Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality.
His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment.
Along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett, Marc currently contributes to more than 50 prominent publications: USA Today, USA Today.com, USA Weekend, Yahoo! (U.S. and Canada), CNN.com, AARP – The Magazine, The Costco Connection (U.S. and Canada), MSN, The Loop (formerly Sympatico), Toronto Star, Postmedia, Connected (Rogers Publishing), Telus Talks Business, Click! (Future Shop), Common Sense Media, Your Security Resource, Movie Entertainment, Chill, Homefront, Marketnews, and others.
Gannett is the USA’s largest newspaper group, with 84 daily newspapers including USA Today, 130 websites (reaching nearly 24 million unique visitors a month) and nearly 850 non-daily publications.
USA Weekend is in more than 700 newspapers with a circulation of 22.6 million (and an estimated 48 million readers).
Marc contributes to numerous blogs, including USA Today’s Technology Live!, Yahoo!’s Digital Crave and The Loop (formerly Sympatico’s Sync blog).
Marc Saltzman was one of the first journalists in the world to break open the MP3 phenomenon in late 1997 on CNN.com. He correctly predicted this controversial audio file format would revolutionize the recording industry.
In June 2006, Marc Saltzman was invited to join celebrities such as Donald Trump, Al Gore and Stephen Hawking to answer a question for the “Ask The Planet” promotion sponsored by Yahoo! Answers. Marc was tapped as a leading consumer technology expert.
His 15 books with Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill/Osborne are: Internet Games Directory (1996), Gamer’s Web Directory: Sites, Cheats and Secrets (1997), Quake II Strategy Master (1998), Game Design: Secrets of the Sages (1999), Game Design: Secrets of the Sages, Second Edition (2000), Game Design: Secrets of the Sages, Third Edition (2001), Marc Saltzman’s 250 Best Palm Games (2001, on CD), Marc Saltzman’s Top 300 Games for the PocketPC (2002, on CD), Game Design: Secrets of the Sages, Fourth Edition (2002), DVD Confidential: Hundreds of Hidden Easter Eggs Revealed (2002), Game Creation and Careers: Insider Secrets from Industry Experts (2003), DVD Confidential 2: The Sequel (2003), The X-Play Insider’s Guide to Gaming (2004), the White Collar Slacker’s Handbook: Tech Tricks to Fool Your Boss (2005) and Siri For Dummies (Wiley; March 2012 and updated for spring 2013).
Marc has also written video game manuals for Quake II and Sin, writing fiction for the games, as well as contributing names for many of the weapons and creatures.
Marc writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains. Running about five minutes before the feature film begins, this 1-minute clip airs daily on more than 1,650 theater screens, 6 times a day per screen, resulting in approximately 6.5 to 7 million “captive” impressions per month.
Marc also writes for Cineplex’s digital signage arm, with “Gear Guide”-branded content displayed across Canada on screens in office towers, shopping malls and other public locations.
In May of 2001, Marc became a frequent technology expert at CNN, the Cable News Network. Over the years, Marc has discussed a wide variety of tech trends, news and reviews live on-camera.
Marc is also a frequent guest on CTV’s Canada AM morning show and CP24 in Canada.
Marc has also made appearances on NBC’s “Today Show,” “CBS Early Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight” and QVC’s Saturday Q.”
Marc also writes and hosts two “Tech Talk” radio shows. “Tech Talk with Marc Saltzman,” is a nationally syndicated radio vignette (60-second interstitial) that airs daily Monday to Friday, on 30+ AM and FM radio stations across Canada, the U.S., the U.S. Armed Forces Network and on XM Satellite Radio’s NHL Centre Ice channel (roughly 2 million listeners daily). Marc also hosts a 1-hour “Tech Talk” radio show on CJAD in Montreal (Astral) on Sundays from 5pm to 6pm Eastern.
Marc has also been interviewed on NPR, CNN Radio and Martha Stewart Radio.
With nearly 30 speaking engagements in 2013 alone, Marc Saltzman is one of the busier technology experts on the circuit.
Speaking across North America on a wide variety of topics, Marc Saltzman enjoys talking to groups big or small, consumer- or business-oriented, and ranging from kids to seniors.
Some of Marc’s recent speaking topics include: the latest technology trends (for consumers and businesses); future technologies worth getting excited about (flying cars, space tourism, domestic robots, etc.); the app revolution; embracing social media; tablets and smartphones 101 (including a discussion on the pros and cons of various platforms); how to break through to mainstream journalists (PR do’s and don’ts); women in technology; “child-proofing” the digital world (video games, social media, netiquette, bullying and sexting); retail strategies in the digital age (including how to combat “showrooming”); online shopping safety tips; tech tools for students and educators; getting the most out of digital music, and more.
Along with delivering keynotes, Marc also enjoys moderating panels, delivering seminars and hosting lunch n’ learns for smaller crowds.
Finally, Marc sits on the board of Kids, Cops and Computers (kidscopscomputers.org), a Toronto-based charity that provides Internet-connected computers and accessories to students in financially-challenged neighborhoods – along with an “e-buddy” (police officer) to correspond with.
Marc is one of the Game Critics Awards judges for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a moderator on panels at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and a former judge for the annual Spike TV Video Game Awards and Codie Awards
“Marc Saltzman is Canada’s top consumer technology journalist, and within the top three on the continent in my opinion. Marc has participated in my workshops, at both the graduate student level as well as at high-end public relations industry conference. In all circumstances, he has proved knowledgeable, engaging, interesting, and handles difficult Q&A’s with aplomb.”
Mark LaVigne, APR
“Marc Saltzman was the highlight of our conference this year. He prepared a presentation that catered to our specific audience. He is well spoken and had our attendees riveted in their seats. I look forward to booking Marc for future presentations.”
Founder & Co-Chair of the Landscape Designer Conference
“Marc’s ability to speak about complex technology (and technological issues) in plain and engaging terms made his recent visit to our school a valuable and informative one for 10-year old students and 50-year old teachers, alike. His discussion of “Safe Facebooking” and his demonstration of new technologies were equally well received by everyone at the school. He was mobbed by the next generation of technology journalists at the end of his talk.”
Principal, Leo Baeck Day School