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.

May 22, 2014, 11:21 am

How Brands Can Translate Support for the Troops This Memorial Day

Originally posted on

After a long, hard winter, we’re all especially looking forward to Memorial Day this weekend. Let’s face it: For many people today, Memorial Day is a holiday because it’s the official start of summer. It is its own reason to celebrate, and lots of Americans do, even without … [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... ]

October 25, 2013, 9:01 am

Why We Created a Startup with Two 22-Year-Olds

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

I’ve been working in trendspotting, advertising and PR for about as many years as my new business associates have been walking the earth, and I couldn’t be more excited about working with them.

As the CEO of Havas PR and a veteran of other big agencies, including JWT … [continue reading... ]

October 4, 2012, 10:16 pm

Bumper Sticker Branding

Originally posted on

We can talk all we want about Twitter followers and Klout scores, but in this age of “everything communicates,” some of the strongest personal branding is still low-tech and old-school (pun intended): college bumper stickers and sweatshirts.

Putting educational brands, from universities on down to grade schools (even—say it ain’t so—nursery schools), on … [continue reading... ]

July 3, 2012, 11:46 am

Hold the Phone

Originally posted on Stamford magazine’s website.

Last Saturday morning, you could say I had a bit of a wake-up call. We sat eating Nova on Fairway bagels with a few weekend guests, our banter made a bit fuzzier by the previous night’s homemade sangria, courtesy of my sister, and icy margaritas from … [continue reading... ]

June 13, 2012, 11:41 am

What’s Your Product?

Originally posted on @erwwpr’s flagship blog.

Many of you reading this have worked in marketing, advertising or PR and have made a lifelong career out of building brands and selling products in many categories. But have you ever taken the time to think of what you have to offer the world as a product? Maybe it’s … [continue reading... ]

May 17, 2012, 9:05 am

Five Things to Think About as Facebook Goes Public

Originally posted on

With the Facebook IPO looming and everybody watching, I’m wondering if the social network to end all social networks is going to live up to the hype. (Could anything live up to all this hype?)

With big advertisers not convinced that Facebook is a good platform to propel brands forward and privacy issues … [continue reading... ]

May 7, 2012, 12:44 pm

Fearing Fear Itself

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

In this election year, I’ve been on fear watch. Folks are fearful of everything from 2012 theories to GMOs to student loans taking over as the No. 1 source of pain for college grads everywhere. A few years ago, I talked at length about the cult … [continue reading... ]

May 2, 2012, 9:01 am

The Value of Creativity

Originally posted on @erwwpr’s flagship blog.

As a PR professional, I know how crucial creativity is to success in business today. As a socially networked person (is there anybody out there who isn’t?), I’ve watched as network friends draw something, write something or video something. As a trendspotter, I’ve read at length Richard Florida’s thoughts on … [continue reading... ]

September 9, 2011, 4:16 pm

Once in a Tech Time

Originally posted on the Holmes Report.

Remember that Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime”? It could be the anthem for marketers today struggling to figure out what to do in this techy, techy world. Is the ad biz having the equivalent of a midlife crisis as it searches for ways to reach, … [continue reading... ]