I'm a small fish in a big old tank of malnourished, slim
...so I need your help with this somewhat sensitive step
in my product development. Can you help? Let's see...
I have a list of about 15 experts in a certain industry.
These are people with lots of honors and letters after
their names. Busy people. Well connected and wide
Now, I'd like to glean some "tidbits" of information on
a particular subject in this industry. I have a list of specific
questions I need to ask, with some general "throw in your
own comments please sir/madam..." types of questions.
This info is to contribute to a product I am developing.
Here's the crux of the situation:
What can I possibly say to these people to entice them
to part with a little bit of their time and knowledge?
I've thought about the obvious things like:
"This will be a great way to gain extra exposure" (yeah, like they need it)
"This will add extra credibility to your work" (yeah, again...)
"This will be distributed across a wide network and therefore will open up a new network of potential clients who will be interested in your services" (not always the case for them, and almost all of them have clients coming out their ears)
So, any suggestions?
I'm sure there must be a way to get these people to
give me half an hour of their time to drop a few pearls
of wisdom my way...