zMessenger becomes first Sri Lankan Winner at Festival of Media APAC Awards 2018

zMessenger celebrated its 15th year of digital excellence by becoming the only Sri Lankan Gold Award Winner at the prestigious Festival of Media APAC Awards 2018. The Festival of Media APAC Awards celebrate the best in media thinking and communications the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

zMessenger’s “Ekata/Onra” campaign for WUSC Sri Lanka (World University Service of Canada) won the Gold award under the “Best Social Marketing Campaign” category. Judged by a senior panel of industry experts, the Festival of Media APAC Awards is the only awards ceremony dedicated to the evolution of media across the APAC region. It has participation of 13 countries, 63 judges and 147 shortlisted entries.

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The zMessenger team in Sri Lanka with the award

During its 15 year of operations, zMessenger has built a reputation for its unique and innovative approach and its commitment in transforming the digital marketing landscape of Sri Lanka. Further, zMessenger has also empowered and continues to empower local organizations to keep up with the latest technological trends from around the world. zMessenger currently handles over 90 companies including several of the island’s leading organizations and has provided digital solutions to more than 130 brands.

In order to expand the company’s regional footprint, zMessenger has made strategic tie-ups with regional leaders in technology and advertising. In 2017, zMessenger entered into a partnership with Chuo Senko, a veteran Japanese advertising agency network to expand its Digital Marketing Technology and Services into the ASEAN region.  Most recently, zMessenger embarked on a partnership with SSD-Tech, a leading technology company based in Bangladesh, emphasizing the company’s regional expansion with regards to leveraging on the potential market opportunities in Bangladesh.

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zMessenger Co-founder/ Chief Executive Officer Jayomi Lokuliyana, Director Janaka Rupasinghe and SSD Tech Chief Executive Officer Hassan Mehdi – and President Mahbudul Matin exchanging the agreement

Since inception, zMessenger has won numerous awards for designing and delivering exceptional consumer experiences. Last year, the company won the Runner-up award in the “ICT Services Sector” at the National Business Excellence Awards 2017 organised by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and also bagged four wins at the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) ZeroOne Awards including the “Overall Winner” award for the “Best Use of Mobile” category. During 2016, the company was presented with the “Best Digital Marketing and Social Media Company South Asia” award at the South Asian Partnership Summit (SAPS) & Business Awards.

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zMessenger team together with CEO/Co-Founder Jayomi Lokuliyana receiving an award from Hon. Harin Fernando Minster of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure

Expressing her views on the milestone, Jayomi Lokuliyana – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of zMessenger stated, “The Festival of Media APAC Awards win has come at the right time and is a culmination of years of hard work by the team. It gives us more reasons to celebrate our 15th anniversary. It has been a wonderful journey full of exciting challenges and outstanding innovations.

In fact, she says innovation is the lifeblood of zMessenger from inception and the core value the entire company shares. As a result, every year, a significant portion of the annual budget is spent in terms of resources, IT infrastructure and learning. In order to extend our innovation efforts, we have made strategic partnerships with some of the island’s leading IT universities such as the UCSC of University of Colombo and University of Kelaniya.”

Additionally, Jayomi Lokuliyana won the “Best Female Entrepreneur in South Asia” award given out by the South Asian Business Partnership Awards.

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