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Stream Research Group Review

Have you been contacted by an associate from Stream Research Group to record an interview with an analyst? Stream boasts that these calls can get your valuable exposure and help you land high-paying consulting calls with their clients…but unlike most expert networks, you won’t be paid for it. Learn if this is a legitimate opportunity, what to expect, and if participating is worthwhile in our Stream Research Group review.

What is Stream Research Group?

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Stream Research Group is an expert network, a firm that specializes in sourcing subject matter experts for recorded interviews with industry analysts and short-term consulting engagements. Expert networks are a $2 billion industry that aids institutional investors and management consultants in making investment decisions, devising corporate strategies and developing new products. Expert network projects are most commonly a 1-hour phone consultation between the subject matter expert and the client.

Clients turn to expert networks like Stream Research Group to quickly perform first-hand research on products, companies or markets for the people who know them best, such as former employees, customers, vendors, competitors, or other key influencers.  Working with expert networks is a great way to capitalize on your industry experience, enabling you to earn hundreds of dollars per hour by participating in concise and convenient consulting calls with their clients. While these calls are usually 1:1 between the expert and the client, Stream is one of several upstart expert networks that is building a library of recorded and transcribed expert interviews that is available to its entire roster of approximately 2,000 clients.

Stream was originally a product offering developed by Mosaic Research, a mid-tier expert network founded over a decade ago.  Mosaic sold the Stream business to business information service AlphaSense in October 2021. (Don’t confuse AlphaSense with the large expert network AlphaSights).

New York-based Stream has recently used several names, including Stream Research Group, Stream by AlphaSense, Mosaic Stream, and Stream by Mosaic. Don’t be alarmed by these name changes – AlphaSense is a legitimate company and an invitation to participate in an interview with Stream is not a scam.

Mosaic continues to operate its traditional expert network business and is no longer connected to Stream.

What to expect on an analyst call with Stream Research Group

Stream by Mosaic invitation to consult

I was first invited to participate in an interview for Stream Research Group 2021 and was disappointed with my experience at that time.

Rather than speak with a Stream Research Group client, your call is instead with a third party analyst.  The call is recorded and transcribed, then made available to Stream’s client base.  The analyst that I recorded with call with was engaging and well-prepared; my conversation flowed like a typical expert network call. I was told that my name and exact title would be removed from the call and transcript to provide me with anonymity.

Experts usually are not paid for participating in Stream calls, though the analyst is compensated for interviewing you.  According to the invitation I received from Stream, “This conversation with our partner analyst is intended to allow you to market your expertise to a group of Stream’s clients who value speaking with experts about [the target company and industry].”

Stream’s associates have been disorganized across several interactions with them. In multiple instances, they have reached out to introduce me to Stream despite that I have already completed an assignment with the company. When I let them know that I have an experience and an existing profile with Stream, they seem unsure what to do with this information and want to again in engage in the onboarding process from the very beginning.

Perhaps because of the modest disarray, I didn’t receive any follow up updates from Stream following my first recorded interview.  I wasn’t provided with access to the recording or transcript, don’t have any information on how Stream ‘marketed’ me as an expert, and several months passed before I was invited to participate in another project.  My view is that I contributed a piece of specialized content to Stream’s high-priced content library without receiving any compensation or perceived benefit.  

Stream is working at better serving experts

Since I first published this review – which included a recommendation to not participate in unpaid interviews with Stream – I have seen improvement in their treatment of consultants.

Shortly after publishing my review, an executive from Stream reached out to me to me to better understand my frustrations. He took feedback well, stated that Stream is striving to improve the value it provides to experts, and apologized for any bumpiness caused by the transition of the business from Mosaic to AlphaSense.

He stated that Stream does now offer compensation for initial analyst interviews in some cases, and is working to better promote experts and provides them access to its content library, and the Stream website has been updated to more clearly convey this. However, my recent interactions with Stream associates continue to be inefficient and a bit janky.

I would certainly give Stream another chance and work with them again, though I am not enthusiastic about creating valuable content for a high-paying subscriber base without cash compensation.

Stream Research Group consulting rates

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The typical expert network experience is to connect directly with a client for a roughly one hour long consulting call, at a high hourly rate. Things work differently at Stream.

Your initial experience will usually be a recorded interview with an expert analyst, typically an investment manager with deep experience in your industry. Your name will be removed from the recording and transcript to provide you with anonymity (though there are often enough clues for a curious client to figure out who you are) and it will be made available to Steam’s clients.

You usually won’t be paid for this initial call, though I do recommend that you ask for compensation. Stream will provide you with a shareable copy of your interview and free access to its content library of over 10,000 interview recordings and transcripts for six months. Clients who reviewed your interview may also connect with you via Stream for paid consulting calls, though it’s unclear how frequently this occurs.

While Stream generally does not pay for initial analyst interviews, this is not the standard industry practice. Tegus offers similar transcript subscription products where you are paid for all consulting calls. Many traditional expert networks, such as Guidepoint Global Advisors, produce a limited number of analyst interviews, and generally pay 1.5 – 2.0X of your regular hourly rate for participating in these recordings

Rates for consulting calls (or paid interviews) with Stream’s clients seem on par with most other expert networks. Your hourly rate is based on factors like your seniority and how recently you’ve held your relevant title, how hard it is to find an expert on the topic, and demand for your insight. In general, you can expect to be offered a Stream Research consulting rate of $100 – $200  per hour if you are a director level or below, $200 – $350 or above for director-level professional, and $500+ for senior executives and physicians. 

Getting started with Stream Research Group

Stream Research Group paid consulting opportunity via LinkedIn

Stream adds to its content library every day, so you may have found this review after an associate reached out to you record an analyst interview or do a client call. You can also propose a topic to Stream, and if they think it will be of interest to their client base, they’ll match you with an analyst and record and distribute an interview with you. Though I’d like to see Stream provide compensation for all calls with experts, this may be a worthwhile route to bolster your personal brand or gain free access to Stream’s extensive content library.

You can propose an interview topic and create a profile with Stream Research Group here.

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Mosaic Research Management Review

Have you been contacted by an Associate from Mosaic Research Management with a request to participate in a paid consulting opportunity? Earning a high hourly rate for simply speaking on the phone with a client can sound too good to be true – are you worried it may be a scam?  Learn if this is a legitimate opportunity, what to expect, where to set your hourly rate and more in our Mosaic Research Management review.

What is Mosaic Research Management?

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Mosaic Research Management is an expert network, a firm that specializes in the custom sourcing of subject matter experts for short-term consulting engagements. Expert networks are a $1.5 billion industry that aids institutional investors in their market research. Expert network opportunities generally take the form of a 1-hour phone consultation between the subject matter expert and the client, typically investment managers or management consultants.  

Clients turn to expert networks like Mosaic to quickly perform first-hand research on products, companies or markets for the people who know them best, such as former employees, customers, vendors, competitors, or other key influencers.  Working with expert networks is a great way to capitalize on your industry experience, enabling you to earn hundreds of dollars per hour by participating in concise and convenient consulting calls with their clients.

Mosiac is a mid-sized, New York-based expert network that provides various services in addition to the subject matter expert recruitment that is the industry standard: data services, and an expert network vendor management & aggregation tool, similar to proSapient.  The firm specializes in healthcare, travel & airlines, retail & consumer, web & online analytics, and social engagement.

Mosaic was founded in 2010 by former employees of Vista Research, an early pioneer in the industry that was taken down by an insider trading scandal in 2007 and which was later absorbed by Guidepoint.

Mosaic had a business line called Stream that provided a library of recorded and transcribed interviews between experts and industry analysts. It sold that business, now known as Stream Research Group, to AlphaSense in 2021.

Consulting with Mosaic Research Management

Mosaic Research paid consulting opportunity via LinkedIn

If you’ve been contacted by an associate from Mosaic, then it’s likely that you are a mid- to senior-level industry professional with specific company, product, or industry experience that matches what a client is looking for on a project.  Oftentimes, a Mosaic recruiter will reach out to you with a brief message via LinkedIn, though they will occasionally introduce themselves via email or a phone call as well.

You’ll usually be invited to have a brief conversation with the associate, where they’ll introduce you to Mosaic and provide a very high level overview of the project.  While they will share the topic of the project with you, you won’t know the client’s name until you’ve been selected for the project.  If you’re interested and it sounds like you may be a potential fit, the associate will ask you a few short vetting questions to gauge your qualifications, and just as importantly, ensure that you are eligible to participate without triggering any compliance concerns.

Here’s a breakdown of the basic eligibility criteria for project participation:

  • You are at least 6 months and no more than 3 years out of a job where you were a senior manager (Director level or higher) at a company their client is trying to learn more about.
  • You currently (or formerly) work for a competitor of a company the client is looking to learn more about.
  • You are currently or were formerly a customer of a product or company the client is looking to learn more about.

The associate isn’t looking to learn about what you’ll share about the project’s topic, they want to make sure that you match with the client’s requirements.  If it seems like you may fit the bill, they will then ask you to set your Mosaic hourly rate (more on that in a moment!), provide your upcoming availability and create a profile.

Behind the scenes, the associate will present your profile, rate and screening question responses to the client.  If they client selects you for the project, they associate will usually send you a calendar invite for your client call.  Note that industrywide, it’s typical to only be selected for about one-third of the projects that you apply to.  So, even if you don’t get chosen for this project, participating in the initial vetting process registers your profile in their system and increases the likelihood you will be selected for future projects.

Mosaic Consulting Rates

Consulting rates for expert networks vary widely and are determined by a variety of factors, such as the seniority and how recent your relevant title is, how niche the industry is, and demand for your insight. In general, you can expect to be offered a Mosaic consulting rate of $100 – $200  per hour if you are a director level or below, $200 – $350 or above for director-level professional, and $500+ for senior executives and physicians. 

While these rates are pretty standard, you should know that you can renegotiate your rate if you find you are getting inundated by project participation requests. Many C-level executives with a history of successful calls command rates of $500. Some in-demand experts (think Fortune 500 executives, former government officials or specialized surgeons) charge as much as $1,000 – $1,500 a call, but you should know that it is not common and demanding a super high rate right away will likely mean your profile will never be sent to the client. 

It’s important to keep in mind that your Mosaic hourly rate will be pro-rated based on the amount of time that spend on the phone with the client, so it’s in your best interest to keep the conversation flowing freely. If the client is eager to learn more and asks you to extend the call by 10 or 15 minutes, you may easily earn an extra $50 or $100.  Conversely, calls that take less than an hour are pro-rated downwards.  Expert network calls typically last 45 minutes to an hour.

Acing Your Mosaic Consulting Call

Ready for showtime?  Your client call will often happen just a few days after you received the initial invitation.  Mosaic will send you information on a conference call line.  Most expert network calls continue to be voice-only – so no need to dress up or find a professional-looking background – but do be sure to find a quiet place to talk with a stable phone or internet connection.

The client will open the call with a brief introduction, an overview of their objectives, and will then take the lead in steering the conversation.  They are looking to rapidly download your knowledge in order to confirm or refute their understanding of a company, industry, or product of interest in order to perform due diligence prior to making an investment. The client has usually done extensive research beforehand and it should make for an interesting conversation.

The types of clients you will encounter are will be institutional investors (strategy consulting firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, etc.) and are bound by strict compliance policies that prevent them from soliciting proprietary or confidential information. This policy should also be laid out to you in a document prior to the call, so you understand what you can and cannot discuss in the call. It’s rare that you’ll be asked to share any non-public information, and you should decline to answer any questions you feel moves into this territory; clients won’t press you to share things that you shouldn’t.

You should not feel the need to overly prepare for the call. The client is not expecting a deliverable or a presentation. The format is highly conversational, and you should be able to answer the questions easily based on the years of experience that you have in your role and industry.

What’s Next?

One of the best part of consulting with Mosaic Research is that once you hang up the phone, your work is done.  There is no follow-up or deliverables, and Mosaic will pay you via direct deposit within a week or two. 

Now that you’re part of the Mosaic expert network, don’t be surprised if you are regularly contacted for many more projects. Expert networks are a great way to capitalize on your industry experience.

If you haven’t already been contacted by Mosaic Research Management about a project, you can get on their radar and create a profile by reaching out an an associate at [email protected]