It’s time for a little update on my opinions and experiences with the Suggested User Program on Poshmark.
I have previously explained the program in my own words: Becoming and Being a Poshmark Suggested User
… and given my opinions on how this program could be stronger: Suggested Updates to the Suggested User Program.
While I have no insider knowledge (no friends at PMHQ)… a few Posh- friends that went to PoshFest last September did inform me that the SU program was addressed and that updates were in the works but not available yet. I’m sure an overhaul of that magnitude takes quite some time for programmers to perfect.
So moving on… Due to the volume of questions I still receive on the subject, I feel like I need to make some comments on how my experience has changed since I first became an SU.
Latest Observations about the Suggest User Program
- When I first started really being listed (being listed as in … listed in the “Find People” section- which is what it means to be SUGGESTED) I really was in the rotation several times a week.
Now… MUCH different! At most 1-2 times a week… sometimes not at all.
- I am listed with the same 3-5 people each time. We all have the same month/year that we joined Poshmark as indicated by the “Posher Since April 2014” declaration in our public “About” section. It seems that if another Posher makes SU status that joined during that time… they too are added to our line up.
I just checked the rotation right now (I am not there) and it is “April joined” accounts starting in 2013 and going through 2016 in groups. I honestly don’t know how long this has been the case- but I have noticed it happening since my original SU post. It could have been happening all along and I am just more observant now.
- When I had no available listings in November and December- I was still in rotation. Some may get their feathers ruffled about that. That’s fine, but I was still doing some sharing and shopping. Also, I had every intention to re-open my closet so I don’t think there is anything wrong with closed closets/active Poshers to still be rotated. Life happens and sometimes you have to take a step back.
Things I still wonder…
- Why do some users have a completely different experience? One of my PFFs rarely gets listed (not sure she keeps exact track) and feels like it’s not even once a week.
- How do you get higher up on the list? Yes, the higher you are- it seems the more followers you get (although rank might just be due to sign up date as previously discussed)
- Why is there not an official badge indicating the status? WHY?
Is the Suggested User Program really that important?
In my opinion, yes and no.
I think that the #1 thing that makes your listings sell is WHAT you are selling and the way in which it is presented. If you have the descriptions and brand optimized- they will show up in the search (if there is a buyer looking). Photos, pricing, and overall presentation is what will make YOUR listing stand out among the other similar items that show up in the search.
However, you can make the easy sale from the impulse shopper by having followers. The more followers- the more chances you have. That’s where the Suggested User Program steps up your game.
I highly recommend attempting to become a Suggested User. Get your name on the list and keep your side of the street clean (so to speak) so that you will qualify. I have heard that much like being a party host- the line/wait list is long. Time does fly and eventually you will be next in line!
To become a Suggested User email SU@posmark.com or have someone nominate you at the same address. Here is the Official Poshmark Blog with guidelines for the program.
As always, for more information you can reach out to Poshmark Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have more questions or observations about the program? Fire away in the comments!