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... ]

March 27, 2014, 9:01 am

Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Just look at how Hollywood’s depictions of finance guys have evolved. In 1946, in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the softhearted banker wins out. … [continue reading... ]

March 15, 2014, 10:30 pm

How Metrosexuality Has Made Over the Men of Connecticut

[Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.]

Connecticut: birthplace of the metrosexual?

Almost 11 years ago, when metrosexual was the hot new word on everyone’s lips—thanks largely to work my colleagues and I were doing at the ad agency that is now Havas; I’m CEO of Havas PR—it was a uniquely urban phenomenon. In time, it came to … [continue reading... ]

March 9, 2014, 6:26 pm

The Man Brand

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 10 years since The New York Times’ Sunday Styles section ran its era-defining feature on the “coming out” of the metrosexual. In early 2004, the American Dialect Society named metrosexual its word of the year for 2003, but now the term is hardly noteworthy: … [continue reading... ]

February 26, 2014, 11:02 am

A (Mostly) Optimistic Outlook for PR

Originally published by O’Dwyer’s.

When O’Dwyer’s asked me to write up my thoughts on the state of public relations trends and the challenges of managing a PR agency in 2014, my first response was, well, ambivalence. Why? In short, my outlook is both bleak and upbeat.

If I had a nickel for every … [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... ]

January 13, 2014, 9:28 am

Here’s Looking at You/Me/We in 2014

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

What strikes you most about movies and TV shows from just a few years back? For me: the phones. Until about five years ago, most people had flip phones (mine was a T-Mobile special, very age-inappropriate, but it worked) and used them only occasionally, just for just talking … [continue reading... ]

January 9, 2014, 12:12 pm

Trends to Expect in 2014 … and Beyond

Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.

Age is more than the proverbial number today, and for trends we’ll see in the new year, it’s a thread in the narratives of many that I’m forecasting. From retirement age now being midcareer to our workplaces looking more and more like millennials, Americans are challenging and redefining age markers.

Education, … [continue reading... ]

January 8, 2014, 1:31 pm

Forget Orchid; Green Is My Color for an Entrepreneurial 2014

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

Some days I have blue eyes; other days they are green. On New Year’s Eve they were green … with envy and with thoughts of how to finally hit the jackpot. As my partner, Jim, and I sat at NoLa in SoNo eating a NoLa-inspired meal … [continue reading... ]

December 30, 2013, 8:52 am

What Will Branding Look Like In 2014?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Among the trends that will reshape the U.S. and the world in 2014 and beyond—including guilt money, secession, hacking, even gut bacteria—one thread tying them all together is their strong implication for branding. Whether it’s personal, product, company or country branding, it all comes down to stories, … [continue reading... ]