Expert Insider: May Issue

Expert, Expert! Read all about it!

At Expert by Big Village, we’re the brokers, recruiters, and organizers, but you’re the expert — so what’s in it for you? Expert networks are in demand right now, and for good reason. For the proof, Expert Director Lindsey Lombardo explains why expert networks are the “hidden unicorn” empowering client research. Our parent organization, Big Village, is an innovative nexus of curious, client-facing minds — and our colleagues’ exciting client work will bring your knowledge exchange, consulting, and problem-solving to another plane.

Working hard in helping businesses learn more is one source of pride, but Expert’s personal care makes us stand out. Since many industry experts consult for several expert networks, and most businesses use multiple expert networks to gain industry insight, many networks “race” to get their clients as many experts as fast as possible. The result: A less thorough vetting process — and frustration among experts receiving requests outside your wheelhouse. Sound familiar?

Rest assured: Expert won’t waste your time. When projects arise, we carefully search our network to ensure we only send you requests that appear to fit your knowledge and experience. For more detail, read Senior Manager Zaq Baker’s recent blog post walking through the logic and authenticity of moderating in-depth expert interviews on the right scale. Expert’s formula works — and we’ve got the history to prove it.

So, how can you help Expert send you paid opportunities? The early bird gets the work. (Yep, you read that right.) When our team reaches out with an engagement, it’s usually because our client needs expert insight ASAP or even “yesterday.” Your rare insight could deepen or even save a research project — but we often need a quick response to connect you with the work. So, keep an eye on your inbox. When you respond and screen quickly, we get you connected and consulting with clients. And we get you paid.

Check out the March issue of Expert Insider for quick and useful guidance on helping Expert screen even more quickly — first and foremost, by keeping your bio up to date. The more thorough your expert profile, the more likely you’ll appear at the top of that heap. A comprehensive expert bio will also help clients find you directly via search engine optimization — often the main factor in whether you win the project.

Questions about updating your Expert profile? Want tips and tricks? Reach out to our star recruiter, Abby Peterson, at — or Zaq Baker, author of this newsletter and fellow recruiter, at, anytime. We’re here to help you.

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