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 27, 2014, 11:46 am

The Branding of Clean Food

Originally posted on

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that “clean” meant no grime on your counters or no dirt under your nails. Or perhaps no traces of drugs in your blood test or profanity on your PMRC-approved rock album.

Now the word we most commonly hear associated with “clean” is … [continue reading... ]

October 3, 2012, 8:57 am

Turning “Across the World” into “Down the Street”

Originally posted on @havaspr’s flagship blog.

It wasn’t that long ago that distance actually meant something. We all thought of countries across the ocean as exotic places where anything was possible. Sure, we heard stories about other cultures from TV, newspapers and National Geographic, but for all we knew everyone on the other side of the … [continue reading... ]

July 2, 2012, 12:39 pm

Should You Stay or Should You Go? (Go Now)

Originally posted on @erwwpr’s flagship blog.

With many of us still shaken to the core from an unsteady economy, the thought of a staycation holds some appeal as our thoughts turn to how we’ll spend any days off surrounding the Fourth of July. Staying close to home is the de facto choice for those of us … [continue reading... ]

January 7, 2012, 10:10 pm

What Transparency Means in Local Markets

Originally published on the blog of the Fairfield County Public Relations Association.

From Exxon to BP to Madoff, from Anthony Weiner to Herman Cain to Kim Kardashian—and, of course, the Penn State nightmare—we are in a totalitarian transparent state of being (meaning zero tolerance for not being transparent).

In this most social of social ages online and … [continue reading... ]

June 7, 2011, 8:31 pm

Corporations: Pillars of the Community?

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

There’s a real paradox today in the meaning of the word community. On one hand, we’re building our communities online and forming tribes with like-minded, digital folks who share our likes and dislikes, our restaurant recommendations and, in the case of places like Egypt, our desire for democracy.

But there’s another … [continue reading... ]

May 9, 2011, 9:31 am

The Problem with Local

Originally published on

As someone who has made a career of tracking trends, I have not let this whole notion of local gone loco escape my sights. I’ve talked for a while about global going local, due in large part not only to our newfound connectivity on all things social media, but also to our … [continue reading... ]

May 5, 2011, 10:37 am

The Importance of Patch and the Rise of Hyperlocal Media

Originally posted on

We already know the world has gone hyperlocal—from rooftop gardens to online deals for everything from facials near your home to ceviche dinners close to your office on LivingSocial, Groupon and Dealtificate. The media industry is no exception, and right now I’m watching the model as a symbolic nod to where … [continue reading... ]

October 22, 2010, 9:02 pm

Voting Local Is the New Global

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

As a marketing and PR professional, I’m a strong advocate of the phrase “Local is the new global.” (I am not, however, a huge fan of the jargon-y term for that idea—”glocal”—even though I used to toss it around promiscuously in the late 1990s.) If you meet me at … [continue reading... ]

May 20, 2010, 8:18 pm

Power from the People

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Look at the American political landscape today and you might begin to get the sinking feeling that the red state/blue state dichotomy is, on the one hand, just a bit of political show and, on the other, a pitiable piece of naiveté. We have to admit that if we want … [continue reading... ]

February 15, 2010, 11:38 am

Rising Interest Rates

Originally posted on

Forget about the Hiltons (Paris and Perez, that is). Americans don’t have time anymore. They’re too busy looking closely and critically at public issues that affect them. A new study from Euro RSCG Worldwide reveals that people are losing interest in celebrities and paying more attention to serious matters such as the … [continue reading... ]