IZEA’s Hoozu Acquires 26 Talent, Amplifying Influencer Marketing Reach in APAC

GlobeNewswire July 2, 2024

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hoozu, a leading influencer marketing agency and a subsidiary of IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), proudly announces the acquisition of 26 Talent, a distinguished Australian talent management agency. This strategic acquisition strengthens Hoozu’s capabilities and expands its footprint in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, in line with IZEA’s global M&A strategy.

26 Talent is renowned for its exceptional representation of top-tier influencers and creators, offering robust talent management and innovative marketing solutions. The agency will be folded under Huume, Hoozu’s talent representation business. Mikhailla Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of 26 Talent, will lead Huume, reporting directly to Natalie Giddings, CEO of Hoozu, ensuring a smooth transition and integration.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome 26 Talent into the Hoozu family,” said Natalie Giddings. “Their impressive roster of talent and innovative approach to influencer marketing perfectly align with our mission to lead the industry in APAC. This acquisition not only broadens our capabilities but also enhances the value we bring to our clients and creators.”

Fitzgerald echoed the excitement, stating, “Joining forces with Hoozu opens up remarkable opportunities for our talent and clients. We are thrilled to become part of a forward-thinking company that shares our commitment to excellence and innovation in influencer marketing.”

This acquisition is a testament to IZEA’s commitment to growing its presence in the APAC region, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. By integrating 26 Talent’s expertise and network, Hoozu aims to deliver unparalleled influencer marketing solutions, fostering creativity and driving impactful campaigns.

The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

McInnes Wilson acted as legal counsel to Hoozu. Hitch Advisory served as legal counsel and make consulting group acted as financial advisor to 26 Talent.

Strategic Significance of the Acquisition
The acquisition of 26 Talent marks a significant milestone in Hoozu’s journey. It reinforces the company’s commitment to growth, expanding its influence and capabilities through strategic mergers and acquisitions. This move is part of a broader strategy to build a diverse and robust portfolio of services and talent that can cater to the evolving needs of brands and creators across the region.

Enhanced Capabilities and Services
With 26 Talent’s strong reputation and innovative approach to talent management, Hoozu is set to enhance its service offerings significantly. The integration will provide clients access to a broader range of influencers, more comprehensive marketing solutions, and cutting-edge strategies that drive engagement and results. This synergy is expected to unlock new opportunities for both brands and creators, ensuring that Hoozu remains at the forefront of influencer marketing trends.

IZEA’s Commitment to APAC Growth
IZEA is committed to expanding its presence in the APAC region. By investing in local talent and infrastructure, IZEA aims to foster organic growth and create a strong foundation for long-term success. This strategic focus on APAC is driven by the region’s dynamic market, growing digital economy, and increasing demand for innovative marketing solutions.

About Hoozu
Hoozu, a subsidiary of IZEA Worldwide, Inc., is a premier influencer marketing agency in the Asia-Pacific region. Hoozu specializes in creating and executing impactful influencer campaigns, leveraging IZEA’s global reach, technology and resources to deliver exceptional results for brands and creators alike.

About 26 Talent
26 Talent is a leading talent management agency based in Australia, representing top-tier influencers and creators. The agency is dedicated to fostering talent growth and delivering innovative marketing solutions that connect brands with their audiences.

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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Nicole O’Hara
IZEA Worldwide, Inc.
Phone: 407-674-6911
Email: pr@izea.com

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