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.

August 10, 2014, 4:59 pm

Extreme Authenticity: You’d Better Know What the Symbols Mean

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Authentic has long been one of the biggest buzzwords in marketing and branding, so much so that we’re tempted to tune it out. Is one true-to-its-roots, heritage, homespun, honest, artisanal company really different from the next when they’re all telling the same brand story?

What’s true for companies … [continue reading... ]

August 4, 2014, 1:38 pm

Why Sarah Palin Needs A Branding Makeover (Unless Her PBI, Personal Branding Idea, Is Kook)

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

When Sarah Palin stormed onto the scene in 2008, there was no denying the power of her brand. Whether you loved her or hated her, whether you thought she was the future or rolled your eyes at her big-game hunting and comments like being able to see Russia from Alaska (or “see … [continue reading... ]

July 1, 2014, 10:33 am

Getting Warmer: San Antonio, San Diego, LA, Phoenix

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Everyone knows that the Southwest is warm this time of year, but today the region is hot. Its time has finally come. Millions of Hispanic-American families (whose ethnic/racial group makes up 17 percent of the U.S. population) are putting down roots there, and Latin millennials are putting the sex … [continue reading... ]

June 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Can We Brand with the Singing Nun?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

The Internet’s newest buzzy phenom is Suor (Sister) Cristina, a 25-year-old Italian woman known as the Singing Nun. She won the Italian version of “The Voice” by a landslide, capturing 62 percent of the votes, which The Guardian pointed out is better than Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi did when elected. … [continue reading... ]

June 2, 2014, 9:01 am

Why Whole Professions Need to Be Rebranded

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Some industries undertake big campaigns to reinstate pride in their job titles. Others seem to get redefined when the cool kids arrive or the main tasks in a job category become glorified—as with the whole audiovisual category. The nerds of the late 1970s have their revenge as … [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... ]

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... ]

September 9, 2013, 9:30 pm

How Can a Brand Grow Up? (See: Miley Cyrus)

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

The performance from Miley Cyrus at MTV’s Video Music Awards not only quickly lit up the social Web but also proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the former Disney star is all grown up. And then some. Fans were shocked to see Hannah Montana, America’s ultimate good … [continue reading... ]

August 21, 2013, 9:51 pm

The Duchess, Kim Kardashian, and the New Trends and Mores Around Birth

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

The summer of 2013 has been an especially fertile time for spotting currents and trends related to pregnancy, babies and birth. Two of the planet’s most strongly branded women, at diametrically opposed ends of the cultural spectrum—the reluctantly regal, much-admired commoner turned duchess Kate Middleton and the … [continue reading... ]