SOURCE: IZEA, Inc.

IZEA, Inc.

March 25, 2015 09:00 ET

Allison+Partners Adopts Izea Platform to Deliver Sponsored Social Campaigns

Sponsored Social Is Another Way Allison+Partners Is Reimagining Communications for Clients

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Mar 25, 2015) - Allison+Partners, recently named PRWeek's "2015 Midsize Agency of the Year," has partnered with Sponsored Social leader IZEA Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA) to implement the company's IZEAx platform.

"As clients turn to Allison+Partners to create the world's most dynamic communications strategies, sponsored social has emerged as one of the most highly-recommended elements of campaign work," said Cathy Planchard, senior partner responsible for Allison+Partners' expanding research and content marketing capabilities. "We are seeing great returns on including it in the strategic mix, and I expect that to grow as social media and influencer campaigns become more interwoven into brand strategy."

IZEAx allows brands, or agencies who work on their behalf, to find and connect with creators to bring stories to life through paid content campaigns. In the company's annual "State of Sponsored Social" report, IZEA found that marketers who have recently utilized the platform say Sponsored Social is more effective than any other marketing approach including experiential marketing, celebrity endorsements, online display and traditional television, radio and print advertising.

One of the most important factors in Allison+Partners' choosing IZEA's platform is the company's strict adherence to the FTC guidelines regulating Sponsored Social. IZEA advised the FTC in crafting the original disclosure guidelines, and IZEAx has the highest disclosure standards in the industry, requiring that each piece of content produced within the platform meets FTC guidelines.

"Forward looking agencies like Allison+Partners have found that adding Sponsored Social to their strategic mix both compliments existing campaigns and opens doors to new opportunities," said Ted Murphy, Chairman and CEO of IZEA.

About IZEA
Founded in 2006, IZEA is the pioneer of Social Sponsorship. The company builds cloud-based marketplaces that connect brands with creators who blog, tweet, pin, and post on their behalf. Brands receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership. For more information about IZEA, visit http://corp.izea.com.

About Allison+Partners
Allison+Partners, an MDC Partners company, is a global communications firm driven by a collaborative approach to innovation and creativity. The firm was named PRWeek's 2015 "Midsize Agency of the Year," In2 SABRE's 2015 "Most Innovative Agency" and The Holmes Report's 2014 "Agency of the Year." Allison+Partners is organized around seven practices: Consumer Marketing, Corporate, Global China Practice, Health + Wellness, Public Affairs, Social Impact and Technology, and has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, Lyon, Singapore, Chicago, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland and San Diego. The agency also has a network and deep affiliations with firms worldwide through MDC Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA) (TSX: MDZ.A), a progressive marketing and communications network, championing the most innovative entrepreneurial talent. For more information, visit www.allisonpr.com.

Disclosure
In full disclosure, IZEA and Allison+Partners are professional service partners.