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.

January 13, 2014, 9:28 am

Here’s Looking at You/Me/We in 2014

Originally posted on

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... ]

March 11, 2013, 12:27 pm

Why the Brands of Some of Today’s Weather and Traffic Personalities Are No Accident

Originally posted on

It used to be that the people who presented weather and traffic segments on the news were as dry as the topics they covered. They didn’t have the fatherly gravitas of the anchorman, the dashing charisma of the foreign correspondents, or the warmth and relatability of the lifestyle … [continue reading... ]

October 24, 2012, 9:01 am

Next Year’s News

Originally posted on

This is the first in a series of three posts that will discuss what I see as a PR émigré managing in a world where evolution meets revolution.

You’ve heard it said that the future is now. That’s much closer to the truth than it was even a half-decade … [continue reading... ]

October 22, 2012, 12:02 pm

Small Is Big: SmugMug, King of Shaves and More

[Originally posted on]

The words “business” and “business leader” often conjure up Dow Jones–size companies and the big names who lead them. We’re almost as fascinated by stars of big business as by stars of the big screen. And why not? A recent Forbes article pleading “Bring Back the Celebrity CEO” … [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... ]

July 14, 2011, 9:43 pm

On Thumbs-upmanship

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

I recently spotted a stat on Ad Age about how today’s millennials (68 percent of them) ask friends for their opinion before they try a restaurant.

I’ve done a lot of research on the Y set and know they are very codependent (why do anything solo except perhaps an … [continue reading... ]

July 6, 2011, 9:42 am

Time to Get Real (Time)

Originally posted on the Holmes Report.

The word disclosure is all the rage these days, but did you know that back in 2000, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued some guidelines on online advertising called “Dot Com Disclosures”—and hasn’t updated them since? That’s a lifetime, or two, ago in Internet time.

Think about it: Can you … [continue reading... ]

December 13, 2010, 5:00 pm

Tapping Minitrends

This is the 11th in a series of 12 posts expounding on the 2011 forecasts in the annual trends report from Salzman, president of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR and an internationally respected trendspotter.

How does a trend get legs? Some trends start small and grow elephantine as if by force of nature, like the rise … [continue reading... ]

December 1, 2010, 5:00 pm

Net Gain

This is the third in a series of 12 posts expounding on the 2011 forecasts in the annual trends report from Salzman, president of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR and an internationally respected trendspotter.

There’s a loss-of-faith crisis, and it’s as movement-ready as the one that led Jerry Rubin to pen the Yippie manifesto in 1968. That … [continue reading... ]