argue that would come to the detriment of the customer, rather than the industry. Consider how a punter might want to bet with William Hill on Real Madrid at 12/1 to win the Champions League, or the Boston Celtics at 7/1 with Bet365 to win the NBA Championships; they could check a list of free bet no deposit 2018 offers and potentially make their bet for free. Is it fair to take away those incentives from the customer?
There is a fine line between the idea of a promotion and the “bet now!” command that is being looked at by the Advertising Standards Agency, but it’s hard to know where that line will be drawn in the future. Punters would be irate to learn that they can’t, for example, go to a bookie and find an incentive like a price boost on the current odds of 12/1 for Chelsea to win the Premier League.
In the end though, money usually settles these matters. While the UK Government has made moves on FOBTs, it was slow-acting because bookmaker shops were keen to point out that those betting terminals equate to jobs. 2017/18 was estimated to have raised £2.8 billion in gaming tax receipts for the UK Exchequer. The Government will be loath to jeopardise that income. The point is: if the bookies can make their case, those promos will be here to stay.
Pragmatic Play roars to life with 5 lions
New release sees ancient spirits guarding amazing riches
15 June 2018: Pragmatic Play, the multi-award-winning games provider, has announced the launch of 5 Lions, a 3×5 video slot steeped in myth and legend.
Chinese iconography lights up the reels of 5 Lions, with turtles, phoenixes and dragons appearing covered in glittering gemstones.
The mystical lions of the game’s title act as the wild symbols, granting the player a random multiplier of up to 40x and springing to life when they appear in any winning line.
Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Our suite of high quality games continues to go from strength to strength, and 5 Lions is a great addition that we are proud to introduce to our partners and players.
“The game’s mystical air is complemented by an engaging and visually satisfying array of bonus content, and it certainly has the potential to keep players coming back.”
Three gilded yin-yang symbols unlock 5 Lions unique free spins feature, expanding the three central reels to four symbols in height and boosting the potential ways to win from 243 to 576.
Players then have the opportunity to choose between seven lions, offering a wide selection of different multiplier ranges. These options range from six free spins with a range of high multipliers (15x, 30x, or 40x) to 25 free spins with a range of lower multipliers (2x, 3x, or 5x).
Pragmatic Play’s portfolio contains more than 80 proven HTML5 video slots, including Wolf Gold, Chilli Heat and The Champions. These titles are now live with a growing list of leading casino brands, including Mr Green, Betsson and LeoVegas.
For more information on this release or to arrange an interview please contact Tom Lewis at Square in the Air on 020 3586 8257 or email@example.com
About Pragmatic Play
Pragmatic Play is one of the fastest growing providers of slots games in the online gaming industry. It has proven expertise in creating mobile and desktop content that engages modern players. Its expanding portfolio features more than 80 proven HTML5 titles, which support 26 languages and all major currencies, and are built on unique in-house designs.
The provider’s games are attuned to the needs of players and operators in regulated markets all over the world and are now a fixture on many of the leading casino brands.
For more information please visit http://pragmaticplay.com/
Source: European Gaming News
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