If you could change anything about Airbnb’s website, what would it be? Hosts had their say in the news this week, with a Forbes article polling Airbnb entrepreneurs about adjustments they would like to see on the platform.
Jasper is joined by Hostfully CEO Margot Lee Schmorak and Hostwell CEO Keith Freedman to discuss the feasibility of the changes proposed by hosts around keyword search, verified ID settings, and special pricing for children. They offer insight into why Airbnb’s Host Calendar view doesn’t show pricing for individual nights and how a low barrier to entry for Airbnb guests facilitates growth.
Margot, Keith and Jasper also explore the idea of removing zombie listings from the site, discussing why Airbnb is hesitant to do so despite the benefits of publicizing the ‘real numbers.’ Listen and learn how Airbnb is addressing the issue of wheelchair accessible criteria for listings and how to discourage underage drinking on your Airbnb property.
Topic #2: My listing is in the middle of nowhere, and I worry about guests booking for parties. I don’t want to facilitate underage drinking, but Airbnb does not allow hosts to discriminate based on age. For this reason, I don’t use Instant Book because it prevents me from vetting potential guests.
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