Be Open: Opendoor has Reinvented Life’s Most Important Transaction

scuba diver proposing marriage in aquarium

Opendoor has reinvented life’s most important transaction with a radically simple way to buy, sell and finance a home. The company just launched a new brand platform and campaign, “Be Open,” created by Venables Bell + Partner which aims to build awareness and understanding of Opendoor’s offerings in a thoughtful and emotive way. Speaking to a broad demographic that ranges from young families selling for the first time all the way to experienced sellers who are preparing for retirement, Opendoor’s appeal is helping consumers focus on their life transitions without all the hassle that comes with selling a house.

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The campaign’s centerpiece is a :60 anthem spot entitled Life’s Doors showcasing a diverse cast of everyday individuals, each one suddenly faced with one of life’s opportunities knocking, wagging, or buzzing at their door. From a city slicker contemplating the goat farm life, to an aquatic proposal, to a playful retiree winning the grand prize in bingo, all abruptly hit with the gut punching realization of having to deal with their house. Opendoor and VB+P collaborated with highly acclaimed director Saman Kesh and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Don Burgess, to create a multitude of spots that illustrate the emotional rollercoaster of joy and anxiety when it comes to such a moment. Additional spots within the campaign include Vacation Time, Bingo Time, In-Law Time, Retirement Time, New Friend Time, and Engagement Time.

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The launch marks the first significant brand campaign effort under the leadership of Opendoor’s new VP of Marketing, David Corns.  “The need to sell your home often comes during a significant life transition. While the transition itself can be exciting, the traditional way of selling your home can be cumbersome, lengthy, and full of unknowns, making it an incredibly overwhelming and anxiety-ridden. “The ‘Be Open’ platform shares just how simple, certain and fast-selling to Opendoor is, allowing you to focus on what’s ahead in life,” said David Corns, VP of Marketing at Opendoor.

“There’s nothing more exciting and inspiring than working with brands that are challenging the way things are done. And if there’s any industry in need of shaking up, it’s real estate. But at the end of the day it’s still the client partnership that makes all the difference. From day one, Opendoor brought a clear vision, a creative ambition and a collaborative approach to getting there. We’ve been in lock step ever since, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the partnership and the brand,” said Matt Keats and Matt Miller, Group Creative Directors at VB+P.

The fully-integrated campaign launches nationally with broadcast TV and online video, radio, outdoor, as well as with social and digital activations, which were created by R/GA.



  • David Corns, VP of Marketing
  • Allie Cote, Senior Director, Head of Marketing Strategy
  • Lauren West, Senior Brand Marketing Lead
  • Tirza DiOro, Senior Brand Marketing Manager
  • Nicole Arena, Senior Marketing Lead, Brand Media
  • Stefanie Yan, Senior Marketing Manager, Brand Media

Venables, Bell + Partners

  • Paul Venables, Founder, Chairman
  • Will McGinness, Chief Creative Officer
  • Matt Keats, Group Creative Director
  • Matt Miller, Group Creative Director
  • Diego Zelaya, Senior Art Director
  • Michael Ng, Senior Copywriter
  • Eric Boyd, Copywriter
  • Chris Cavalieri, Art Director
  • Hilary Coate, Head of Integrated Production
  • Ben Evangelista, Producer
  • Justin Pitcher, Head of Brand Management
  • Kristin Obi, Group Brand Director
  • Rachel Waniga, Brand Supervisor
  • Katie Armstrong, Project Manager
  • Alex Oztemel, Strategy Director – Comms Architect
  • Gabi Levi, Strategy Director
  • Tina Thorland, Director of Business Affairs
  • Sara Jagielski / Pavel Malchevski, Business Affairs Manager
  • Jermelia Holling, Senior Traffic Manager

Golden, Production Company

  • Saman Kesh, Director
  • Geoff McLean, Executive Producer / Owner
  • Nicole Powell, Line Producer
  • Arwa Ibrahim, Line Producer
  • Don Burgess, Director of Photography

Work Editorial, Editorial

  • Stewart Reeves, Editor
  • Remy Foxx, Executive Producer
  • Molly Dollinger, Assistant Editor
  • Kenneth Munoz, Assistant Editor

Cut + Run, Editorial

  • Pete Koob, Editor
  • Kristen Jenkings, Executive Producer
  • Chance St. George, Assistant Editor

Blacksmith, VFX/Finishing

  • Charlotte Arnold, Executive Producer/Partner
  • Perry Tate, Head of Production
  • Ashley Goodwin, Producer
  • John Shirley, VFX Supervisor
  • Hannah Wilk, Lead Flame
  • John Shirley, Robert Bruce, Yebin Ahn, Jacob Slutsky, Compositors
  • Chris Koelsch, After Effects

Stare Crazy, Music

  • Amy Dreyfus, Producer
  • Jonathan Dreyfus, Composer

Blacksmith, Telecine

  • Mikey Pehanich, Colorist
  • Sam Howells, Color Assist
  • Ashley Goodwin, Color Producer

Oneunion, Mix & Sound Design

  • Joaby Deal, Engineer
  • Michael Swarce, Assistant
  • Jaylen Block-Smith, Producer