SOURCE: IZEA, Inc.

IZEA, Inc.

April 07, 2015 08:00 ET

IZEA Q1 2015 Bookings Grow 151% Year Over Year

All-Time Quarterly Record of $4.3M

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2015) - IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA), operator of the premier online marketplace that connects brands with influential content creators, announced 151% year over year bookings growth in the first quarter of 2015 to $4.3 million, the highest quarterly performance in the history of the company. The Company's bookings growth was fueled by the acquisition of Ebyline, Inc. earlier this year, which contributed to IZEA's numbers in February and March, but did not impact January, as the acquisition did not close until month end.

IZEA's core Sponsored Social bookings grew 69% year over year to $2.9M in the quarter, posting an all-time quarterly record for the company.

"We continue to build momentum throughout the organization," said Ted Murphy, IZEA's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are already seeing benefits and cross-selling opportunities from the acquisition of Ebyline. Our sales team is seasoning well and we are beginning to realize benefits from the investments we made throughout 2014."

The company will release full financial results for Q1 2015 in May.

About IZEA
IZEA operates the premier online marketplace that connects brands with influential content creators. IZEA creators range from leading bloggers and social media personalities to A-List celebrities and professional journalists. Creators are compensated for developing and distributing unique content on behalf of brands including long form text, videos, photos and status updates. Brands receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. For more information about IZEA, visit http://corp.izea.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release that are forward-looking include the company's bookings. These forward-looking statements are based largely on IZEA's expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond IZEA's control. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, competitive conditions in the social sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA, inability to obtain additional capital, and changing economic conditions that are less favorable than expected. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this respect will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement.