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Bloomberg campaign pays social media accounts for memes – National Post

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s campaign is paying popular Instagram meme accounts to post content about the billionaire as part of its social media offensive ahead of the 2020 election.

The campaign, which has shelled out on a huge digital campaign to try and beat Republican President Donald Trump in November, has been working with a collective called Meme 2020 to create sponsored content that launched on multiple accounts this week.

In recent weeks, the Bloomberg campaign also posted an invitation on influencer marketplace Tribe, offering Bloomberg supporters a fixed fee of $150 to provide videos or images to the campaign.

The new, self-deprecating Instagram memes show fake messages between Bloomberg and the meme accounts, poking fun at the idea of him paying social influencers to ingratiate himself with young voters.

A post by @fuckjerry, an account with almost 15 million followers, shows an exchange where Bloomberg is shown asking, “Can you post a meme that lets everyone know I’m the cool candidate?”

The Instagram posts included disclaimers, but their satirical nature left some Twitter users wondering if the partnerships were real. Several used the disclaimer: “And yes this is really #sponsored by @mikebloomberg.”

Reactions in the posts’ comments were mixed, with some users finding the strategy funny and others criticizing Bloomberg’s wealth advantage over other candidates. Some slammed the former New York mayor over a 2015 recording of him discussing crime and minorities that surfaced this week.

“Mike Bloomberg 2020 has teamed up with social creators to collaborate with the campaign, including the meme world,” Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a statement. “While a meme strategy may be new to presidential politics, we’re betting it will be an effective component to reach people where they are and compete with President Trump’s powerful digital operation.”

“We haven’t done a political campaign before,” said Reid Hailey, chief executive of Doing Things Media, which runs 12 of the meme accounts involved in the campaign, including @NeatDad and @GamersDoingThings. He said it was a creative decision, rather than an endorsement of Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg campaign has spent more than $70 million on Facebook and Google ads in the last year, far outspending his Democratic rivals and Trump, according to Democratic digital firm Bully Pulpit Interactive.

The campaign’s digital arm is Hawkfish LLC, which Bloomberg founded as a counterweight to the Republican digital operation. It will be funded through November regardless of whether Bloomberg wins the nomination.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford Editing by Leslie Adler)

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VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star – Victoria News

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Greater Victoria police officers came together to learn bhangra from a social media sensation on Friday.

Officers from Saanich, Central Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay police departments along with West Shore and North Cowichan RCMP danced bhangra with Gurdeep Pandher on the front lawn of the B.C. legislature.

“Sharing joy [and] celebrating the love that comes with everyone dancing together,” said VicPD Chief Del Manak in a Tweet. “Turns out there’s even more talent in the Department that I knew!”

Pandher, from the Yukon, moved to Canada from India’s Punjab region more than 10 years ago. His videos of bhangra dancing in scenic locations around Canada has earned him a social media following of more than 300,000 people.

Phander announced on Twitter Aug. 7 that he was coming to Vancouver Island for a 10-day visit.

During his time on the Island, the social media star has shared his spirited dance moves from Salt Spring Island, Nanaimo, Ucluelet and Victoria’s Government Street. Sandher has even danced with a surf board in one arm and two feet in the Pacific Ocean at Tofino’s Long Beach.


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InvestorChannel's Media Watchlist Update for Friday, August 14, 2020, 16:30 EST – InvestorIntel

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InvestorChannel’s Media Stocks Watchlist Update video includes the Top 5 Performers of the Day, and a performance review of the companies InvestorChannel is following in the sector.
Sources Include: Yahoo Finance, AlphaVantage FinnHub & CSE.
For more information, visit us at InvestorIntel.com or email us at [email protected]

Watchlist Companies:
– QYOU Media Inc. (QYOU.V) CAD 0.05 (11.11%)
– Moovly Media Inc. (MVY.V) CAD 0.07 (8.33%)
– Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (PNC-A.TO) CAD 1.60 (5.96%)
– Glacier Media Inc. (GVC.TO) CAD 0.22 (4.76%)
– Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR-B.TO) CAD 2.85 (3.64%)
– MediaValet Inc. (MVP.V) CAD 1.99 (2.58%)
– HubSpot, Inc. (HUBS) USD 278.81 (1.16%)
– Slack Technologies Inc. (WORK) USD 28.36 (0.42%)
– GVIC Communications Corp. (GCT.TO) CAD 0.15 (0.0%)
– Lingo Media Corporation (LM.V) CAD 0.06 (0.0%)
– Network Media Group Inc. (NTE.V) CAD 0.15 (0.0%)
– Quizam Media Corporation (QQ.CN) CAD 0.31 (0.0%)
– WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (WOW.V) CAD 0.37 (0.0%)
– ZoomerMedia Limited (ZUM.V) CAD 0.06 (0.0%)
– Wix.com Ltd. (WIX) USD 277.68 (-0.28%)
– Stingray Group Inc. (RAY-A.TO) CAD 5.62 (-0.35%)
– Adobe Inc. (ADBE) USD 447.60 (-0.54%)
– Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM) USD 244.91 (-0.95%)
– Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TBRD.V) CAD 1.86 (-1.59%)
– Media Central Corporation Inc. (FLYY.CN) CAD 0.01 (-16.67%)

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VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star – Saanich News

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Greater Victoria police officers came together to learn bhangra from a social media sensation on Friday.

Officers from Saanich, Central Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay police departments along with West Shore and North Cowichan RCMP danced bhangra with Gurdeep Pandher on the front lawn of the B.C. legislature.

“Sharing joy [and] celebrating the love that comes with everyone dancing together,” said VicPD Chief Del Manak in a Tweet. “Turns out there’s even more talent in the Department that I knew!”

Pandher, from the Yukon, moved to Canada from India’s Punjab region more than 10 years ago. His videos of bhangra dancing in scenic locations around Canada has earned him a social media following of more than 300,000 people.

Phander announced on Twitter Aug. 7 that he was coming to Vancouver Island for a 10-day visit.

During his time on the Island, the social media star has shared his spirited dance moves from Salt Spring Island, Nanaimo, Ucluelet and Victoria’s Government Street. Sandher has even danced with a surf board in one arm and two feet in the Pacific Ocean at Tofino’s Long Beach.


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