Readers invited to vote for their favourite advertisement to win this year's Readers Choice Award
Singapore, 1 August 2012 – Twelve advertisements have been shortlisted to win the Readers' Choice Award at this year's SPH iink Awards. Readers can vote for their favourite advertisement from now till 12 August 2012.
SPH iink Awards has been running a Readers' Choice Contest every quarter between September 2011 and June 2012. Each quarter, the three advertisements with the most SMS votes were shortlisted to win the overall Readers' Choice Award.
Readers can now send an SMS and cast their vote for the ad from among the 12 finalists that they think deserves to win the Readers’ Choice Award this year. The Award will be given out at the SPH iink Awards gala celebration on Friday, 17 August 2012. Two lucky voters will stand to win a Samsung Galaxy S III.
Among the finalists are advertisements by top advertisers such as Audi Singapore, UBS AG and Great Eastern Life, as well as government agencies such as the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Air Force Recruitment Centre and the Singapore Police Force.
Besides seeing the ads featured in SPH newspapers, members of the public can now view the 12 finalist-advertisements at the SPH iink Awards Showcase from now till 5 August at ION Orchard Basement 4 and at VivoCity from 6 to 12 August. Finalists of the other categories of SPH iink Awards 2012 will also be on display for the public to view.
Earlier in May 2012, advertising agencies, advertisers and other advertising-related organisations were invited by SPH to submit their advertisements published in any of SPH’s 18 newspaper titles and other media platforms during the period of 1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012 for this year’s SPH iink Awards. The entry period ended on 11 June 2012.
Formerly known as the SPH Ink Awards, it was renamed the SPH iink Awards this year – with the additional “i” representing “Integration”. The logo has also been revamped to include the additional “i”.
To recognise creative and effective advertisements in SPH’s whole spectrum of media platforms, three new categories have been introduced in this year’s SPH iink Awards – Digital, Radio and Out-of-Home.
With the newly added awards, the nine categories for this year’s SPH iink Awards are:
Category A: Print Single – English
Category B: Print Campaign – English
Category C: Print Single/Campaign – Chinese
Category D: Print Classified/Recruitment/Notice
Category E: Print Creative Media Buy
Category F: SPH IS ON Campaign
Category G: Digital
Category H: Radio
Category I: Out-of-Home
The SPH iink Awards was originally launched to honour the best print advertisements and the creative people behind them. In 2009, a new category was added to recognise those who embrace creativity not just through print advertisements, but also in other SPH media platforms via integrated campaigns.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.
Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.