US travel advertiser of the month: Airbnb
April 14th, 2021, Hoang Nguyen

US travel advertiser of the month: Airbnb

According to data from YouGov BrandIndex, which helps to track the overall performance of brands across a range of consumer perceptions, lodging industry giant Airbnb saw a 2-point increase from 10.5% to 12.3% in the brand’s Ad Awareness score among US consumers in March.

At the end of February, Airbnb launched its biggest campaign in 5 years nearing. The ad campaign involved glimpses of how Airbnb hosts create unique experiences for their guests. The campaign launched short ads featuring pictures sent in by Airbnb users of their vacations which were then used to draw a focus on how the Airbnb hosts helped enhance their guests’ holiday. Timeless songs like ‘Landslide’, Forever Young’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mind’ accompanied the visuals, evoking a yearning for travel memories.

The rented apartment/house category experienced rapid growth over the last decade and was one of the more resilient lodging categories during the pandemic. However, audiences worldwide have differing and unique characteristics and even travel motivations can vary significantly from country to country. This presents a challenge for brands looking to attract travelers in a meaningful and responsible way. YouGov’s connected data enables brands to overlap travel sentiment, demand and brand affiliations helping define the best communication and advertising strategies in the US and 24 other countries worldwide.

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Methodology: YouGov BrandIndex collects data on thousands of brands every day. Airbnb’s Ad Awareness score is based on the question, “Which of the following hotels or accommodation services have you seen an advertisement for in the past two weeks?” and delivered as percentage. Scores are based on an average daily sample size of 1,973 US adults in March 2021. Figures are based on a 4-week moving average. Learn more about BrandIndex.