Nike’s decision to feature Kaepernick in their latest campaign has re-ignited the controversy, drawing the attention of those on both sides of the issue. Some outraged customers have threatened to destroy their Nike products: one man even attempted to burn his sneakers while still wearing them.
Does this bother Nike? Probably not. In fact, one school of thought is that they expected this reaction to occur, but banked on the fact their core customer base (younger and more urban consumers) would identify with this kind of activism and more than make up for those who choose not to remain with the brand.
One industry expert estimates Nike received over $100 million of free promotion for the company in the first 48 hours alone. During that time, the company was mentioned over a million times online–a 3000% increase in conversations.
Regardless of how you feel about the kneeling issue, it’s clear Nike’s bold actions have allowed them to stand out above the noise in the marketplace.
In fact, in this case, when it came to making noise, Nike decided to go all in and just do it.
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