ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), the premier provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for the world’s leading brands and agencies, today announced its Managed Services team secured contract bookings totaling $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2023, down slightly from $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2022.
“IZEA ended Q4 with Managed Services bookings that were largely in line with Q4 2022, despite a variety of headwinds we had to overcome throughout the year,” stated Ted Murphy, Founder and CEO of IZEA. “We’ve navigated a transformative period for the company while simultaneously laying the groundwork for a future of expansion, and we are looking forward to the new year.”
“In 2023, we parted ways with a large customer that represented over 20% of our annual bookings in 2022. As we set our sights on rebuilding from the loss in 2023, one of our primary goals was customer and revenue diversification,” continued Murphy. “I am pleased to share that we finished 2023 with the largest number of active customers we have ever had, including a SaaS customer base that hit an all-time high in December. We believe we will see a return to year-over-year Managed Services bookings growth in 2024, with quarterly SaaS revenue continuing to build from the low point we hit in Q3 of 2023.”
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 adjustments. Revenues from Managed Services bookings are typically recognized over a seven to nine-month period on average.
About IZEA Worldwide, Inc.
IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (including its wholly-owned subsidiaries, “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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