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IZEA Announces Growth in Its Sales and Marketing Organization, Additional Plans for Expansion

(May 14, 2012)

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 05/14/12 -- IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA) (PINKSHEETS: IZEA), the world leader in social media sponsorship, announces recent growth within its sales and marketing organization.

"Today's news aligns with the guidance we provided for 2012 and prepares IZEA for growth well beyond this year," said Ted Murphy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IZEA. "We are aggressively expanding our sales and marketing team to capture client demand and provide the best customer experience possible. In addition to the team members we are announcing today, our goal is to add an additional 8-10 sales team members domestically before the end of the year."

Four team members have recently joined the IZEA sales and marketing organization.

Seattle-based Senior Account Director Greg Martin joined IZEA from mobile advertising company Marchex where he was a senior member of their sales organization. Prior to Marchex, he was a founding member and head of sales for Scout Media, which was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2005. Greg currently serves on a number of advisory boards and will lead client development initiatives for the western region.

Christian Shalay came to IZEA from Texas-based media company Belo Corporation, where he was named to the President's Club because of his strong track record for building client relationships. Previously, Christian was an account manager for and He is based in Dallas and will manage client outreach for IZEA's central region.

Ed Stepankovsky joined IZEA's sales team with leadership and sales experience from RockYou, a social gaming company, Yahoo! and During his time at Yahoo! he was named a President's Club Winner. Ed resides in New York City.

Lastly, Jennifer Brown joined IZEA as Director of Marketing Communications, managing public relations, event marketing, investor relations and community affairs. She joins IZEA with previous public relations and marketing communications experience working for national and international companies including General Motors, Limited Brands and Safelite AutoGlass. Jennifer earned a Bronze Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work at Limited Brands. She resides in Orlando.

IZEA plans to report its quarter-ending March 31, 2012, financial results on May 15.

About IZEA
IZEA, Inc. is the world leader in social media sponsorship, operating multiple marketplaces including, WeReward, Sponsored Tweets and SocialSpark. IZEA connects advertisers with social media influencers, helping them monetize their social media presence. The company has completed over three million social media sponsorships for customers ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 50 organizations. For more information about IZEA, visit

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 social media sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA and general 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:

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