One of the best things about being part of TechTarget is that Gabe and I can spent a lot more time writing. In the very old days (of 2003), I did a fair amount of honest-to-goodness products reviews. We haven't really done too many (if any?) of these in the past few years though, mainly because they take so much time. (After all, you really have to use the product to be able to honestly rate it.) That said, we'd like to get back into doing product reviews, and we'd like to ask you how you'd like to see these?
I'm thinking that we'll create a blog on this site called "Product Reviews," so there will be a single page to list them all. I'll bet we'll be able to do one per week, so we'll have a pretty decent collection fairly soon.
But how should we structure the reviews?
- Do you want to see them all follow the same template, with the typical sections like Overview, Management, Security, Price, etc., or do you want them to be more free form?
- Should we devise a scoring mechanism, so people can say "This got an 8.7 on BrianMadden.com," or should we just keep them more free?
- Do you want to see screen shots?
- What about video? Any value to screen videos of the products in action? Maybe only when it's relevant? (Like the performance of a new display protocol?)
- How long should each review be? Something you can read in a few minutes? Or really in-depth?
- How will we decide which products to review next? Maybe some kind of polling / voting setup?
- Any value in creating some kind of database to hold reviews and comments for products? (Think of Crunchbase, except for desktop and application products.)
- What else?