Ikman.lk

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ikman.lk
Ikman-logo.svg
Web address http://ikman.lk
Slogan Buy, Sell, Smile (Free Ad Classifieds In Sri Lanka)
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Classifieds
Registration none
Available in Sinhala, Tamil, English
Launched June 01, 2012
Alexa rank
Increase 7, Sri Lanka (Dec 2014)[1]
Current status Active

ikman.lk is a classified advertisements website operating in Sri Lanka.

Business description[edit]

The site hosts free user-generated classified advertisements, sorted by various categories. The name "ikman" comes from the Sinhala term "ඉක්මන්" meaning "fast", or "quick".[2]

Launched in June 2012, ikman.lk gained prominence due to its large selection of second-hand items. According to statistics from Alexa Internet,[1] ikman.lk became the 15th most visited website[3] in Sri Lanka after three months of operation.

The site is developed and maintained by technical teams based in Sweden, although the business development and customer services for ikman.lk are managed by local staff within Sri Lanka.[4]

The website is free to use, with users required to provide a valid e-mail address in order to upload advertisements onto the site. All submitted ads are manually screened before being shown on the site, a security measure to ensure that the products and services being offered are authentic and legal.[4]

The ikman.lk website is considered to be the first classifieds portal in the country to offer content in English as well as the country's main Sinhala and Tamil languages.[4][5][6][7]

Geographic scope[edit]

ikman.lk's services are limited to cities and locations in Sri Lanka, with an estimated potential audience of approximately 2 million internet users (as of January 2013).[8]

Usage Statistics[edit]

Items listed on ikman.lk include electronics, pets, cars and, vehicles and other categories including land and property. The categories with the highest volume (in terms of online transactions) on the site are vehicles, electronics and property. [9]

Ads for second hand cars account for nearly 20% of all ads posted, with users from Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy and Kurunegala contributing the majority of ads. Colombo leads as the primary trading hub for cars and vehicles, with an estimated value of 58 million Sri Lankan Rupees[9] in total transactions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ikman.lk Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  2. ^ "fast- [i k ma n]". Sinhala Online. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka records highest internet growth in South Asia". Ceylon Today. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "The first-ever tri-lingual free classified website unveiled in Sri Lanka". Ceylon Today. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Put your shopping needs in one place! - With Ikman.lk". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 30 December 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ikman.lk launches website for classified advertising". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 28 October 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "lkman.lk, a cost-effective classified service, a first in Sri Lanka". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 6 November 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka Internet users". Index Mundi. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Second hand car sales increase online". Ceylon Today. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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