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Record First-Half Bookings of $21.5M, Up 22% Year-Over-Year

Orlando, Florida (July 11, 2022) IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), the premier provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for the world’s leading brands, announced today that its Managed Services team secured contracts totaling $9.3 million in the second quarter of 2022, down from $11.1 million in second quarter 2021. Managed Services bookings in the first half of 2022 totaled $21.5 million, an increase of 22% year-over-year compared with the first half of 2021.

 “IZEA saw a slowdown in new bookings in the latter portion of Q2 which impacted the outcome for the overall quarter,” said Ted Murphy, IZEA Founder and CEO. “We believe this is largely reflective of the macro-economic climate as customers delayed marketing commitments to assess the broader landscape.”

 “It is important to note that the overwhelming majority of those Q2 opportunities that did not close within the quarter remain intact,” continued Murphy. “This is in contrast to what we saw with the early onset of COVID-19 in 2020, when many opportunities were immediately pulled, and customers went unresponsive for a prolonged period of time. It took several quarters for us to see an incredible bookings rebound after that global economic shockwave. We currently believe this impact will be shorter in duration.”

 “The company remains ahead of our internal bookings plans for the front half of 2022,”  Murphy added. “Team IZEA is focused on growth. We anticipate that bookings will increase in the back half based on our current pipeline of high-probability customer opportunities.”

 Bookings are a measure of all sales orders minus any known or expected cancellations or refunds with respect to such sales orders or refunds. Management uses bookings to inform expectations of total sales activity. Bookings are not always an indicator of revenue for the quarter and could be subject to future adjustment. Revenues from Managed Services bookings are typically recognized over a nine-month period on average.

About IZEA Worldwide, Inc.

IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (“IZEA”), is a marketing technology company providing software and professional services that enable brands to collaborate and transact with the full spectrum of today’s top social influencers and content creators. The company serves as a champion for the growing Creator Economy, enabling individuals to monetize their content, creativity, and influence. IZEA launched the industry’s first-ever influencer marketing platform in 2006 and has since facilitated nearly 4 million transactions between online buyers and sellers. Leading brands and agencies partner with IZEA to increase digital engagement, diversify brand voice, scale content production, and drive a measurable return on investment.

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