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2016 Online Bingo Summit in Review
By Brodey Sheppard - September 08, 2016
The eleventh annual Online Bingo Summit by Bullet Business was recently held at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, where leaders in the online bingo industry got together to learn and have some fun. The conference was comprised of sessions, networking breaks and a post-conference party.
The Online Bingo Summit featured speakers who shared insights from their many years in the bingo industry. The topics that were covered included social media, television advertising and platform strategies.
Online Bingo and Social Media
Luke Brynley-Jones, Founder & CEO of Our Social Times, shared that the industry is getting social media “all wrong” when it comes to playing bingo online. This is primarily because online bingo companies do not believe that social media is a strong channel capable of delivering ROI.
According to Brynley-Jones, there are the five major areas that online bingo companies need to improve in their social media strategies: Strategy, Content, Skills, Budget and Measurement.
- When it comes to strategy, there is little analysis of how social media fits into an online bingo player’s experience.
- When it comes to content, it is often too heavily branded or too random.
- When it comes to skills, there is currently little training on the proper use of online features and search engine optimization tools.
- With regards to budget, there seems to be underspending on the building of online community – which is what most players are after.
- Lastly, there needs to be a big improvement in measurement, because there is a lack of realistic units of success when it comes to the role of social media to online gaming.
Brynley-Jones adds that out of the three major channels of social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – it is Instagram that online bingo companies have to watch out for. Instagram has the highest engagement rate, and has the greatest ability to build a mobile bingo community.
The White Label Model
The next event of the summit was the White Label Model debate that featured the following speakers: Ben Starr of Jumpman Gaming, Simon Dunne of Broadway Gaming, Andy Edwards of MadAbout Media and Sreeram Vanga of Cozy Games.
White label is the name given to a product (in this case, an online bingo game) that is produced by one company thn bought by other companies or sites, where is it rebranded to appear as a different game.
Edwards begins by stating that online players do not realise that they are playing on a white label. He also adds that the wide variety of choices for players is what keeps the market going.
Starr chimed in and said that his platform “lowers the barrier of entry to allow people to market” to those who play online bingo UK. He added that the ability to take out white labels “increases innovation and player satisfaction”.
All in all, message that there is a role for white labels in the online bingo world was pronounced. These bring about a more innovative and developed industry.
TV Advertising and Online Gaming
The relationship of TV shows and bingo brands were also a topic in the summit. Angus Nisbit of Gala Bingo, Simon Collins of Gaming Realms, and Simon Murphy of FremantleMedia UK all talked about the successful leverage of TV show brands for online bingo.
Murphy stated that TV game shows have “mass market appeal”, which online bingo can take advantage of. He added that the nature of the show has to be a good fit for gaming, like Deal or No Deal.
The annual WhichBingo Awards took place right after the summit. Gala Bingo took home a number of the awards that night, and you can check out their latest online bingo offers by visiting Gala Bingo online. The annual BingoPort Players' Choice Awards were held earlier this year, and Foxy Bingo led the field there with three awards. Here, they've taken out two.
|Best Online Bingo Site||Gala Bingo|
|Best Mobile Bingo Experience||Gala Bingo|
|Fair Play Award||Bingo.com|
|Best Online Bingo Software||Playtech|
|Best Cozy Games Bingo Site||Mummies Bingo|
|Best Dragonfish Bingo Site||Foxy Bingo|
|Best Gamesys Bingo Site||Jackpotjoy|
|Best Jumpman Bingo Site||Rocket Bingo|
|Best Microgaming Bingo Site||Butlers Bingo|
|Best Playtech Bingo Site||Gala Bingo|
|Best Online Bingo Chat Team||Jackpotjoy|
|Best Unique Bingo Game||Cash Cubes - Playtech|
|Best Online Bingo TV Advert||Foxy Bingo|
|Best New Online Bingo Site||Bingo With Kerry|