Tag Archives: Stuart Simms

XL Media highlights European ambitions in H1 results as BlueClaw acquisition completed

XLMedia (XLM) has detailed confidence in its 2021 growth strategy, as the firm reports a ‘solid performance’ across all verticals, and looks to further enhance its profile via its acquisition of BlueClawMedia to provide a base for EU expansion. Publishing its H1 training results, the company reported revenues of $32.2 million (H1 2020: $27.7 million), with a gross profit of …

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Betting and gaming affiliates set for SBC Summit Barcelona meet-up

SBC Summit Barcelona

This month’s SBC Summit Barcelona will be one of 2021’s key meeting points for operators and affiliates, with more than 130 affiliate businesses set to attend the global betting and igaming show. The event will take place as planned at Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc on 21 – 24 September, as Catalonia and Barcelona are fully open for business events. It …

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XLMedia completes $24 million Saturday Football Inc. acquisition

Saturday Football

XLMedia has completed the acquisition of Saturday Football Inc. for a total consideration of US$23.0 million cash (c.£16.8 million), plus US$1.0 million (c.£0.7 million) in long-term incentive shares. The acquisition is the conversion of an existing agency partnership between XLMedia and Saturday Football Inc., established in December 2020, which brought about a close working relationship with management and generated a …

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SofaScore set to make exhibition debut at SBC Summit Barcelona

SofaScore, the live score specialist, is set to exhibit at a betting and gaming industry event for the first time when it takes part in next month’s SBC Summit Barcelona. The Summit takes place on 21 – 24 September, when senior executives and key decision makers from international sports betting operators will gather at Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc for a …

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Google deranking and COVID-19 bite XLMedia’s H1 performance

XLMedia has continued to feel the effects of Google’s ‘manual ranking penalty’ on its corporate trading, but remains optimistic on its objective of delivering ‘a material recovery in financial performance in 2021’. Publishing its 2020 interim statement (period ending 30 June), the affiliate marketing publisher detailed that the combined effects of COVID-19 and Google ranking penalties had resulted in monthly …

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XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com

XLMedia has continued to revamp its publishing network after confirming that it has acquired all remaining interests in football video streaming platform 101GreatGoals.com.  Issuing a market filing, the London AIM-listed affiliate marketing publisher confirmed that it had secured all interests in 101GreatGoals.com from its founders, and will revamp the domain by implementing a ‘simplified control structure’. In its notice, XLMedia …

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Refocused XLMedia hires Ken Dorward as US business lead 

XLMedia has this morning confirmed the appointment of Ken Dorward as President of North America and a member of its Global Executive Committee. Dorward joins the London AIM digital publisher having formerly served as Chief Operations Officer of leading US affiliate network Rakuten Inc, where he spearheaded global partnerships, media assets and publisher management. The appointment of Dorward as North …

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XLMedia sanctions Finnish sell-off to underscore transformation makeover

XLMedia has continued to pursue its expansion into ‘high-potential markets’ by instructing Akur Capital to commence its sales process for the majority of its Finnish-facing casino assets and publishing sites. The acquisition will allow XLMedia to ‘deliver more sustainable and predictable growth’ across regulated markets. It supports XLMedia’s three-pronged transformation strategy, which includes further investment into regulated markets, consolidation of …

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XLMedia streamlines executive team in strategy overhaul

Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has moved to restructure its executive leadership team in support of the company’s ongoing transformation programme. XLMedia has identified a number of functions and roles which it believes ‘could be streamlined’. It comes as the company looks to ‘leverage both automation and outsourcing, whilst also gravitating towards increased editorial’. Sarah Clark, who joined XLMedia as the …

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SBC Digital Summit: “Affiliates must be more agile in the way they operate” – Stuart Simms

The current pandemic has highlighted the need for companies to become much more agile in the way that they operate, explained Stuart Simms, Group CEO of XL Media and former Global CEO of Rakuten Marketing. Delivering the day-five keynote at this week’s SBC Digital Summit, kicking off the Juicy Stakes sponsored Digital Marketing Day track, Simms told delegates that affiliates …

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