Marketing

The Future of the American Mood: Hispanic Millennials in Border States

The Future of the American Mood: Hispanic Millennials in Border States

[Originally posted on the Huffington Post.] The new U.S. centers of gravity are California and Texas. Yes, they’re the top two states by population, with just over 38 million people in California and more than 26 million in Texas. But mass does not equal gravity. And yes, they have Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Dallas and [...]


What Will Holidays in the Next America Look Like?

What Will Holidays in the Next America Look Like?

[Originally posted on Forbes.com.] As we pack up our picnic baskets and red, white and blue outfits from July 4th, I’ve been thinking about what holidays in the Next America will look like. Well-traveled Americans know what a blast holiday traditions can be in other countries, from Carnival in Brazil and Italy to the Day [...]


Gluten-Free: The Ultimate Clean Food Brand

Gluten-Free: The Ultimate Clean Food Brand

[Originally posted on Forbes.com.] I wrote a few weeks ago about the branding of clean food. It’s a multimillion-dollar trend, with all sorts of cookbook authors, lifestyle gurus and restaurateurs getting rich off our feeding frenzy to follow righteous diets. Thanks in large part to savvy marketing—as well as a fair amount of sound nutritional [...]


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

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 appeal, sassy [...]


Havas Conexiones Connects Hispanics and Brands

Today we formalize Havas Conexiones, our multicultural agency within an agency. With five Latinas at the helm (with Argentinean, Cuban, El Salvadoran, Mexican and Puerto Rican backgrounds) and our CEO as fairy godmother, we have best-in-class Hispanic/Latino marketing experience. We address Latinos in a culturally relevant way and connect them authentically with brands. Already very [...]


Brazil’s Winning Opportunity

And we’re not talking soccer. Havas PR recently joined forces with FilmBrazil and Brasil Design to showcase the country as a production hub for design and advertising projects. We developed targeted materials, then our team worked across the globe to reach out to journalists and invite them to a huge event at Pierre Cardin’s Palais [...]


Eyes Wide Open on the Next America

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 obsessively in the media [...]


Can We Brand with the Singing Nun?

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. [...]


The Power of Storytelling

This weekend we’re celebrating the inaugural Cannes Lions Health with the Havas Health team as it sponsors the festival’s Press Centre and presents the seminar “How the Story Is Changing: The Power of Narrative Medicine.” This event—which will discuss an area of healthcare that uses genuine contact with patients by physicians and nurses to lead [...]


Why Whole Professions Need to Be Rebranded

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 the ultimate keepers of [...]


The Branding of Clean Food

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 “food.” Everyone—and [...]


How Brands Can Translate Support for the Troops This Memorial Day

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 thinking about the [...]


Is Pot-Related Marketing the Next Big Gold Rush?

Is Pot-Related Marketing the Next Big Gold Rush?

[Originally posted on Forbes.com.] On the high holiday yesterday—4/20, that is—my friend and PR client Jason Hairston, the young entrepreneur behind the übersuccessful Nugget Spot in New York City, happily shared an article on Facebook. It was a Thrillist roundup of the city’s top 32 places to cure the holiday munchies. Turns out Hairston—whose deep-fried [...]


A Dozen Reasons Why Our Way of Thinking Works

In the span of one week, Havas PR North America and the Havas PR Global Collective got word of a dozen new industry honors: four finalist spots each from the Big Apple, PRWeek Global and SABRE competitions. Our expertise in media relations, cause, innovation and social media is clear when seeing our honored campaigns for [...]


Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

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. In 1987, we [...]


How Metrosexuality Has Made Over the Men of Connecticut

How Metrosexuality Has Made Over the Men of Connecticut

[Originally published by the Stamford Advocate.] Connecticut: birthplace of the metrosexual? Almost 11 years ago, when metrosexual was the hot new word on everyone’s lips—thanks largely to work my colleagues and I were doing at the ad agency that is now Havas; I’m CEO of Havas PR—it was a uniquely urban phenomenon. In time, it [...]


Relaunching The Sisterhood

Spring break hasn’t even arrived, but with our eyes ever on the future, Havas PR is thinking about the back-to-school season this fall. To get ready, we will soon relaunch The Sisterhood, our award-winning agency-within-an-agency that’s by, for and about teen girls. Based on our study and paper called “The Teenage Girl as Consumer and [...]


The Super Bowl Ads That Should Have Run

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 tune in to en [...]


What Will Branding Look Like In 2014?

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, those that marketers tell [...]


Truth and Lies of Social Media ROI

Truth and Lies of Social Media ROI

[Originally posted on the Huffington Post.] ROI (return on investment) is probably the most commonly used and most misunderstood word in social media marketing today. It seems to have emerged as the go-to buzzword that social media marketers throw at the finance department when they want to relate to them. But two problems exist: Given [...]


Snapchat: What It Can Do for Your Brand

Snapchat: What It Can Do for Your Brand

[Originally posted on the Huffington Post.] What started as a way to send funny, sexy or other silly quick pictures or videos to friends has turned into the next big thing for marketing teams. Snapchat, the multimedia messaging app where content can be viewed for up to 10 seconds before it is deleted, is prime [...]


Size Doesn’t Matter

There has been immense hoopla in the marketing communications business this weekend about the coming merger of two giants to make the world’s biggest whatever-it-will-be. And yet, says trendspotter Marian Salzman, CEO of @havaspr, small is the new big. Couple that with Rupert Murdoch’s sighting (he might still be under fire for the telephone ethics [...]


Introducing @havaspr’s Social Startup

At our new SocialProvidence venture, we don’t incubate ideas, we conceive them. Working as part of Venture for America, a program for future entrepreneurs modeled after Teach for America, SocialProvidence is what’s next in social. It’s not about just acquiring Facebook fans or gathering Twitter followers. Social is the manifestation of all things possible in [...]


Five Steps to a New Brand

Five Steps to a New Brand

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 a world where constant change is the only norm.” That’s the premise [...]