Airbnb Marketing Vine: Monday Marketing Masters

airbnb-vineThis campaign was a double whammy:

Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb a community site for people to list, discover, and book unique rooming spaces around the world online or from an smart phone, has spread like wildfire not just because of its’ unique and inviting concept, but also because it has matched its’ marketing campaign with its’ IT savvy, twenty and thirty something’s, social media rocking, young and hip audience, and invited them in for an opportunity to be part of the Airbnb marketing experience by taking part in an innovative marketing experience.

To advertise the Airbnb marketing concept of showing how everyone is finding their place in the world, the company created an offer to their thousands of Twitter followers that went like this:

The offer, sent out on Twitter,  (duh) which owns Vine, was an invitation to become part of a marketing video, and a movement, by sending in Vines (a Twitter owned app allowing you to take 6 second videos and do…well all sorts of things) , instructed the users to submit scripted shots from all over the world in the form of Vines, via Twitter. They compiled the vines and used the resulting film, entitled Hollywood & Vines, as a TV ad. It is comprised entirely of Vines and is a paper tale..trail… of adventure, discovery and belonging—the Airbnb theme. [Read more...]

The Anti Social Online Marketer

"The Anti social online marketer"There’s no more denying it. As much as I’ve attempted to live the Social Media Dream for the last few years I’m hangin’ up the hat. Throwin’ in the towel. Wavin’ the white flag. I surrender, ok? I. Just. Can’t. Anymore.
At the risk of sounding like a grouchy old hag I need to come clean. I don’t care that you just arrived at Applebee’s. Nor do I care that you’re feeling peaceful. Not that I don’t like you; please don’t misunderstand. And I do enjoy photos of your kids. I post photos of mine from time to time too, so I won’t be hypocritical here. But let me vent for just a few. It’s nothing personal and I admire those out there who have developed a great Twitter following and who have even become close friends with your Tweet Sisters. A colleague told me a few months ago that she’d developed such a close relationship with one of her Twitter followers that they ended up going on a vacation to the Bahamas’ together last fall. I am in awe of that. But it will never be me. No judgements, it will just never be me! And that’s ok. [Read more...]

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