🎯 How We Test & Rate Products & Services

We are dedicated to meticulously evaluating and assessing products and services at our core. Countless hours have been invested into the extensive process of using, testing, rating, and reviewing, resulting in the development of our standardized scoring methodology. Rest assured, our commitment to excellence remains unwavering.

Each service has its unique rating factors. For instance, an audiobook offers distinct features compared to an online learning platform or email marketing service. When comparing a specific niche, we focus solely on the features relevant to the particular use cases.

How We Test & Rate Products & Services
How We Test & Rate Products & Services

Understanding Our 5-Star Rating System

We rate services from 1 to 5 stars to keep our methodology simple.

[Service] Rating [Average of Ratings Below)
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An excellent score demonstrates a great service benefiting many users. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ©
Average score: functionality exists but is not better than that of competitors. β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ©βœ©
Below average rating. The tested functionality requires improvement to be useful. β˜…β˜…βœ©βœ©βœ©
Non-existent service or very poor implementation of a concept. β˜…βœ©βœ©βœ©βœ©

Category Ratings

Now, we understand the star rating system. Let’s move on to scoring for individual use cases.

πŸ’Έ Pricing/Value for Money Score

Over the years, we have discovered pricing to be extremely subjective. Rating value for money is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, our pricing scoring system is based on value for money. Two services may have a similar price point, but if one offers outstanding customer benefits, it has greater value for money.

πŸ’» Software Score

Our software rating refers to the elegance and power of the platform. Is the software visually stimulating? Is it intuitively designed? Here, we focus on the user workflow and the stability and reliability of the services.

⚑ Features

When we perform comparison reviews, it is important to understand the key features a service has. These features may be common to other platforms in the same category, but it is helpful for the customer that they are explicitly noted.

πŸ† Exceptional Features

In a comparison review, we have the exceptional features listed. This notes the outstanding features that separate the service from its competitors. Exceptional features are those industry-leading innovations worth paying for.

↩ Returns Policy

The returns policy for a service is a key consideration for customers. It outlines the terms and conditions for returning a product or requesting a refund. This is especially important for online services, where customers cannot physically test the product before purchasing. A good return policy can help build trust with customers and provide peace of mind if they are unsatisfied with their purchase.

πŸ–±Β  Usability Score

Usability covers the overall user experience of using the website or app. Does it have a modern look and feel? Is it intuitive and easy to navigate? Do you need to spend countless hours learning how the service works, or does it feel simple?

🀝 Support Score

Having reliable and efficient customer support is crucial for any service, as it ensures that users can get timely assistance. This includes access to technical support, FAQs, live chat options, and email or phone support. Do they offer support via chat or phone? What about their online knowledgebase resources and tutorial videos? The answers to these questions will affect our overall score for support.

πŸ™‹ Client Satisfaction Score

Where possible, we will conduct surveys or investigate online customer reviews of the products and services being tested. This score will reflect existing clients’ overall satisfaction and experience with the platform. Are users happy with the features, support, and pricing? Are there any recurring complaints or issues that need to be addressed? We want to ensure our readers get honest feedback from actual users.

Barry D. Moore
Barry's 25 years of experience with Silicon Valley Corporations such as IBM, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & DXC Technology enables him to share his knowledge of succeeding in today's professional corporate environments and develop a great work life for yourself.