Rotten Tomatoes. CNET. Yelp. Consumer Reports. Investing in a product — be it a movie ticket or a new car — no longer demands an intimate interaction between buyer and seller, but between online strangers.
Reviews are at the heart of what make online marketing work. BrightLocal.com found that 88% of consumers trust online reviews at the same rate as personal recommendations — and sometimes even more than the suggestions of their peers.
When it comes to B2B software reviews, online reviews are even more important. Buying business software is an expensive, time-consuming endeavor. Organizations typically spend $10,329 a year ($861 a month) on project management software alone.
When it comes to project management software, you don’t want to make a bad investment.
I’ve compiled a list of the best places to find project management software reviews. These five sites are informative, provide an accurate rating system, and leave space for reviewers to give both positive and negative reviews.
The reviews are unique and each site takes a different approach to sorting and prioritizing different product commentary.
Capterra has an extensive directory of project management software. We have almost 500 products listed, from wildly popular project management systems like Wrike (78 reviews) and Atlassian Jira (71 reviews) to under-the-radar project management software, like Task Manager (19 reviews) and A1 Tracker (17 reviews).
Capterra verifies all of its reviews; those leaving reviews have to demonstrate that they own the software, are real people, and are not affiliated with the company that they’re reviewing (so no marketing scams where all the reviews are fake!).
While GetApp doesn’t have as many reviews as Capterra, the site is a great resource for people who want to compare software. Simply click on “Compare App” and select as many software options as you’d like. From there, you can compare project management software reviews as well as features, price, integrations, and supported platforms.
Reviews.com has a section dedicated to project management software reviews. While these reviews aren’t crowdsourced, they are deeply informative, with detailed “good” and “bad” sections for each option covered. It then breaks down the reviewed PM software’s features and pricing structure in a bulleted list.
Unfortunately, this site is not regularly updated and doesn’t attempt to review all project management software. For example, Reviews.com hasn’t updated their PM software reviews’ page since November 2015, and they only offer 25 in-depth reviews on their site.
PCMag doesn’t have a dedicated project management software reviews hub, but that doesn’t mean that their reviews aren’t valuable. They have a whole host of articles about the right project management software — from comparison pieces to how to use a mind map.
PCMag isn’t a great resource for people wanting an overview of project management tools. Rather, it’s good for people who want basic recommendations. From there, I recommend moving to one of the other sites listed here for a deeper dive.
SoftwareAdvice offers a directory with 135 project management software products. The reviews posted are all verified purchasers of the reviewed product. Users can filter through the offerings by price, ratings, industry, size, deployment, and platform. While SoftwareAdvice doesn’t have the same number of reviews that Capterra offers, the reviews tend to be more in-depth, as SoftwareAdvice requires users to rank ease of use, functionality, product quality, and customer support. From there, reviewers are required to note what they like best, least, and provide recommendations to the company to improve or to customers looking at the product.
Finding the right project management software can be stressful. I recommend going through Capterra’s project management blog to get industry-specific advice and using these above resources for more research.
Where do you find your project management software reviews? What has your experience been in buying PM software? Let me know in the comments below!