What is Select Software Reviews?
Hi - My name is Phil and I’m a software geek. I’ve been a software engineer, software investor, and software entrepreneur.
My 2018 New Year’s resolution was to create a new video each week sharing information I’d learned about the world of HR - something I called “Whiteboard Wednesdays.” These videos have been viewed >500,000 times. As a result, people ask me for advice - and most of the time the question is “what software should I buy?”
There are a lot of vendors out there, with more launched each day. I’m on a mission to help you understand which is right for you, how to buy it, and any other advice I think is relevant for a given category. Whether you’re looking for a new ATS, or sprucing up your Employer Branding, my goal is to make SSR your most helpful resource.
Founder, Select Software Reviews
Select Software Reviews vs Crowd Review Sites
There are many review sites out there that allow users to anonymously review software. This information can be incredibly valuable when you’re making a purchasing decision. However, there are a few things we don’t love about these sites and why we prefer our approach:
Many of the anonymous review sites cookie you and then sell your data to software vendors. Ever get a call from a sales person asking “hey - are you in the market for xyz software?” a few days after you’ve been researching it online…yeah.
On most of these sites, the first reviewers for a given product are given amazon gift cards for their efforts. This leads to reviews that are more positive than normal. Research shows that if there are positive reviews, new reviews are MUCH more likely to be positive as that is the norm that has been set. So, these pages are much more positively biased than reality (look up a product you know to be a piece of junk on one of these sites, and see if you agree with the reviews).
Most review sites are are either venture backed, or publicly traded. This means they need to go to great lengths to make lots of money, or else get fired by their board. These great lengths are many times not in the best interest of you, the software buyer. We don’t have to do this as a privately owned, non-venture backed company that is perfectly happy trading at a more modest market cap :)
Notes on our Bias
All reviews are biased, and ours are no different. We believe that by providing the least biased and most helpful advice, we will win the trust of software buyers, and thus grow our readership.
Despite that incentive to do right by you, we’re human. So here are the main areas we’ve identified as potential bias you should be aware of:
Our reviews are based on interviews with hundreds of industry practitioners. Many times the practitioners who want to talk to us are skewed towards people who want to build their personal brand, which influences the personality types of people who we talk to. Their bias becomes our bias - usually in the form of celebrating products that “everyone loves” at the expense of under the radar solutions despite our best efforts to find and highlight these vendors.
We get paid by the majority of the vendors on our site each time their product is clicked by one of our users. But, we don’t get paid by all of the vendors on our site. Despite our best efforts, we realize that humans are motivated by money and so we may be more effusive about products where we have a commercial relationship. However, we strongly believe that by providing the best advice, we will in the end have a more profitable company and as a result try very hard to eliminate any favoritism (let us know if you disagree!).
We do not rely on the opinions of the anonymous masses to tell us which products are the best and instead opt for the insights of well informed experts. This means we are limited in manpower. Some product categories have hundreds of offerings. It’s hard for us to do a deep dive into each. So, it’s quite possible that an offering which deserves to be in the top ten is hiding out there in the interwebs and we won’t see it for another 6 months.
Above all else, our mission is to help people by the right software faster and more effectively than ever before.