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Strip clubs swivel online to entice RNC visitors
Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Justin George

Posted on 06/02/2012 7:47:12 PM PDT by Brandonmark

In a private room at the 2001 Odyssey strip club, dancers with names like Candy, Bella and Ferrari sit on a high-backed velvet bench and video chat with online customers from across the country. For a price, they'll disrobe and move into an adjacent room to dance.

Web customers pay a monthly membership fee for these virtual interactions. And some of them, the club says, end up coming to Tampa for a trip inside the spaceship-topped nude club on N Dale Mabry Highway where they can visit the strippers in person.

By August — just in time for the Republican National Convention — operators of Club Cam Systems plan to roll out similar ventures at two other Tampa adult clubs. Their goal: drum up thousands of dollars online while giving some of the estimated 50,000 GOP convention visitors a taste of the adult entertainment awaiting them when they arrive.

"For the RNC, people need places to go. We're trying to create the awareness for people who come to Tampa that Tampa has a lot of things to do," said Russ Bruno, an owner of Club Cam Systems.

It's a true "hub and spoke" model of social media marketing that's being synchronized just in time for arriving delegates, politicians, lobbyists and other tourists. Like other businesses pitching for convention visitors, the clubs are updating their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to drive traffic to their websites, which drives foot traffic to the clubs.

"I think Tampa may be breaking new ground with this," said Glen Gilmore, a consultant and digital marketing professor at Rutgers University. "It's a dramatic shift in marketing, and I guess what's happening in Tampa just reinforces the fact that traditional marketing is yielding to new media and new marketing."

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; rnc; strippers; tampa

1 posted on 06/02/2012 7:47:19 PM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

So this is why Ron Paul and his delegates want to make it all the way to the convention!


2 posted on 06/02/2012 7:51:08 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Brandonmark

Bill Clinton will now volunteer as a Republican Delegate from New York.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 7:52:33 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: Brandonmark; martin_fierro
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4 posted on 06/02/2012 7:53:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Actually pretty pathetic picture accompanied the article :(


5 posted on 06/02/2012 8:01:23 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

I had thought all the strippers would be named Julia.


6 posted on 06/02/2012 8:03:20 PM PDT by Redcloak (Mitt Romney: Puttin' the "Country club" back in "Republican".)
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To: Brandonmark
how frickin embarrassing tampa, odyssey street view
7 posted on 06/02/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT by jjw
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To: SunkenCiv
You want them you got them.

You got pics, you didn't say what of.

Now if you want pics of women...


8 posted on 06/02/2012 8:11:14 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Redcloak
I had thought all the strippers would be named Julia.

It seems like someone told me a couple of years ago that a stripper's stage name was their pet's name followed the street they lived on.

9 posted on 06/02/2012 8:12:11 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark; mountn man

Thanks!


10 posted on 06/02/2012 8:22:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Brandonmark; JRios1968; Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz; Old Sarge; SunkenCiv
In a private room at the 2001 Odyssey strip club, dancers with names like Candy, Bella and Ferrari sit on a high-backed velvet bench and video chat with online customers from across the country.

You get the idea.

11 posted on 06/02/2012 8:26:35 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jjw
yea, we're still working on getting rid of the trailer trash (google street view), whores (google street view), and prostitutes (google street view)
12 posted on 06/02/2012 8:30:14 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Brandonmark

Oh great....now we have virtual prositution.


13 posted on 06/02/2012 8:42:27 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Brandonmark
"For the RNC, people need places to go.

You should have seen the hilarious newspaper stories during the 2004 GOP Convention in NYC, which renominated GWB. The Times Square hookers were fuming to reporters that all these uptight Republicans and their families had come to town, and the sin business went dead.

No kidding, some of them remembered the Democratic Convention in NYC a few years earlier, and they asked why the Republicans couldn't be more like them.

My guess is that the virtual prostitution business will flop in Tampa, except for a few Beltway RINOs who stop by.

14 posted on 06/02/2012 8:52:41 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Brandonmark

In Charlotte, the strip clubs are getting ready for the DNC convention with folks like Burt and Ernie getting ready to do lap dances for Bawney and O wow wow.


15 posted on 06/02/2012 9:16:33 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 52% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Brandonmark

Fido Sepulveda, I remember her well....


16 posted on 06/02/2012 9:28:38 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Brandonmark
...while giving some of the estimated 50,000 GOP convention visitors a taste of the adult entertainment awaiting them when they arrive.

Do they have different orafi in Tampa?

17 posted on 06/02/2012 9:30:04 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Brandonmark

Live internet pay porn. So why is this being touted as an item that can be target marketed to the GOP convention, or anybody at a fixed geographic locale for that matter? Surely it can be marketed internet wide can’t it?


18 posted on 06/02/2012 9:36:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: jjw

Atlanta used to be the epicenter of strip clubs. I don’t know if it still is. I do know that I have never seen one as tacky as the Odyssey 2001. But, I don’t get out much anymore.


19 posted on 06/02/2012 9:37:46 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: Brandonmark

This exact same scenario played out 48 years ago in San Francisco.


20 posted on 06/02/2012 9:47:15 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Rembrandt

The Dem action just hasn’t been the same since Teddy Kennedy’s departure.


21 posted on 06/02/2012 11:18:23 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: sten

Awesome!


22 posted on 06/03/2012 2:27:33 PM PDT by jjw
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Live internet pay porn. So why is this being touted as an item that can be target marketed to the GOP convention, or anybody at a fixed geographic locale for that matter? Surely it can be marketed internet wide can’t it?

The local paper here has been pushing stories about sex and the RNC for a while. I suspect there's nothing they would like better than to catch some GOP guy with something worth reporting on... ya know what I mean? These are the MSM people who scream if they catch one of us jaywalking - you know what they're going for... our people better be careful in Tampa.

23 posted on 06/03/2012 3:09:55 PM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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