How Salt Lake City and Utah Became the New Gold Standard
By Marian Salzman, March 19, 2015
Move over, Austin. Havas PR CEO and noted trendspotter Marian Salzman writes on Forbes.com that the cool location of the moment is now … Utah. “A rash of new studies and rankings is proving that the Beehive State, and especially Salt Lake City, is increasingly the place to be,” she writes. The state is tops in both economic performance and job growth, and its cities consistently rank highly in quality-of-life measures. And why is Utah doing so well? For one thing, Salzman says, it has been investing wisely in education at all levels, which “pays off in spades.”
Taylor Swift Fills a Blank Space in Branding with Trademarked Lyrics
By Marian Salzman, March 3, 2015
“If any musician can get away with trademarking her lyrics,” Havas PR CEO Marian Salzman begins in her latest Forbes.com column, “it’s Taylor Swift.” The savvy young singer’s groundbreaking trademark action, if successful, would protect phrases like “Nice to meet you, where you been?” and “This sick beat,” forging new territory for lyricists. But Salzman, an expert in personal branding, argues that it does much more than that: Swift is also taking her already megasuccessful brand—as the bravest young voice in pop music—to unprecedented heights.