Much like starting a community, creating a review site from scratch is a long, deliberate, and methodical process. Actually, no, it's a &%@*ing grind! But, in recent weeks, 25 community managers have have already shared their reviews
on platforms such as Jive, Salesforce Community Cloud, Higher Logic, and Zimbra.
For ReviewMyCommunity.net, 100 reviews is our critical mass. In order to start publishing reviews, we just need to accumulate 75 more reviews.
If you've ever been part of the early days of community building, I'm asking for your help. Reach back in your memory, remember your struggle getting to critical mass; think about the excitement of the first unsolicited posts made by your community members, and the momentum that those events created for your community.
Then, pay it back to community managers everywhere by writing a review about your on-domain community software. When you write a review
, you help create a valuable resource for community managers -- including yourself! -- to help everyone make better informed decisions about on-domain community software.
hits a critical mass of reviews, you’ll be able to:
Write a review today
- Search and browse community software reviews without the interference of a bunch of other types of software cluttering your research
- Analyze review criteria that are tailored specifically for community software
- Access the collective mind-hive of community managers outside your immediate social network about what they think of their community software
Did you know that 95% of IT decision-makers rely on peer recommendations when making a buying decision? In what Forrester Research has dubbed "The Age of the Customer," an online community is one of the most important investment decisions an organization has to make. As humans, we highly value the opinions of our family, friends, and peers. With these things in mind, it’s time for executives to hear from their peers about how well their online community performs and how well it suits their needs. It’s time for a centralized forum where community managers, executives, and IT professionals can speak openly and honestly about their experiences with their online community. It’s time for end users to have a collective voice in an incredibly competitive market.
I'm so excited! It's been several months in the making, but today marks the official launch of ReviewMyCommunity.net, a Yelp-like review site for Online Community software vendors.
As more and more organizations are buying community software platforms to service their customers, enable employee collaboration, advance their missions, and grow their prospect lists, more and more companies are entering the market. All of these choices can make it really difficult for buyers to make an informed decision.
We won't eat at a new restaurant without first reading reviews on Yelp, so why do we spend thousands of dollars on community software without reading peer reviews?
Yeah, that statement above is why I decided to create ReviewMyCommunity.net. It's absolutely ludicrous to me that we won't choose a vacation spot, decide where to eat dinner, or even buy a fancy cup of coffee without reading reviews first. And yet, we drop thousands of dollars on community technology without a resource to read up on what our peers think about that software? That ain't right.
Sure, talking with a vendor's reference clients is one thing, but as someone who has gone through the community software buying process a few times now, I know I'm not necessarily getting a balanced perspective from them. This site will give software buyers like you honest, verified reviews you can trust.
Do you like this idea? Yes? I need your help!
ReviewMyCommunity.net is only as good as the reviews I can gather. And that's why I need your help to reach a critical mass of 100 reviews before we publish our database of community software feedback.
- Do you already have a community platform? Give a review. ReviewMyCommunity.net works on a pay-it-forward basis. When you give a review, you'll get a lifetime subscription to read reviews.
- Tell your friends! We need a 100 reviews to reach critical mass. Let's use our community management skills to hit 100. Together, we can do this!
- Are you a community software vendor? Contact me for information on how you can gain more exposure for your your platforms and help underwrite the costs of running ReviewMyCommunity.net.
Stay tuned for more news and announcements.
While there are other software review sites out there, ReviewMyCommunity is the first and only software review site dedicated exclusively to online community software. Rather than sifting through dozens of software categories to find online community platforms--is it under customer support? Collaboration? Enterprise? Other?--ReviewMyCommunity simplifies the process. Evaluating and selecting an online community platform can be hard, with so many different platforms out there, each with different features. My hope is that ReviewMyCommunity helps simplify the process a bit by providing a forum for community admins to leave frank reviews about the platforms they administer--what they like, what they don’t like and whether they’d recommend the platform or not.
I'm Ben Martin, a long-time online community geek and the site operator of ReviewMyCommunity.net. I’ve been obsessed with online community since the mid 90s, built websites for listservs that I belonged to in college, and have been involved with some facet of community management for almost 20 years. I’m a fervent believer in the power of online communities to connect people with shared interests and provide digital spaces that aren’t governed by the whims of public social media platforms. Since 2014, I've been the Chief Engagement Officer at Online Community Results, providing consulting, training, and coaching services that have helped thousands of organizations achieve ROI and accomplish their business objectives using online communities.
ReviewMyCommunity.net is in a pre-launch phase, and we're currently gathering reviews. Reviews will be published once we've amassed 100 of them.
ReviewMyCommunity.net works on a pay-it-forward basis. Leave a review on your community platform, and gain a lifetime subscription to ReviewMyCommunity.net and all the other reviews. If you don't have a community platform to review, you can purchase a subscription to read the reviews.
Right now, ReviewMyCommunity.net is in a pre-launch phase, and no reviews will be published until we've gotten 100 of them. Once the site goes live, I will do its best to ensure that all reviews are posted within 72 hours. I take the validity of each review very seriously. Every review is vetted -- personally by me -- to ensure that the reviewer is a real person who has actually used the software, that everything looks ok with regard to information being complete, etc. If you don’t see your review or haven’t heard from me about your review within 72 hours, please feel free to contact me at maggie@ReviewMyCommunity.net to confirm the status of your review. Once your review is posted, you will receive login credentials for the site.
If you don’t have a platform to review, that’s okay. You can still gain access to the reviews with a subscription. During the pre-launch phase, I’m offering lifetime subscriptions for $100. After go-live, that price will increase to $200. Once your payment is processed, and the site is officially launched, you will receive login information and have access to the online reviews.
Once your review is vetted and published, it will be posted exactly as it is submitted. ReviewMyCommunity will not alter a review without the written request of the reviewer. We sometimes say things we wished we didn’t and we all make typos. Just contact me if you’d like to update your review.