A shift in gambling marketing

first_imgAs was made plain by Winterling from FC Bologna, blanket bans truly are a blunt instrument that ends up hurting sport at the same time as restricting gambling operators. The hope is that be being smart the sector can both thrive within the new structures and avoid any further action. Topics: Marketing & affiliates Marketing Marketing regulation Sponsorship It is an example of how the gambling sector and its partners are negotiating the new regulatory landscape surrounding gambling in Europe, one which is being changed further by the response of gambling authorities to the ongoing pandemic. “We need to be using as much of our proprietary data as possible, using the new-found techniques around data science to deliver personalisation and improved recommendations,” chief executive Stuart Simms told investors on the earnings call. Marketing regulation But it has now developed a degree of maturity in how it targets players. This comes at a crucial time for the gambling sector which, as Geheeb suggests, had enjoyed relatively lower customer acquisition costs even just a few years ago than it does now. Tags: Sportradar XLMedia Stuart Simms Christoph Winterling FC Bologna Regulus Partners Florian Geheeb But with tighter regulation – and the taxation that comes with it – the dynamic has changed. “All of these facets have changed and generated a shift,” says Geheeb. For XLMedia, it means the inventory of sites and will become “more dynamic by nature as it drives more personalised consumer journeys.” In key territories such as Italy (where the ad bans pre-dated the pandemic) and Spain, measures have already been introduced that severely limit or ban direct advertising and impose further restrictions on all forms of marketing. “It is a new reality,” says Florian Geheeb, global director for advertising sales at Sportradar. “But the operators have learnt to adjust, depending on the regulations.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “Setting mandatory deposit limits is not new but the policy has become more prevalent as a temporary emergency measure during the pandemic,” the Regulus team said. Switching channels Meanwhile, as was detailed in a recent blog from the analysts at Regulus Partners, the measures undertaken by countries such as Sweden, Belgium and Spain (again) to establish deposit and bonus limits will also act as a brake on marketing efforts. This is, of course, the world of ad-tech and programmatic advertising, an area which some say the gambling sector has yet to fully explore. 15th December 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Changing focus from above-the-line advertising and marketing to other forms of digital marketing techniques is now the name of the game. In its recent half-year results, affiliate marketing firm XLMedia noted that technology has been identified as a prime area where the company can leverage its heritage to better direct the audience. “At the time Serie A was losing money because we would be losing clients for LED hoardings so we had to be creative and look for opportunities where we could still offer betting brands the opportunity to take advantage of our global visibility but excluding the visibility in Italy,” Winterling adds. Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Southern Europe Sweden Italy Spain It has led to “virtual advertising” packages which utilises LED technology and on-screen overlays ‘positioned’ behind the goals to offer Asian betting partners the opportunity to be seen on pitch-side hoardings on regional broadcasts. “There is enough technology out there,” says Geheeb. “Marketing will always be about creative messaging but who and when you target should be a decision based on facts and, therefore, data.” “For us, it was a shock,” says Christoph Winterling, commercial and marketing director at Serie A’s FC Bologna of the Italian ad ban introduced last year. Track back In the UK, meanwhile, where there is already a voluntary whistle-to-whistle ban in place, the anti-gambling industry lobby has put forward suggestions that would lead to a complete ban on TV gambling ads and sports sponsorship. The data to hand within the gambling consumer ecosystem, whether with operators or affiliates, is a “rich pot of gold” as Simms at XLMedia put it and one that offers a better understanding of player behaviours. Ad-tech has developed significantly in the past 10 years and for those following the ups and downs in this area, it has been a bumpy ride. A shift in gambling marketing Under pressure from regulators across Europe, the gambling sector is having to alter and adjust its marketing efforts to confront a new reality. By Scott Longley. This will help increase in the productivity of the company’s sites. “We need to truly segment the audience and understand the behaviours, particularly around maximising tail revenues which previously we haven’t paid enough attention to,” Simms added. Such efforts can only help in the effort to answer both the fears of the regulators and the concerns of those consumers for whom the abundance of gambling advertising was perhaps doing more harm than good. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter For Geheeb, the greater understanding of player bases will lead to a greater focus on player retention. “You know your own customer the best,” he points out. “If you leverage the information you already have there is a high chance you can constantly engage with them and increase their lifetime value to you.” The added benefit of this approach is that you can more clearly avoid targeting vulnerable groups. AdTech allows you to focus on specific elements of the audience,” he says. Email Address “This industry has always been a very profitable one and they might not have needed the efficiencies that can be achieved with today’s AdTech capabilities,” he adds. “There wasn’t the obvious urge to spend every marketing dollar efficiently.”last_img read more