IZEA Honored as Stevie® Award Winner in 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers

Company Wins Silver Stevie® Employer of the Year Award for Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

WINTER PARK, Fla.--()--IZEA, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), operator of IZEAx, the premier online marketplace connecting brands and publishers with influential content creators, has been named a Stevie® Award winner in the inaugural Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

More than 250 nominations from organizations around the world were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of HR-related categories. IZEA won in the Employer of the Year category for advertising, marketing and public relations.

“We are honored to be recognized as a leading employer for advertising, marketing and public relations,” said Ted Murphy, Chairman and CEO of IZEA. “This award validates our corporate culture of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Our team of more than 150 people are dreamers, doers and innovators that drive the democratization of media, allowing everyone from college students and stay at home moms to celebrities and journalists an opportunity to monetize their content, creativity and influence in social media.”

More than 50 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards, commented: “The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received in the first Stevie Award for Great Employers. The dedication these Stevie-winning organizations have to making great workplaces for employees was evident in every nomination.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

About IZEA

IZEA operates IZEAx, 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. 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 content and social sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA 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 press release will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement.

Contacts

Media Relations for IZEA:
IZEA, Inc.
Lindsay Broadhurst, 407-215-6218
Director, Corporate Events & Communications
lindsay.broadhurst@izea.com
or
Investor Relations for IZEA:
Liolios Investor Relations
Ronald A. Both, 949-574-3860
izea@liolios.com

Contacts

Media Relations for IZEA:
IZEA, Inc.
Lindsay Broadhurst, 407-215-6218
Director, Corporate Events & Communications
lindsay.broadhurst@izea.com
or
Investor Relations for IZEA:
Liolios Investor Relations
Ronald A. Both, 949-574-3860
izea@liolios.com