Nike's Kaepernick ad campaign may be controversial, but it's a brilliant marketing strategy. Nike did the math and recognized consumers will reward them for demonstrating a share value.
Would you get a tattoo of a logo? I know I wouldn't. I find the idea simply ridiculous. But from a branding context, wow! A tattoo worthy brand may be the pinnacle of consumerism, but it demonstrates that the brand stands something and people are connecting with it at a deep, personal level.
Brand symbols function as a visual shorthand. Nike has the swoosh, and Starbucks uses the twin-tailed mermaid. When customers see these symbols they immediately think of the associated brand. The company doesn't need words to tell their story. The symbol does it all. The article chronicles Sticky Branding's approach to developing a symbol for our brand.
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