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 13, 2014, 1:42 pm

The New Power of Millennial Hispanics

Originally posted on CNBC.com.

Politicians and pundits have long been talking about the new non-white majority in the United States, and especially about the growing numbers and clout of Hispanic-Americans. As of the 2011 census, around 52 million Americans called themselves Hispanic, about 17 percent of the population—but their influence is … [continue reading... ]

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... ]

June 19, 2014, 12:40 pm

Eyes Wide Open on the Next America

Originally posted on PRWeek.com.

If you want to understand the real action shaping what’s next in our dynamic nation, forget New York City. Sure, it’s still the economic and cultural powerhouse it has been for centuries, but it’s essentially a separate nation dancing to its own tune and watching its moves … [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... ]

May 27, 2014, 11:46 am

The Branding of Clean Food

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

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... ]

May 22, 2014, 11:21 am

How Brands Can Translate Support for the Troops This Memorial Day

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

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... ]

March 9, 2014, 6:26 pm

The Man Brand

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 10 years since The New York Times’ Sunday Styles section ran its era-defining feature on the “coming out” of the metrosexual. In early 2004, the American Dialect Society named metrosexual its word of the year for 2003, but now the term is hardly noteworthy: … [continue reading... ]

February 3, 2014, 1:32 pm

The Super Bowl Ads That Should Have Run

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

I suspect 2014 will be one of the last years that Super Bowl commercials have the cultural power they do. As our consumption patterns move away from must-see TV and all-uniting cultural events toward streaming, digital, on-demand entertainment, there’s not much left that everyone is going to … [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... ]