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IZEA, Inc. Retains Merriman Capital as Capital Markets Advisor

SAN FRANCISCO - October 3, 2013 - Merriman Capital, Inc., ("Merriman"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (MERR), announced today that it has been retained as Capital Markets Advisor to IZEA, Inc. ("IZEA") (IZEA). Merriman will provide issuer consulting and strategic equity capital markets advice to IZEA`s management team and Board of Directors.
Merriman provides its capital markets clients with advice on the effective engagement of a potentially broader institutional shareholder base, corporate brokerage services, financing solutions, and strategies for organizing their capital structure. Merriman`s Capital Markets Advisory Group clients also benefit from access to unique capital solutions and the implementation of various public markets initiatives.
IZEA is a technology company that builds innovative, cloud-based marketplaces that connect brands with social influencers to receive sponsorship opportunities. The company has completed more than three million social marketing sponsorships for customers ranging from local businesses to Fortune 50 companies.
"We are pleased to announce IZEA as our newest corporate client benefitting from our market insight, corporate brokerage services as well as strategic advice for capital solutions," commented Doug Rogers, Managing Director and Head of the Capital Markets Advisory Group at Merriman. "As our portfolio of corporate clients grows, we continue to provide excellent services to meet the needs of each of our clients."
About Merriman Capital, Inc.

Merriman Capital, Inc. is a corporate advisory-focused registered investment bank that provides equity and options execution services and differentiated research for high growth companies. The firm also provides capital formation, advisory, and M&A services. Merriman Capital, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. and is the leading investment banking firm for unique high-growth companies. For more information, please go to http://www.merrimanco.com.
Merriman Capital, Inc. is a registered broker-dealer and member of The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) http://www.finra.org/ and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) http://www.sipc.org/.
About IZEA, Inc.

Founded in 2006, IZEA is the pioneer in social marketing sponsorship. The company builds innovative, cloud-based marketplaces that connect brands with more than 750,000 creators who blog, tweet, pin, and post on a compensated basis.

Brands receive authentic online storytelling that serve as a new form of shopper and engagement marketing created by the consumers themselves. For more information about IZEA, visit http://www.izea.com.

Note to Investors

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At Merriman:
Douglas Rogers
Managing Director
Merriman Capital, Inc.
(415) 248-5612
Will Febbo
Chief Operating Officer
Merriman Capital, Inc.
(415) 248-5603
Howard Bernstein
Chief Compliance Officer
Merriman Capital, Inc.
(415) 262-1377

Diane Schreiber
Senior Managing Director
(415) 321-1871
Brittany Hall
Communications Coordinator
IZEA, Inc.
(321) 332-6830 x. 175

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