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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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What makes Turbo Games’ provably fair games so special?
A partnership between game developer Turbo Games and iGaming solution provider and aggregator Slotegrator began in November 2022 via the APIgrator game integration solution. Since then, the collaboration has been developing successfully — and now it’s time to analyze what made it successful.
Turbo Games has noticed how the new technologies spreading throughout the industry can work for the good of brand transparency and player loyalty: “We can already see how blockchain technology has made it possible to make betting checks more accessible to players. All you need is a blockchain-hash and a decoder service. We think we will continue to move in this direction. Many traditional online casinos do not offer the possibility to check the bet. Sooner or later we all have to come to this. Perhaps the development of artificial intelligence will help here, because we are already seeing its involvement in all spheres of human life.”
Turbo Games specializes in provably fair games. Provable fairness is a concept where players can verify their wins or losses using blockchain technology — the outcome of the game is dictated by a smart contract and is absolutely random, barring the possibility of any human involvement. Using cryptographic hashing algorithms, the gambling site and the player’s device both generate seeds (random strings of numbers). Players receive a key that allows them to check the results; if the results are the same as the game round they witnessed, it proves that there was no foul play.
According to statistics from Turbo Games, the audience for provably fair games is mostly between 18 and 25 years old. However, there are also players aged 35-40 who prefer traditional games but would like to try something new, and have turned their attention to provably fair games.
There are good odds that the technology of provably fair games will become more popular, if not even commonplace, because it gives players a feeling of transparency and proves that the business is trustworthy without the need to search through dozens of reviews. Whereas many innovations in iGaming simply add entertainment, provable fairness addresses security concerns and reassures players that they’re not being exploited, which is invaluable.
Provably fair games are beneficial for both players and online casinos. Vadim Potapenko, Head of Sales at Turbo Games, comments: “It often happens that the users are not satisfied with the result, because gambling is not only about big wins, but also possible losses. By allowing them to check the fairness of a bet, we make life easier for platforms and players. Of course, this allows us to communicate with partners and users that we work honestly and that’s why they should trust our games.”
Ayvar Gabidullin, Business Development Manager at Slotegrator, adds that “this type of game is now becoming more and more popular and has great potential for both players and game providers in the future. On the part of the player, the advantage is that the player can always be sure that his game is fair and he can independently check any of his bets. And for the game provider, this also simplifies the process of implementing casino games, since now it will not be necessary to obtain the appropriate certificates from independent laboratories before launching new games, they can immediately enter the market with these games and where anyone can check the result and make sure that that there is no cheating with players. Many game providers are starting to look towards this type of game. And as far as I see, many operators are starting to think about adding these games.”
What do players in 2023 need? The iGaming industry is all about reputation and trust. Players have a huge number of platforms to choose from, making them pickier and pickier. There’s an abundance of forums where players leave reviews, so if players view a brand as untrustworthy, there are plenty of places they can share their opinion. Provable fairness not only stops that from happening, it provides evidence to the contrary, giving players something else to talk about.
Slotegrator also recommends investing time and effort into localization and creating an effective and detailed marketing strategy — before trying provably fair technology players need to get to the platform, and there is no acquisition without marketing.
Since 2012, Slotegrator has been one of the iGaming industry’s leading software and business solution providers for online casino and sportsbook operators.
The company’s main focus is software development and support for online casino platforms, as well as the integration of game content and payment systems.
The company works with licensed game developers and offers a vast portfolio of casino content: slots, live casino games, poker, virtual sports, table games, lotteries, casual games, and data feeds for betting.
Slotegrator also provides consulting services in gambling license acquisition and business incorporation.
More information: https://slotegrator.pro/
ABOUT TURBO GAMES
Turbo Games — a provably fair games provider that belongs to Turbo Stars company — has an ambitious goal to establish widespread recognition throughout the iGaming world. Even though it is young, the company consists of professionals who have been working on the brand for over five years and are even planning to introduce a new brand for a wider audience soon.
Turbo Games also works in Europe, India, and South Africa, where the company sees the most potential and expects the same “hype” as in Brazil.
The portfolio of Turbo Games consists of 21 titles, including well-known games like Mines, Crash X, DoubleRoll, Hi-Lo, and Plinko. The studio releases a game every month. However, not all games are developed from scratch. Wicket Blast and Spin Strike, the last two releases, are based on cricket and the Indian Premier League. Crash X remains the most popular fast game in the Turbo Games portfolio, and the studio reports that crash games enjoy stable levels of popularity. Overall, the main focus of the brand is provably fair games.
More information: https://turbogames.io/
Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.
Looking to take your career to the next level in the games industry? Then, Nordic Game Talents is the place to be! Games Factory Talents has teamed up with Nordic Game to bring you Nordic Game Talents.
From Oct 27-29, the online and interactive event is dedicated to recruitment and career building in the creative & games industry within the Nordic region. The event empowers participants to be part of a bigger community and motivates them to explore new paths in achieving their career goals.
Hiring creative & games studios – Supercell, Funcom, Panzerdog, Tactile Games, Gamecan, Fingersoft, Dazzle Rocks, Redhill Games to name a few from the Nordic region will be participating in the event. These studios will share information on their latest projects, work culture and what it takes to be part of their team. The individual games associations from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Estonia will share insights through live sessions on the booming games industry in their respective countries. Career development topics pertinent to job seekers like – How to have a successful first interview, Creative Portfolio reviews will also be discussed.
Experienced game industry professionals and individuals beginning their careers from around the world are welcome to join the event. One-to-one interviews with the hiring studios can be scheduled through the event platform. A great opportunity to get to know the studios and network with game professionals from around the world.
Participating in the event
As a job seeker attending Nordic Game Talents, take a few minutes to fill out a simple registration form. After filling the registration form you will receive a link to the online event platform – PINE, to join the event on 27th October. Participants joining Nordic Game Talents will also receive a free-of-charge pass to the Nordic Game Conference.
About Games Factory Talents
A Helsinki-based talent attraction agency dedicated to the games & creative industry. Our services include direct recruitment, organizing game job fairs and managing a community of game industry professionals through our GameDev Talent Board.
To learn more about Games Factory Talents visit – Games Factory Talents
Cumulus Media Launches 810 THE SPREAD, the Bay Area’s First Sports Station Focused on Sports Betting
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has launched the Bay Area’s first Sports radio station focused on sports betting, 810 THE SPREAD. The new station brings sports and sports betting news, information, and insights to the burgeoning and underserved sports betting audience in San Francisco. 810 THE SPREAD will deliver behind-the-book perspectives from experts in a highly entertaining and engaging format. 810 THE SPREAD goes live today on the legendary 810am frequency that has been the 80-year home of historic Talk Radio KGO-AM. Cumulus San Francisco also launched the station’s new website at www.810thespread.com. Kevin Graham, Program Director of Cumulus’ sister sports stations KNBR 680AM/104.5FM and 1050 KTCT, adds Program Director duties for 810 THE SPREAD.
Larry Blumhagen, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus San Francisco, said: “810 THE SPREAD joins our sports brands KNBR 680AM/104.5FM and 1050 KTCT for a trifecta of dynamic sports content across four signals and streaming everywhere. We are excited about this new chapter and look forward to serving the Bay Area’s passionate sports fans in an incomparable way.”
Blumhagen added: “This is a bittersweet day for us, as it’s hard to say goodbye to the legendary KGO, which has been a part of listeners’ lives for so many years. We want to thank all the people who have been a part of KGO’s historic run these many years – and the listeners who loyally tuned in to the station. Times change, and we must change with them.”
Kevin Graham, Program Director, 810 THE SPREAD, said: “810 THE SPREAD will be the Bay Area’s best bet for sports fans and sports betting enthusiasts, and we are pleased to introduce sports-betting radio to our community. The station will feature a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage, along with Cal Football and Basketball as well as select professional and college sports play-by-play events. While 810 THE SPREAD will feature specific gambling information, we believe our entertaining presentation will make it a favorite for all Bay area sports fans and a perfect complement to the legendary KNBR and KTCT. With its addition, it truly shows Cumulus’ commitment to the Bay area as ‘The Sports Leader’!”
The weekday programming lineup for 810 THE SPREAD includes:
6am-9am – Bet QL Daily – The must-consume show for sports fans and betting fans alike. Hosted by Joe Ostrowski, Joe Giglio, and Erin Hawksworth.
9am-12pm – Jim Rome - Aggressive, informed sports opinions, rapid-fire dialogue, and plenty of sports smack. As one of the most prolific sports talk hosts in America, Rome draws massive tune-in with legions of fans known as clones, who live for Rome’s take on the day’s largest issues in sports.
12pm-4pm – You Better You Bet – Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley have you covered for the best bets on the biggest matchups, the latest line movement and updates in the futures market. We’ll have up-to-the-minute coverage of backdoor covers and bad beats, and the cheers and tears that come with them. It’s sports betting conversation like you’ve never heard before.
4pm-8pm – Bet MGM Tonight – Live sports betting updates for all the night’s games as they happen – plus live “look-ins” for Major League Baseball games in progress. Get the latest scores, sides, totals, props, parlays, futures, and much more with hosts Quinton Mayo, Trysta Krick, and Ryan Horvat.
8pm-12 Midnight – CBS Sports Radio
BetQL Network programming is provided by Cumulus Media’s Westwood One through a partnership with Audacy.
For more information or to stream 810 THE SPREAD, visit: http://www.810thespread.com.
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