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STProperty wins Bronze in SiTF Awards 2013

Singapore, 11 October 2013 - Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) ST701, Singapore's trusted Online Classifieds, emerged tops in the SiTF (Singapore infocomm Technology Federation) Awards 2013 last night. STProperty bagged a Bronze in its "Digital Media" category.

The SiTF Awards is an annual recognition programme that rewards local innovations across industries in the national information and communication technology (ICT) scene. It is judged by 33 esteemed professionals and luminaries from various disciplines of the IT field. This year, it received more than 290 nominations which consisted of start-ups, established corporations and public institutions across varied sectors.

Entries were judged based on a standard of distinction as determined by the SiTF, according to the category entered. Some attributes taken into consideration include uniqueness, market potential, functionalities and features, quality and application of technology and presentation.

Mr Johnson Goh, Head and Vice President of ST701, said: “We are delighted that STProperty is endorsed by an acclaimed panel comprising accomplished entrepreneurs and academics from the ICT industry. This accolade affirms that our product is one that gives excellent value and quality to users and advertisers. At the end of the day, we are just happy that our users will benefit from a portal that can best serve their property needs in terms of providing reliable, relevant and up-to-date results.”

Since its launch, STProperty has seen close to 250% increase in average daily visits to its site. In its continuous quest to match user requirements in light of constantly evolving policies, it introduced Singapore Property Watch last month. It is a new function that lets property seekers, buyers and agents access complex property data and pricing information in a simplified manner and saw a 300% increase in daily average page views between August and September. 

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 STProperty

Launched in August 2012, STProperty is Singapore’s trusted and fastest growing property portal. Awarded Best in Mobile Media (Gold) at the Asian Digital Awards (2012), STProperty offers a comprehensive database of property-related resources such as guides, news articles and useful tools and calculators. Home seekers and property investors can access over 88,000 residential, commercial and industrial listings based on advanced and preferred search options. Downloaded 52,000 times, the free STProperty app for iOS and Android has an intuitive geo-locator function for browsing properties on the go. STProperty has 400,000 registered users, 17,000 listed agents and 111,000 social media fans. According to NetRatings, STProperty garners 8 million page views and 1.7 million visitors monthly. 

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 SPHMBO. 

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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