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You Can't Stop Nike




Nike have released another groundbreaking and super emotive ad, reminding us why they remain the world's leading sportswear brand and one of the best advertisers. Since it's release last Friday, "You Can't Stop Us" has already reached over 40 million views on Youtube - amazing!


The 90 second video delivers a powerful story of perseverance and inspires hope in the face of adversity. It talks to race, gender and the idea that we are all in this together. It is also a rare example of how split screens can work.


The ad, narrated by Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe, features a compilation of sports-diverse footage stitched together into one streamlined narrative. It is quite beautifully done.


We evaluated it with an online survey with Australians to understand how it makes them feel and why it is so effective.



The ad performs above both our effectiveness and emotional benchmarks and three quarters of viewers like the ad. Overall it is amongst the top 25% of ads evaluated in Australia.


Below are some results from our analysis - all are scored out of 10, with a benchmark of 6.0.


One of the strongest components is the casting, scoring 7.5. The wide representation across disabilities, race and gender, make everyone feel included. These images are captured side-by-side using a split screen and this reinforces a collective sense of togetherness - people are yearning for a connection and sense of community at the moment.


The ad also has a mix of both high-profile athletes (Serena Williams, LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo and Naomi Osaka) and everyday athletes. This balance provides sufficient celebrity credibility (7.4) while also remaining relatable for consumers (6.5).


The ad touches on topical issues which makes it very relevant to viewers. It addresses the COVID-19 Pandemic with a scene of workers in hazmat suits spraying down a stadium. It does it in a way that leaves people feeling positive and hopeful. It also shows athletes from different sports taking to their knee during the American anthem in protest to police brutality and racial injustice. Both scenes address important events of 2020, leaving viewers with an extremely strong sense of empathy (7.9).


The execution is quite impressive and uses a seamless stream of images from over 4000 hours of footage. However, with a long format ad and lots of cuts, one negative of the ad is that some people are a bit confused by the number of images and how it all fits together (Simplicity rating of 5.3).


Overall, this ad is quite amazing and shows how Nike can Just Do It. They are one of the world's best advertisers as they are able to cleverly pick up on community sentiment and reflect this back to the community with such an emotive tone. This ad is extremely effective, and Nike is reaping the benefits across the globe.


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