Being a Man: The Metrosexual Era a Decade On

The force behind metrosexual mania in 2003, Marian is now CEO of Havas PR North America, which produced this paper. Click here to read more about how she helped usher the word into pop culture and how what it means to be a man has evolved since then.

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Read Marian's award-winning four-part series from the Huffington Post about the brain (including creativity, collaboration, the information onslaught and the new definition of braininess) here.

April 22, 2014, 10:28 pm

Is Pot-Related Marketing The Next Big Gold Rush?

On the high holiday yesterday—4/20, that is—my friend and PR client Jason Hairston, the young entrepreneur behind the übersuccessful Nugget Spot in New York City, happily shared an article on Facebook. It was a Thrillist roundup of the city’s top 32 places to cure the holiday munchies.

Turns out Hairston—whose deep-fried nuggets of chicken, fish, pork, … [continue reading... ]

February 3, 2014, 1:32 pm

The Super Bowl Ads That Should Have Run

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

I suspect 2014 will be one of the last years that Super Bowl commercials have the cultural power they do. As our consumption patterns move away from must-see TV and all-uniting cultural events toward streaming, digital, on-demand entertainment, there’s not much left that everyone is going to … [continue reading... ]

August 14, 2013, 11:55 am

Mr. Bezos Goes to Washington

[Originally posted on Forbes.com.]

What would you do if you had a billion dollars? David Geffen invests in fine art. Larry Ellison races yachts. Sergey Brin develops synthetic meat. Richard Branson buys anything that qualifies as an absurd purchase. And Walt Disney is rumored to have underwritten his own cryogenic eternity. … [continue reading... ]

February 12, 2013, 9:01 am

Mayor of New York, a Helluva Brand

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Fiorello LaGuardia: The mayors of New York City have long been men with outsize personalities and strong personal brands. Not only have they had one of the most influential, highest-profile platforms in the nation, but they’ve also been strategic about positioning themselves and … [continue reading... ]

January 15, 2013, 9:01 am

Personal Branding Around Communities and Political Beliefs

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

I recently got a humorous pitch from a real estate agent in New Hampshire, where, he wrote in his email, “there is a theme-branding wave that is part capricious, part serious business.” At first his proposal made me giggle, but then I saw how it reflects the ways in … [continue reading... ]

December 28, 2012, 10:25 am

Rethinking Quality of Life

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

This is the eighth in a series of 14 posts expanding on Salzman’s forecasts for 2013 in her annual trends report, a program of global communications group Havas Worldwide. This year’s book, What’s Next? What to Expect in 2013, was published on 12/12/12 and is available at … [continue reading... ]

December 10, 2012, 12:16 am

An Affair to Forget: Today, Rebranding Becomes Him (Petraeus, Et Al)

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Years ago I wanted to write a book, Another Woman: From Cleopatra to Marla, but now that seems to take us only halfway through the evolution of the mistress.

After Marla Maples, who secretly dated Donald Trump for two years in the ’80s while he was still married to Ivana (before … [continue reading... ]

December 5, 2012, 11:45 am

Make Solutions, Not Problems

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

This is the second in a series of 14 posts expanding on Salzman’s forecasts for 2013 in her annual trends report, a program of global communications group Havas Worldwide. This year’s book, What’s Next? What to Expect in 2013, will be published on 12/12/12 and available at 120MBooks.com. Salzman is … [continue reading... ]

October 19, 2012, 11:12 am

Do People Make Places?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

In our ever more digitized and virtual world, the centers of power are shifting. It’s not about establishment capitals anymore but innovative up-and-comers, where a critical mass of creativity is bringing about rapid-fire change, along with a good quality of life and a sense of like-minded community.

Some … [continue reading... ]

October 17, 2012, 10:11 am

You Are the Company You Keep

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Personal branding is the name of the game these days, and in our age of radical transparency it is informed not just by how you present yourself but also by the people you associate with. Just as product- and service-based brands have to choose their celebrity ambassadors carefully, individuals looking to up … [continue reading... ]