Airbnb Swoops to Rescue of Reporters With #SochiProblems

Now here’s a real-time marketing execution that fits.

Airbnb has spent today tweeting reporters complaining of horrendous accommodations at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, offering to help them find more hygienic digs. The apartment- and house-sharing platform began this morning by putting out a general notice using the now-popular #SochiProblems hashtag.

Having #SochiProblems? Hotel lacking water? Floors? 500+ Airbnb listings in #Sochi are ready to welcome guests

— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 7, 2014

It’s since moved on to sending @ replies to reporters who complain on Twitter. Here’s a message to National Sports columnist Bruce Arthur’s lamentation of living with cold water.

.@bruce_arthur We found your hot water & it has new friends: a heated towel rack & a cozy apartment #SochiProblems — Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 7, 2014

The haphazard conditions of many facilities at the Winter Olympics has been a leading early storyline of the games. The Twitter account @sochiproblems has attracted 265,000 followers in just three days by retweeting images of disrepair in Sochi.

We can’t have no dogs on roads here, all must be gone. #SochiProblems — Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems) February 4, 2014

The “It’s a great opportunity for Airbnb to offer influential people a bit of humor and a warm, comfortable, safe place to stay — a vacation from their hotel,” said Marisa Quiter, account director at AirBnB agency Periera & O’Dell, which has a team of creatives handling custom messages for the reporters and pre-checking with hosts to make sure they have available space. They’re adding a bit of flair to their messages to whining reporters.

Hey @DanWetzel – trade you 3 spare lightbulbs for a spare bedroom. We’ll even throw in a door handle #SochiProblems

— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 7, 2014

As of yet, Airbnb has yet to seal the deal with any of the reporters it has contacted.

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Lars M. B. Anthonisen is Global Account Lead @ Google. Previously, he held various digital marketing positions at media companies across Europe and Asia including Regional Digital Director at MediaCom APAC, CMO at Adform and Digital Manager at Universal McCann Worldwide.

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