Ad of the Day: Airbnb Builds Birdhouse Versions of 50 of Its Most Intriguing Listings

Pereira & O'Dell gets crafty

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It's the allure of Airbnb, but also its biggest stumbling block—its rental listings are not impersonal hotel rooms but actual people's homes. Some travelers embrace this, knowing they'll experience a private space that's naturally more interesting and personalized. Others—well, they'd say that staying in a stranger's house is a little bit creepy, isn't it?

In its first integrated national campaign, the self-described "community-driven hospitality company" naturally embraces the broader definition of "home"—i.e., anybody's home can be your home, too, if you have a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.

Pereira & O'Dell in San Francisco communicates this creatively by using the metaphor of migratory birds, who call many places home. The agency had artists build birdhouse versions of 50 of the most intriguing Airbnb listings worldwide, and is displaying them from today through Sunday in New Orleans at Audubon Park's Tree of Life.

This agency, which excels at long-form feel-good video—look no further than its Skype campaign—shows off the project in the clip below, which mixes footage of the birdhouse construction with voiceover mediations on the emotionally expansive nature of travel. "What makes a home feel like a home to you?" a man asks. "When someone's individuality and personality is reflected in the design of a house," a woman replies. Each Airbnb listing is presented not merely as a property but as a story—which it surely is. (Just don't ask about the horror stories.)

Appealing to a sense of adventure and creativity is smart. And the birdhouse idea, if a little precious, meshes conceptually with the one-of-a-kind nature of the listings. Footage of all the sketching and building also provides a canvas on which Pereira & O'Dell can work up an emotional piece of film—bringing in songwriter Zach Shields to sing his song "Home to You" in a somewhat random but rousing finale.

"We created these birdhouses inspired by real Airbnb homes and the accompanying film as a metaphor for the hospitality about which our company is built," says Amy Curtis-McIntyre, CMO of Airbnb. "Our hospitality is completely individual and designed by our hosts who know that making people (or birds!) feel at home anywhere in the world comes from warmth, intuition and an attention to detail. We love the world's real travelers, and this is an invitation to travel in a new way."

The campaign will be running on TV, in cinemas and online.


Client: Airbnb

Agency: Pereira & O’Dell

Chief Creative Officer – PJ Pereira

VP & Executive Creative Director – Jaime Robinson

Associate Creative Director – Rafael Rizuto

Associate Creative Director – Eduardo Marques

Art Director – Rafael Rizuto

Copywriter – Eduardo Marques

VP, Client Services – Gary Theut

Account Director – Marisa Quiter

Senior Account Executive – Jen Wantuch

VP, Strategy – Nick Chapman

Director of Strategy – Molly Cabe

Associate Strategist – Beth Windheuser

Associate Strategist – Sara Lezama

VP, Media Strategy – Joshua Brandau

Associate Media Director – Jasmine Summerset

Media Strategist – Liz Wood

VP, Production – Jeff Ferro

Senior Broadcast Producer – Susan Crimley

Senior Broadcast Producer – Elisa Moore

Senior Integrated Producer – Victoria Whitlow

Senior Interactive Producer – Erin Davis

Director of Business Affairs – Kallie Halbach

Production Co: Tool of North America

Director – Alma Har’el

Director of Photography – Edu Grau

Executive Producer – Danielle Peretz

Executive Producer – Brian Latt

Line Producer – Christopher Leggett

Editorial Company: Therapy Studios

Editor – Lenny Mesina

Assistant Editor – Thomas Tedesco

Editorial Producer – Allegra Bartlett

VFX: The Mill

Title Design/Motion Graphics – Erik Buckman

Lead Artist – Tara Demarco

2D smoke artists – Tim Robbins, Robin McGloin, Scott Johnson

Producer – Jessica Ambrose

Color: Company 3

Colorist: Beau Leon

Producer: Liza Kerlin


Sound Designers: Dror Mohar, Branden Spencer

Mix: Dror Mohar

Independent Artists:

Production Designer/Lead Artist – Joshua Stricklin

Colorist – Grace Alie

Miniature Prop Artist – Brooke Ashe

Miniature Expert – Paul Wendling

Birdhouse Specialist – Mike Bowen

Ornithologist – Carolyn Atherton

Singer and songwriter – Zach Shields

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
Publish date: December 16, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT