How to find expert interview sources online?
I've heard from a lot of people - including you, Dave - that interviews are a great way to add high-value content to your blogging efforts, and while I have a pretty good idea how to interview someone, I don't know how to find people to interview. Do you have any suggestions?
There are a number of different ways you can find people to interview, but one of the best is really to pay attention to the publications and other media you track in your market segment. Specifically, who gets quoted when articles or blog entries are written about your specific product or service area? Those are some of the very best people to approach for an interview because they're already recognized market authorities.
You can also use social media tools to spread the word that you seek an expert or thought leader in a given segment. For example, if you have a number of followers already, you might send out a request on Twitter asking for a connection to someone. LinkedIn and FaceBook also offer you the ability to search by profession or keyword and thereby identify candidates with whom you are ostensibly connected already.
Another service that might prove quite valuable for you is Help A Reporter where, without charge, you can send out a request for interview candidates for your blog. The readership (over 25,000!) is comprised of both publicists, public relations experts and community members. The results can be astonishing.
Here's an example I just experienced myself. Seeking one or two people who were developing applications for the Apple iPhone, I submitted the following query:
Not an overly complicated query, you can see that it's honest and explains exactly what I seek.
Within four hours my Gmail inbox was stuffed full of responses and less than eight hours later, I have over thirty iPhone application developers who not only are volunteering to be interviewed but want to offer books they're writing, new apps they're developing and various other services to me in return for some additional visibility for their projects.
Nice. And the cost? Just the time to respond politely and professionally to each.
There are indeed many different ways to track down people to interview and many different ways to interview them too: some people are strong proponents of phone-based interviews, while others - myself included - are believers in email-based question and answer. The best solution in that regard is undoubtedly to ask your interview subject what they'd prefer: treat them with respect and you'll get a far better and more interesting result.
Good luck to you.
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