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STJobs and STCars win Silver in 2013 W3 Awards

Singapore, 8 October 2013 - Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) ST701, Singapore's trusted Online Classifieds, won two Silvers in the 2013 W3 Awards. The winners were announced by The International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA) last month.

Two of ST701's products, STJobs and STCars, bagged a Silver for General Website Categories (Employment) and Mobile Applications (Services) respectively.

The W3 Awards honours creative excellence on the web, and recognises the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs. It is judged by the IAVA, an invitation-only body consisting of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts. This year, it received more than 4,000 entries in various categories from top companies and agencies worldwide.

Entries were judged based on a standard of excellence as determined by the IAVA, according to the category entered. To uphold a high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or no winner at all. 

Websites were judged on their creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use. Entries for the Marketing category were judged by their creativity, impact, messaging, copywriting, and use of medium. 

Mr Johnson Goh, Head and Vice President of ST701, said: “We are heartened that our work is recognised by a very established panel of professionals and an international body. We are glad and hopeful that our users can benefit from our best-of-class features. Together with our other products such as STClassifieds and STProperty, STJobs and STCars will strive to improve on our functionalities so as to remain relevant and to provide the best value and highest quality for our members and advertisers.”

Since its launch last year, STJobs has seen a 250% increase in unique visitors to its site. The STCars app has also recorded more than 40,000 free downloads across all smartphone platforms since its inception early this year, with both figures still growing.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Linda Lee (Ms)
Marketing Manager
ST701 (Online Classifieds)
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 8919

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226

About STJobs (previously ST701 Jobs) is an engaging, trusted and relevant online portal to both job seekers and employers. To date, the online portal has seen more than 10 million page views monthly with over 600,000 registered job seekers and 60,000 hiring employers. 

These outstanding figures are attributed by unique job hunting and candidate seeking features such as job matching technology, resume scan and huge number of direct employer job listings that span a wide range of industries and cover a spectrum of full-time, part-time and temporary positions.

About STCars (previously ST701 Cars) is a comprehensive online motoring portal catered to help users buy, sell and rent new and used vehicles. As one of the verticals under the ST701 brand, the portal focuses on offering a unique user experience for both car consumers and dealers. 

The online cars portal boasts attractive, relevant features like motor community, vehicle inventory, the largest database for guides and articles as well as car services and accessories. With this spectrum of enhanced features, aims to establish itself as a car enthusiast’s choice of source for car and commercial vehicles.

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 
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, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors 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, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

In the radio business, SPH UnionWorks 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 SPH MediaBoxOffice. 

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. 

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