Should You Add People In Your Airbnb Photos?

Should You Add People In Your Airbnb Photos?

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Today, we’re tackling a question we’ve been getting a lot lately: should you add people to your Airbnb listing photos? This topic has sparked quite a bit of debate among hosts, and it’s essential to understand both the potential benefits and drawbacks before making a decision.

My team and I have managed tens of thousands of guests across the United States, both in my personal portfolio and for other owners. From this experience, we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t in Airbnb listings. We’ll explore how featuring people in your photos might help your listing stand out in a crowded market, but also how it could backfire if not done correctly.

In this episode you’ll learn:

0:00 – Intro
1:11 – Tip for identifying your guest avatar
2:50 – How to make your listing stand out
4:30 – Should we let AI arrange our photos automatically?
5:19 – Should we add people in our photos?
10:52 – Should we add a photo of a review?
11:30 – Outro

So, should you add people to your Airbnb listing photos? It depends on how you do it.

If used correctly, featuring people can enhance your listing’s appeal and help potential guests envision themselves in your space.

However, it’s crucial to strike a balance and avoid overdoing it. Remember to focus on what adds value to your guests and aligns with your property’s unique features.


Tim Hubbard, a successful investor and CEO of a seven-figure short-term rental management shares it all in his Short Term Rental Riches Podcast. This podcast gives you the insider tips you need to know to acquiring, operating, and scaling a successful short-term rental business.


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