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Having joined Octagon in 2007, Seymour-Hyde has been both a participant in and an active observer of the rapid evolution of the sports marketing industry over the last decade. No longer considered rudimentary, unscientific and behind-the-curve in marketing circles, sports sponsorship, Seymour-Hyde believes, is now the arena for some of the most interesting innovations in marketing.
Interviewed backstage at Leaders Week in London in October 2017, Seymour-Hyde pinpoints the ‘holy trinity of trends’ that are dominating contemporary sports marketing conversations, explains why he expects to see VR and AR integrated into activations more plentifully and more inventively in the near future, and tackles the question as to whether brands are brave enough to truly innovate head on.