14 Nov 2023

How to Compare and Choose the Right Expert Network for Your Business

Max FribergCEO at Inex One
Tools and best practices

Expert networks let you access the expertise of people worldwide. Expert networks are - in many cases - the fastest path to deep market insights. But not all expert networks are created alike. Choosing the right expert network can be difficult - but worth your time. The difference in quality of service, cost, and commitment can vary greatly.

How do I know which expert network to choose?

The right expert network for you depends on your needs, size, and budget. Expert networks have different pricing tiers and service levels for different clients.

Market research, simplified

With Inex One, you access >30 top expert networks and survey providers in one platform. Why choose one, when you can have them all?

You don't have to pay large upfront fees or place all your eggs with one expert network. With Inex One, you get the best providers, under one master contract, pay-per-use.

When you use Inex One, you get matched with the expert networks that are best suited for your projects. These expert networks can deliver relevant experts to you fastest and at the lowest cost. Here's how our algorithms arrive at selecting the best networks per project:

How to compare expert networks

  • Specialization – Does the expert network have internal expertise that can give them in-depth understanding of your request? A specialized network can be a proactive thought-partner, instead of a reactive order-taker.

  • Geographic footprint – Does the expert network have a footprint in your target markets, with knowledge of the local languages and customs? This will help them to source relevant experts more effectively.

  • Price and pricing model – Are you required to pay annually up-front, or can you pay-per-use? What is the price per credit, and for related services like transcripts and surveys? (All expert networks on Inex One are pay-per-use).

  • Compliance infrastructure – Does the firm display a commitment to compliance and high professional standards? Can you access their compliance contracts, policies and practices, and do they seem reasonable? Do they help you comply with leading privacy laws (e.g. the GDPR and CCPA) when handling your data and that of the experts? (All expert networks on Inex One are vetted for compliance).

  • Data infrastructure – Is the platform on which expert calls are managed secure and robust? Can you access documentation on its structure, and policies around e.g. data access restrictions, and breach contingency plans? (Coordinating expert networks on Inex One is far more secure and robust than traditional expert network emailing).

Inex One gives you access to multiple specialized expert networks in one dashboard, under one single contract. Contact us to learn more, or visit the Expert Network Directory for an ever-growing list of all the networks that we come across.

Major private equity and strategy consulting firms use Inex One to access expert networks and get insights fast.