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SPH’s Singapore Entertainment Awards website recognised for Best User Experience at EPPY Awards 2014

Singapore, 31 October 2014 – The Singapore Entertainment Awards 2014 (http://sgeawards.omy.sg/2014/) website by omy.sg won the Best User Experience category (under 1 million unique monthly visitors) at the Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards 2014.  It is also the only Singapore entry among other global names like Time, USA Today, Forbes, Huffington Post, WSJ and ESPN.

For the sixth year running, the SEA honours the best talents and the movers and shakers of the Asian entertainment scene in the past year.  The website is designed to cater to user behaviour on a cross-channel and multi-media platform, with more innovative UX design methodology empowered with advanced web technologies such as jQuery, CSS and HTML using Bootstrap framework (responsiveness).

The dynamic informative news and video content created an added edge, providing a grip to the site for returning visits. With aesthetic display and user-friendly functions, users stay engaged on both desktop and mobile devices. Complex voting process is made simpler with strategic focal points and illustrated on clear indicative status panel. 

A total of 2.95 million votes for the “Most Popular" and "Best" categories for SEA 2014 were received online and via SMS during the voting period from 27 February to 9 April

Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Head, Chinese Newspapers Digital Strategy, SPH, said: "Users have a wide selection of digital products to choose from. It is hence vital to understand these users, and their behaviour and habits, so as to provide them with the best experience when they are on our platforms. We are honoured that the SEA website is recognised at the prestigious EPPY awards, among other big players. To us, user experience is not merely a current-day digital buzzword, but also one of our beliefs in striving for excellence in the digital arena."

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For more information, please contact:

Ms. Janet Ong

Digital Product Specialist
www.omy.sg 
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 2348
Email: 
ongjl@sph.com.sg

Ms. Vanni Cheong 
Assistant Manager 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
Tel: 6319 1553 
Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 2.8 million individuals or 69 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, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and SPH Razor. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.