Leading integrated financial services company HNB FINANCE PLC (HNBF) took home the bronze award for superior Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing at the recently held SLIM DIGI Awards 2021. This spotlights HNBF as the only finance company to emerge victorious at the prestigious annual awards ceremony, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding digital marketing endeavors spearheaded by organisations across a multitude of industries in Sri Lanka.
HNBF secured this unique victory for their exceptionally strategised and executed campaign, “Building an organic footprint”. The awards ceremony was held on the January 21, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
“We are extremely honoured to have secured this coveted win for our SEO and SEM efforts. Digital marketing plays a pivotal role in empowering companies to reach their targets, and the global pandemic has only accelerated this agenda by compelling companies to reimagine their business models to reach consumers more effectively and creatively. As an institution that places a high value on superior customer experiences, HNB FINANCE has always looked to digital to enhance our service portfolio. This victory is undoubtedly testament to the strength and effectiveness of our persistent investment in digital innovation.” stated HNB FINANCE Head of Marketing Udara Gunasinghe.
HNB FINANCE is motivated by a strong vision to provide innovative, technology-driven financial solutions to enhance customer experiences and foster deeper, more meaningful relationships with all stakeholders; in a global climate placing increasing emphasis on digital transformation. The company’s active presence in the digital sphere consistently delivers rich insight on customer success stories, CSR initiatives, HNBF’s financial offerings as well as regular updates on the financial sector with the aim of improving financial literacy in the country. Most recently, HNB FINANCE was also awarded the prestigious Arcturus Award for social content & marketing at the annual Vega Digital Awards 2020 – the only finance company in Sri Lanka to have secured this honour.
The SLIM DIGI Awards is one of Sri Lanka’s most anticipated and prestigious Awarding Ceremonies, regarded as the premier celebration of the expertise, talent and achievements in the digital sphere. All entrants are independently judged under stringent international standards by the industry’s most respected business, marketing and digital marketing professionals. It recognizes the Best Digital Marketing campaigns from across a multitude of industries such as banking and finance, insurance, telecommunications, real estate, leisure and hospitality, and more. The SLIM DIGI awards aims to encourage innovative and contemporary work of global standards, as well as to inspire Sri Lanka’s digital marketing industry and its next generation of practitioners.
Dialog Axiata revolutionizes digital payment acceptance for small business owners
eZ Cash, Sri Lanka’s Largest Mobile Money platform has enabled instant access for small businesses to accept contactless and remote payments using LANKAQR. With the Central Bank of Sri Lanka led initiative to digitize small value payments in Sri Lanka through an inter-operable, standardized LANKAQR, Dialog Axiata PLC (“Dialog”) is committed to empowering the nation with simple, easy solutions which add value to small businesses who are now able to self register for this service through their mobile phones.
Small business and self employed persons such as retailers, street vendors, three wheelers etc. with a Dialog mobile number can now download the eZ Cash app and use a simple registration process to sign-up for an eZ Cash Classic Wallet at no additional cost. On using the “MyQR” feature via the eZ Cash app, they can start accepting payments from their customers using their unique LANKAQR code. Payments can be accepted from any mobile banking app or payment wallet in the country which has enabled LANKAQR transactions, and proceeds will be received instantly to their wallet. Transactions using the LANKAQR payment network will be charged a nominal fee of 0.5% of the transaction value. Businesses are able to withdraw cash from the wallet at over 20,000 eZ Cash retailers located island wide or at any commercial bank ATM. Proceeds from the wallet can be used to settle over 100 utility or institutional payments to companies such as CEB, LECO, the Water Board, SLIC, AIA, Ceylinco Insurance, HNB Finance, CDB, AMW Finance etc. eZ Cash Wallet holders can also send money to an eZ Cash Wallet or pay for good and services at any retailer in the country which has enabled LANKAQR payment acceptance.
The revolutionary MyQR solution can also be used by online businesses to accept payments by posting a saved image of their LANKAQR code on their website or Facebook page. Businesses can also accept remote payments from their customers by forwarding their saved LANKAQR code via email and WhatsAapp so that customers can scan the image of the LANKAQR code and make payments through their bank’s mobile payment app which has enabled LANKAQR. Payments to the value of Rs. 10,000 per day can be accepted into an eZ Cash Classic Wallet while payments in excess of this value and up to Rs. 50,000 per day can be enabled through an eZ Cash Power Wallet. Customers can enhance their Classic eZ Cash Wallet to a Power Wallet by visiting any Dialog Customer Experience Centre or Service Centre.
Latest model of OPPO F- Series tipped to launch in March
It is learnt that OPPO is set to unveil the latest addition to their range – the F19 Series in early March 2021. A rectangular camera module with four lenses, LED flash, and AI support adorns the rear design of the F19 Pro while a smart band which may get launched simultaneously – is seen alongside, in a post revealing the series.
OPPO F19 Pro looks quite elegant its design & features a button on the right side which is believed to be the power on/off button. As per the poster image, there is no physical fingerprint sensor at the back panel, which suggests the phone might come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
While OPPO might be working on the low-light camera performance, it is also suggested that it will have features like AI Colour Portrait Video, and Dual-View Video, which allow recording videos from both front and rear cameras.
Wrapped in Ultra Slim Body, the device is tipped to come in at least two shades.
The OPPO Smart Band could also be expected in Sri Lanka alongside the launch of the new F19 Series, similar to the OPPO watch which was released with OPPO F17 Pro. The Smart Band is said to handle message notifications which will include incoming call notification & call rejection, apart from having whole host of other features. Both products are expected to be in stores from mid- March 2021.
Hirdaramani takes bold new steps in transparency
The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for its energy usage. With this robust tracking standard, the group hopes to add new layers of accountability and credibility to its operations, living up to the commitments outlined in the company’s own sustainability vision.
As Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs), I-RECs serve to increase transparency in the energy sector and provide clarity about the use of renewable electricity among end-consumers. The I-REC Standard (www.irecstandard.org) ensures that issued certificates comply with major international sustainability and carbon accountability standards and adhere to stakeholder expectations of industry best practice for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance and double attribute claiming. The system also helps individual companies seeking to improve their environmental credentials, while raising awareness among consumers and industry players.
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