Though Nike's controversial ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick caused quite a stir and a backlash from older demographics, the campaign was a successful in sales with their core demographic as it was in spreading awareness to the conversation of police brutality in America. But from anyone who's been following Nike closely, this marketing technique should not have come as a surprise at all.
In fact, Nike has been investing in cause marketing since the 1980s, with consistently positive results for the brand. Clearly the shoe brand has been onto something that other brands like Gillette, whose ad campaign against toxic masculinity caused equal controversy, are just now beginning to implement. In this blog post, Hollywood Branded examines how to amplify your brand through cause marketing from the expertise of Signify's Kristi Porter.