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Power of brands,Social Media

Is Being Controversial a Good Marketing Approach?

I have been a fan of Nike for a long time, I even read Phil Knight’s book Shoe Dog and I loved it. It has been Nike’s marketing strategy almost since the beginning to sponsor controversial athletes. In this book, Phil Knight tells the story of how they started sponsoring athletes that at the time were controversial like John McEnroe for example or more recent athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams In 1973 Nike signed Steve Prefontaine as its first sponsored athlete. This is what Phil Knight said about that deal - “Pre was a rebel from a working-class...