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.

June 2, 2014, 9:01 am

Why Whole Professions Need to Be Rebranded

Originally posted on

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... ]

May 29, 2014, 2:02 pm

Graduates: Live Your Life, Not What Your Parents Want for You

Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.

Working on the Apple account in 1997, I had become one of the youngest globalists in the advertising business. My agency then, TBWA Worldwide, was hired to reclaim the company’s passion and dream, and my job was to watch, listen and, of course, “think different.” It … [continue reading... ]

May 6, 2013, 2:49 pm

Five Steps to a New Brand

Originally posted on the blog of Havas PR North America.

Brand strategist Karen Kang puts the importance of personal reinvention bluntly: “Consider yourself a free agent—no one else is looking out for your best interests but yourself. You need to be crystal clear about who you are and the value you bring to … [continue reading... ]

April 11, 2013, 10:54 pm

What CEOs Can Learn from Social Media About Building Their Brands

Originally posted on the blog of Havas PR North America.

Now that social media is clearly a permanent disruption (i.e., here to stay, and making organizations and individuals reinvent themselves if they don’t want to get left behind), it’s worth paying attention to the various ways its precepts can inform professional development, … [continue reading... ]

March 18, 2013, 10:55 pm

Branding the Pope

Originally posted on

I’m writing this just after the conclave of cardinals announced the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who last month became the first modern-day pontiff to abdicate the throne. They charted some new ground, choosing 76-year-old Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first non-European to fill the role … [continue reading... ]

December 12, 2012, 12:01 pm

Get Savvy About What’s Next

Originally published on the blog of the Council of Public Relations Firms.

Great trendspotting creates great consumer marketing campaigns, terrific innovative new products and savvy newscrafting. I know: The most famous brands in the world have hired me over and over for my trendspotting methodology, ensuring that their multimillion-dollar (sometimes billion-dollar) … [continue reading... ]

November 1, 2012, 9:01 am

When Brands Need a Reboot (Think Lance)

Originally posted on

It used to be that if you were famous and you screwed up, the path to redemption was clear: Hire an old-school, big-name publicist to keep yourself out of the news for a while, then orchestrate a high-profile comeback (think a self-deprecating turn on “Saturday Night Live”) to … [continue reading... ]

September 25, 2012, 12:42 pm

Our Fountain of Youth

Originally posted on @havaspr’s flagship blog.

This is the second in a series of posts about the rebirth of our agency as Havas PR North America.

If you were to travel back in time a few decades and take a tour of businesses (which would probably be a waste of your time machine, but bear with … [continue reading... ]

September 24, 2012, 7:00 am

Havas PR: Albert Einstein Plus Steve Jobs

Originally posted on @havaspr’s flagship blog.

This is the first in a series of posts about the rebirth of our agency as Havas PR North America.

To get those first-day-of-school butterflies as an adult? To reinvent ourselves, pump some fresh air into our lives, show the world a new side that nobody knew we had? Real changes … [continue reading... ]

November 1, 2011, 11:22 am

Rumors Gone Wild

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

Behold the velocity of change, where technology has enabled a Mach 11 approach to spreading and receiving information. And as an outcome of all this now-or-now business, the rumor mill is not only buzzing but also shouting down the lane. It’s not at all unlike the virus portrayed in the … [continue reading... ]