SOURCE: IZEA, Inc.

IZEA, Inc.

July 09, 2014 08:00 ET

IZEA Q2 2014 Bookings Grow 40% Year Over Year; All-Time Quarterly Record of $2.56M

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2014) - IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA), the leader in Sponsored Social, announced a 40% year over year bookings growth in the second quarter of 2014 to $2.56 million, the highest quarterly performance in the history of the company. The period ended June 30th marks the first time that the company has surpassed $2 million in bookings within a single quarter, up from $1.8 million during the same period in 2013.

During the quarter, the Company initiated campaigns on behalf of brands such as Bacardi, Unilever, Walmart, ConAgra Foods, Bloomin' Brands, adidas, Clorox, Hollister, Kimberly Clark and Scott's, as well as the world's leading agencies including Starcom MediaVest, Ketchum, MEC, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Horizon Media. IZEA also gained preferred vendor status with one of the world's top-five consumer package goods companies along with preferred partner status at one of the nation's top media buying agencies.

"We had strong top line growth in Q2, fueled primarily by IZEA's legacy platforms and seasoned sales team members," said Ted Murphy, IZEA's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "I am very enthusiastic about our prospects for the second half of this year. The business stands to benefit by way of incremental business from our newest sales team members, the transition to our new technology ecosystem, IZEAx, and the onboarding of our Exchange partners who will utilize IZEAx inside their companies."

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.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 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 Sponsored Social 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 release will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement