What does a review have to have, in your opinion?

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What does a review have to have, in your opinion?

indiechick indiechick
While EF gives a basic description of what it means to be Not useful, Worth reading but not useful, Somewhat useful, useful and extremely useful. Everyone looks for different things when they read reviews. For myself I like it when the reviewer does any additional leg work for me. Pictures are great and videos with detailed explanations of the toy are golden. I was wondering what all of you look for when you are reading reviews. What does a review have to have in your opinion for it to go above and beyond. As I work to better my reviews and make them appealing to wider audiences I want to know what people are thinking, because what I want in a review is likely different from what you want.


Thanks in advance to all of the EF community members.


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06/13/2012
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Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by indiechick
While EF gives a basic description of what it means to be Not useful, Worth reading but not useful, Somewhat useful, useful and extremely useful. Everyone looks for different things when they read reviews. For myself I like it when the reviewer ...
You hit the nail on the head > "what I want in a review is likely different from what you want"

Even if every contributor were to post to this thread, I don't believe there would be a clear consensus on what defines great or above and beyond. I actually laughed at the mention of video, because I often go out of my way to ignore videos (with the exception of a few contributors who I think make great ones), and bad pictures can influence my vote negatively.

On the flip side, a wonderful writer's voice or comedic content or just the ability to make most of the important points (not necessarily all of them) in less than three paragraphs, will positively influence my vote.

My advice would be to write the best review you can that makes you happy. In the words of Ben Franklin:

“Write to Please Yourself.
When You write to Please Others
You end up Pleasing No one.”
06/13/2012
nanamondoute nanamondoute
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
You hit the nail on the head > "what I want in a review is likely different from what you want"

Even if every contributor were to post to this thread, I don't believe there would be a clear consensus on what defines great or ...
^ Totally agree. Write what you would like to know about a product, I think that will cover the main questions that everyone has.

I usually look at lingerie reviews, so I like it when there are pictures. If there are no pictures, it's really hard for me to rate more than useful. Lingerie is all about how it looks, so I want some pictures!
06/13/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I agree as well, I avoid videos but LOVE photos, mostly of lingerie or clothes.
06/13/2012
Peggi Peggi
To me, a Useful review contains ALL of the required information and leaves me with no more than 1 or 2 followup questions. I like every last detail included from information on EVERY material, ingredients, size and shape, battery life, any variations in the product from the display picture...the works!

An EXTREMELY useful review will contain things like links, pictures, videos, etc.

Somewhat Useful and below I only tend to rate on occasion, often I'll just close out and not rate because I hate to give a lower rating. Those ratings come when I have multiple follow-up questions.
06/13/2012
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by Petite Valentine
You hit the nail on the head > "what I want in a review is likely different from what you want"

Even if every contributor were to post to this thread, I don't believe there would be a clear consensus on what defines great or ...
This - that quote sums it up nicely
06/13/2012
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