Trendspotter Marian Salzman, President of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, Debuts Her 'Hot/Not' List for Teens and Top Teen Trends for 2011

The Agency's Teen Girl Initiative, The Sisterhood, Has Its Finger on the Pulse of What Teens Want

Dec 22, 2010, 10:02 ET from Euro RSCG Worldwide

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In early 2010, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, launched The Sisterhood. The award-winning initiative—by, for and about teen girls—is an offshoot of research the agency did on teens and their habits and wants as consumers and communicators. Agency President Marian Salzman has been working in teen marketing for two decades and uses the depth of all this expertise to decipher what's new and next for teens, a group she calls "cultural agents of change for the future."

Salzman is also known across industries for her annual analytical take on a dozen business and social trends that she believes will become prominent in the coming 12 months. This year, her report dug deep into 11 trends, from people doing more with their own hands to mycasting (the new broadcasting, in which individuals curate their own interactive content; teens especially use this to announce their worldviews).

This year, she also forecasts five teen trends. The recent past has been about "going green," but Salzman predicts a movement of "going teen." Here are highlights of the trends (to see the forecasts in full, go to :

  • The Young, at Heart. Reaching the elusive and ever-changing youth market can still be a challenge, but companies across the globe are trying to solve the puzzle.
  • Young Again. Youthful consumers wield great power (as evidenced by the multitudes of brand campaigns targeting them), but they should be urged to exercise that power responsibly.
  • High on Wi-Fi. Across the globe, millennials need Wi-Fi—as this always-connected generation grows ever more mobile.
  • The Bully Pulpit. Cyberbullying is a growing problem around the world—and despite more attention to the issue, it will get worse before it gets better.
  • Learning Without Borders. In the never-ending battle to improve education and prepare today's youth to compete in a challenging global economy, online learning is getting more attention—from educators and wealthy donors alike.

"We're seeing a growing concern among teens with the state of the world, which will manifest itself in diverse ways: carpooling, searching for coupons, donating hand-me-downs and trying to improve the planet with their purchases," said Salzman. "This group has grown up connected and social, and that is evident whenever we look at how they insert themselves into the worlds of commerce and consciousness."

And for the first time as head of ERWW PR, Salzman has created a "Hot/Not" list for teen culture, naming her "Hot 30" people, places and things for 2011. "Teenage girls are great creators of fads and trends. They are the ultimate trend spreaders," Salzman said. "Marketers—and businesspeople in general—who can understand what they like will be able to open up opportunities for innovating and transforming brands and businesses."



  • Big watches
  • Over-the-shoulder bags
  • Long necklaces
  • Hoop earrings
  • Bangles
  • Midwaist belts
  • Sheer tops with a bandeau
  • Colored pumps
  • One-shoulder dresses
  • Combat and knee-high boots
  • Jeggings
  • Oversize sweaters
  • Lacy tops
  • Leg warmers (think Flashdance)
  • High-waisted skirts
  • Oversize collared shirts
  • TOMS shoes (a company that does good)


  • Fishtail braids
  • Moroccan oil
  • Middle parts
  • Tight/sleek ponytails
  • Finger waves
  • Messy buns
  • Silky long hair
  • Shimmery bronzer
  • Gray and navy nail polish
  • Smoky eye makeup

General Culture

  • Coupon hunting (thanks, Groupon!)
  • Giving hand-me-downs and donations
  • Balance

Teens are all about what's hot, but here are a dozen people and things that for them are not for 2011: Wii, Shape-up shoes, the Gap, colored leggings, clothes with fringe, Formspring, crimped hair, Lindsay Lohan, the Jonas Brothers, fur, button phones (they've got to be smart), Silly Bandz and spreading themselves thin.

To date, The Sisterhood has been named a finalist for the PRWeek Awards PR Innovation of the Year (winners will be announced in March) and won bronze in Euro RSCG Worldwide's global (and inaugural) Creative Pitch Ideas awards; its blog, at, was a finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Salzman has collaborated with teens in multiple forums and formats, including: co-founding a viewer feedback system for an in-school TV network; organizing focus groups and teen summits for youth-oriented brands; co-authoring one of the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age" lists; and serving as creative consultant on a campaign that won Adweek's top youth marketing distinction. Since the early 2000s she has been working to provide Euro RSCG Worldwide with access to global youth. In 2010, she gave the keynote address for AdweekMedia's "What Teens Want" marketing conference, at which she declared that teenagers have become teenagents.

To download Salzman's "11 Trends for 2011" report, which also includes two dozen short takes called "Future Bytes"—and her report for 2010, which features a look back at her forecasts from five, 10 and 15 years ago—go to

About Euro RSCG Worldwide PR

Euro RSCG Worldwide PR is the public relations arm of Euro RSCG Worldwide, a leading integrated marketing communications agency with 233 offices in 75 countries. Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Chicago and Pittsburgh. It is part of Adweek's first-ever Healthcare Agency of the Year (2010) and Medical Marketing & Media's 2010 All-Star Network of the Year. The agency provides communications services, social brand momentum and thought leadership, among other services, in core areas ranging from CSR and health care to content creation and social media. Clients include Bayer Corp., Purina, sanofi-aventis, Toyota Motorsports and Transitions Optical. Euro RSCG Worldwide is the largest unit of Havas, a world leader in communications (Euronext: HAV.PA) (Paris: HAV.PA).


Lisa Gruber

Euro RSCG Worldwide


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