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    Default How often do you like to see commission stats updated? Feedback wanted

    We are getting ready to launch a casino and affiliate program. We are wondering how often affiliates prefer to see their commission stats updated. Affiliate commissions going up and then down seem like it could be disheartening at times. Update too frequently and you see too many ups and downs. Update infrequently and it seems a program could be viewed as less trustworthy.

    1. How often do YOU like to see commissions updated?
    2. How often does your primary affiliate program update commission stats?

    Do you view any particular time-frame between updates as the industry standard?

    I am asking particularly about the commission stats themselves. Not the click stats or signup stats which are easier to update more frequently.

    Any feedback is appreciated either here or privately.

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    1. As it is the 21st century, I prefer real time updates.

    2. My favourite affiliate program updates ALL stats in real time.

    --- The industry standard seems to be daily updates - probably because that's what the bigger programs do. Not that I hang on my stats, but I personally do not think daily updates are enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Shay- View Post
    1. As it is the 21st century, I prefer real time updates.

    2. My favourite affiliate program updates ALL stats in real time.

    --- The industry standard seems to be daily updates - probably because that's what the bigger programs do. Not that I hang on my stats, but I personally do not think daily updates are enough.
    Thanks, Shay. This is helpful information. I am looking forward to some more responses/comments. Thanks to everyone in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Shay- View Post
    As it is the 21st century
    Darn, thanks for reminding me, I have to set the clock ahead 100 years as I was still in the dark ages...lol

    I agree that real time updating is preferred.

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    On the face of it - it's hard to see why real time information cannot be displayed to affiliates. After all the information must be being captured as it occurs and recorded into a database - so it should not to be too hard to have the affiliate system pull the information from that SAME database right. Simple?

    However, with the combination of different systems these days, ranging from banner platforms, player account platforms, sportsbook casino and poker software etc, I can see that there might be a case where the player/banner/registration/profit data is actually not stored in one single place but actually in a whole range of specialised databases :
    - banner and click data in one
    - player account and balance in another
    - win/loss details in each segment platform
    - and probably a whole lot I haven't thought of.

    This is probably one of the negative side effects of the various plug n play platforms available to online casino and affiliate groups these days, they can offer software and games from many providers, but it means that the customer/player/affiliate data is distributed around different areas and it's a complex environment.

    In this case I can see that the affiliate reporting system is not going to come with automatic hooks into EVERY combination, and that there will have to be some sort of automated "batch" process that kicks off periodically to collate all this information and store it in a form that the affiliate reporting system can use. In this case I personally believe that daily is acceptable - especially if the date/time of last update is displayed.

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    Real time updates would be the ultimate way to go. Statistical reports that are manually updated, especially by questionable programs, sometimes make me wonder if they've been doctored.
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    In real time for sure. Not because I am checking stats all day but because I just think thats the way to go.

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    Real time would be great, once a day is fine though really unless you're totally obsessed

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooner View Post
    On the face of it - it's hard to see why real time information cannot be displayed to affiliates. After all the information must be being captured as it occurs and recorded into a database - so it should not to be too hard to have the affiliate system pull the information from that SAME database right. Simple?

    However, with the combination of different systems these days, ranging from banner platforms, player account platforms, sportsbook casino and poker software etc, I can see that there might be a case where the player/banner/registration/profit data is actually not stored in one single place but actually in a whole range of specialised databases :
    - banner and click data in one
    - player account and balance in another
    - win/loss details in each segment platform
    - and probably a whole lot I haven't thought of.

    This is probably one of the negative side effects of the various plug n play platforms available to online casino and affiliate groups these days, they can offer software and games from many providers, but it means that the customer/player/affiliate data is distributed around different areas and it's a complex environment.

    In this case I can see that the affiliate reporting system is not going to come with automatic hooks into EVERY combination, and that there will have to be some sort of automated "batch" process that kicks off periodically to collate all this information and store it in a form that the affiliate reporting system can use. In this case I personally believe that daily is acceptable - especially if the date/time of last update is displayed.
    This post then would beg the question of how a player's balance is kept "real time", as they have the ability to load/play different games spread across a number of different platforms (for some programs).

    That being said, perhaps I should revise my working definition of "real time" to mean "when a player closes out of a game, the stats are updated".

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    Real time updating is very important in order to analyze your efforts when it comes to media buying and time sensitive traffic methods. So, at least for me, it must be updated in real time.

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    Unfortunately almost none of the programs I am working with are updating in real time. As said before I am not a stats junkie but I actually think its only Tipico for me. Know of other International/European bookies to update in real time?

    Oh and just as Shay mentioned, by real time I also mean once player session is completed.

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    - once a day is ok for me
    - payments frequency is more important to me.

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    Quite happy with once a day personally, some consistency over the time of the update each day would be a positive though.

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    Happy with daily, though agree with many of the granularity of reporting comments above.

    Even after all these years I check those damn stats too often

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    it would b great to get 'live stats' for when doing PPC stuff but once a day is ok although I wish it was early morning rather than around midday when bet365 seem to update

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Shay- View Post
    This post then would beg the question of how a player's balance is kept "real time", as they have the ability to load/play different games spread across a number of different platforms (for some programs).

    That being said, perhaps I should revise my working definition of "real time" to mean "when a player closes out of a game, the stats are updated".
    I wanted to comment on this thread in general and particularly your comment here Shay and Gooner's comments.

    Using our program as an example, our stats update anywhere from every 15 minutes to every 2 hours.

    Each different stat, clicks, downloads, regs etc will update at a different frequency because as Gooner mentioned, the data is stored in different places. We have multiple servers that have all of this information stored, as well as multiple backup servers in case one of them crashes.

    Now look at how many brands we have (29 plus the 5 mobile brands, so technically 34 brands) and the number of affiliates we have (I will just say it is a LOT). To compile all of that data from every server each part of data is stored on takes time and is heavy on the database, which is why the stats are only updated every X minutes and not every minute. You have to remember that even empty rows are updated, not just rows that contain data. So the database has to be queried in full every time the information needs to be updated.

    To actually update our stats in real time would likely crash our servers.

    This is just a small example.

    Anyway I hope this helps with any questions related to data population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbet View Post
    Real time updates would be the ultimate way to go.
    Agree that I'd love to see a "Real Time" approach (and I have 2-3 partners that manage that) but it's either an expensive custom IT job, or they are just running a single platform that comes with built in reporting.

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbet View Post
    Statistical reports that are manually updated, especially by questionable programs, sometimes make me wonder if they've been doctored.
    I wouldn't expect or accept anything that needs to be manually updated on a regular basis. I can't believe that any affiliate system that wants to grow beyond 100 affiliates envisions manual stats.

    But batch processing stats with an automated process that pulls data from a large number of different sources is acceptable to me.

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    I'm quite happy with daily reporting.
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    1 & 2 = real time !

    I dont see any reason why not real time...

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