In an era of transparency, you can have innovation without branding, but you cannot have branding without innovation.

— Martin Sorrell

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I interviewed Kim Kardashian recently and had a conversation with her mother.

A lot of people have various thoughts about Kim Kardashian, her mother and her sisters, but it is an incredibly well thought through concept and branding. Each of the daughters appeals to a different segment of the market.

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You have to see it on a broader level. But you also have to activate it properly.

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In the old days, you could segment happily.

You could put out one message to one segment of the audience, and one to another. That has now gone. You say something to one community and instantly, literally at a click, it's available to everybody. What it means is that if you're trying to craft a message, it's very difficult.

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Technology will have moved on to an unimaginable level in ten years.

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There is much romanticism about Formula One of the past.

Today it has to be more of a family sport, not less. It is a fixture in the Sunday afternoon TV programmes, and probably flamboyance - those white silk suits and devil-may-care attitudes - would be outworn attributes today.

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You must not only focus on the consumer, but also on what it does to you internally - getting people aligned to the strategic mission of the company - what it does to the suppliers, governments, all your stakeholders.

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In the 19th century China dominated the manufacture of porcelain.

Then European factories discovered a cheaper method of making pottery of equal quality, demolishing the Chinese industry the exact reverse of what is happening now. World economics have turned full circle.

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Formula One gives a platform to companies like Rolex - and that's just in media space, watching television or reading newspapers, digital or physical. You see the brand in the context of the competition and bring it to the attention of everybody on a regular basis.

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If you run a country and want to put it on the global map you don't have so many choices. You can get the Olympics, the World Cup or a Formula One race. And the first two are only every four years - and you have them only once.

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That is again a romantic notion: the hero.

I think people enjoy a much more levelled playing field where you have the ability for many people to become heroes.

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In that - and that is my personal view - Singapore delivers the most value, as they think about Formula One as a complete entertainment event, on and off track.

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I believe that Virtual Reality will hit it big time.

I know that some of my colleagues disagree, but I believe in it.

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About Martin Sorrell

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If you look at the sponsorship yields, Formula One - because it happens every year - generates more sponsorship money for a four-year cycle than anybody else. So it is very powerful.

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I was carrying Jackie Stewart's bag! Formula One was pretty much the same back then.

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One of the reasons why they are optimistic is that there is more competition.

Red Bull has become more competitive, the races have become more attractive - and that is what fans want!

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If you pay 50 million for something, you probably pay another 50 to 100 million to activate it. And the more you spend, the better you do. There is no point in just buying rights.

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I'm in a business where there's complete anarchy.

You can't control it - you can only react to it. The control that people traditionally had over their message is gone. Look at Wikileaks: you have to approach everything you write on the basis it's going to be on the front page of the newspaper.

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If you are a driver of a team and have a certain set of sponsors, who is the target market for those sponsors? But, of course, it is also a question of nationality.

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Formula One is not just multinationals.

It's also about national players wanting to get global coverage.

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In fact, if you were interested in a global platform there are only three sporting events: probably the most powerful - or equally powerful [to F1] - are the World Cup and the Olympics, and then Formula One. And there it gets interesting.

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When you have two people challenge for the same job and you keep them both and call them co-CEOs, or the whole fiasco of a 'merger of equals'... there is no such a thing. So if there should be dreams of dual leadership, the chances of success are limited. But Bernie [Ecclestone] is still at the top of his game I have noticed.

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You could think about Vietnam and at some point in time about Nigeria.

And then you head to South America: Argentina, Columbia, Peru. Probably not all of them will have an F1 race, but they are definitely considering events.

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The technology is already incredible and will improve massively in the next few years. Think about what you could do.

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The last person in the UK who described his product as being crap in public was one Gerald Ratner - and he was gone immediately.

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It doesn't make much sense and it's nil premium.

They're going to have co-CEOs...which is a very uncomfortable structure.

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That might be the old model: to get a fixed fee.

You have to start to think about other models and how they can generate interest - what it can do for a brand in the future - and about the fact that revenue can also be generated in many other ways... Just look at the one and a half million people at the free Rolling Stones concert in Cuba. And Cuba is not Central Park! So just use your imagination as to what kind of revenue can be made.

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[Formula One racing looking after Jackie Stewart in 1968] was not so intense and, yes, it was much more dangerous - what was definitely different back then was the level of safety.

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What you want to see [in Formula One] is a highly competitive sport - and the more equal it is the more exciting it is... the more volatile in the sense of results. If you have just one winner continuously it dulls the enthusiasm.

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Virtual Reality for Formula One could be fantastic - driving the car!

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I recently interviewed Bernie Ecclestone in London.

He had a go at women, said [Vladimir] Putin should be running Europe and so on. He enjoys it - he's been doing it for such a long time. He has an entrenched position. The truth be known, he is unique, right?

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If you look at the rights situation - what media companies pay - then you see that the rights prices continue to rise for powerful sports. Now what does that tell you? It tells you that the demand amongst global and local sponsors for these kinds of sports is immense, even if there is controversy attached to them like FIFA - who would definitely be number one on that list, though F1 has also been somewhat controversial.

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Formula One does very well. It is a very interesting asset. Could it be run in a different way? Sure it could be. Could it be improved? I'm sure it could. But all I can say is, it seems to do pretty well.

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The arguments of waste are heavily overdone, because what you do is to accelerate the infrastructure that you have to build anyway, like airports and roads, and in this case it happens much faster. So speaking of a roadmap, without being specific, I would still go for Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East - that's what our clients are really interested in.

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The challenges some European economies have are such that it makes it very difficult for them. You have to go where the growth is.

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F1 is a fight for people's time. There are millions of options today for how to spend it. That is probably the biggest difference from 1968 to now.

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[Formula One racing] will be very different - as the technology will be very different and that will make fans consume it in a completely different way. I said before that I believe that Virtual Reality will hit it big time.

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We do things much the same way as we did 50, 60 or even 70 years ago.

The answers may not be wrong, but we haven't experimented to see whether they are or not.

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Marketing is an investment, not a cost.

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The web attacks traditional ways of doing things and elites, and this is very uncomfortable for traditional businesses to deal with.

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Think through whom you are trying to reach.

Tailor what you do and how you do it to appeal to those communities.

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Just take the lack of presence of F1 in the United States.

In theory - and logically - you would have an East Coast Grand Prix, a West Coast Grand Prix, and I think you should have a street race in Detroit - it is still the motor capital of the US. You stay in the US for four weeks and could have two to three races, certainly two.

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What still amuses me a bit is that in F1 people see the race basically on TV screens. But I am sure new tracks will be built.

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Somebody who is unique - and this will get me into trouble - by definition cannot be replaced.

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Vodafone is building a digital stadium in Istanbul.

It is really worth going to see that. The whole experience will change with the possibilities viewers will have.

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Donald Trumps' senior advisor said on CNN that the US Presidential election was the ultimate reality TV show! Appeal to those you want to reach!

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Despite streaming, despite the rise of tablets and smartphones - all the implications which in theory would make linear TV less important - live sporting events are extremely powerful. But it's not the event alone - it's also what's surrounding it.

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Bernie [Ecclestone] has not been shy to say one or two controversial things.

The last person in the UK who described his product as being crap in public was one Gerald Ratner - and he was gone immediately. But not Bernie! What it tells you is that the demand for live sporting rights, the demand for global or regional events, is so powerful that you brush aside some things because there aren't so many of these events.

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In our business, except in media buying, there are few economies of scale.

Client perception of creative agencies is that the bigger they are, the worse they are.

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If you ask what keeps me up at night, it's the pressure in the system forcing us to do all sorts of things. Content, data and technology are forcing us to think about business in a very different way.

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