Although Airbnb has been since 2008 one of the most disruptive travel brands at global scale, they still faced significant challenges when it comes to succeed in the competitive domestic market. Airbnb faced the challenge of creating a brand name and visual identity that would not only convey their brand meaning in Chinese but also reflect their evolution as a brand. They also needed to consider the cultural nuances and preferences of Chinese consumers.
Working closely with San Francisco and China teams, we embarked on finding a Chinese brand name that could communicate Airbnb’s philosophy while allowing the brand to grow beyond home sharing. We kicked off the creative process by aligning on the strategic and creative implications of the Chinese brand name creation, as well as the key criteria to evaluate all name creations.
Meaning “Welcome Each Other with Love”, the chosen brand name 爱彼迎 [ài bǐ yíng] perfectly conveys Airbnb’s unique brand vision.These three characters symbolize love (爱), people (彼) and places (迎), and when combined deliver the essence of the brand. On both a language and conceptual level, the Chinese name aims to express “belonging” in a human, warm tone to Chinese travelers.
The creation of a new Chinese brand name and visual identity successfully conveyed Airbnb's brand meaning in Chinese, surpassing the limitations of the original English brand name. While the English name, "Airbnb," holds historical significance as "airbed and breakfast," it didn't fully represent the brand's evolution and offerings. The new Chinese name, "爱彼迎 [ài bǐ yíng]," not only marked Airbnb's confident expansion into the Chinese market but also signified a meaningful evolution of the brand globally.
Airbnb China's new identity represented a clear branding evolution, highlighting the brand's expansion into the Chinese market and its commitment to a new travel philosophy beyond home sharing—one that prioritizes local realities and a sense of belonging.
Aibiying stood out amongst over 1000 names after comprehensive linguistic checks as well as qualitative and quantitative research. Meaning ‘Welcome Each Other With Love’, this name conveys Airbnb’s brand vision of creating a global community connected through love and a world where everyone can belong anywhere.
Labbrand is proud to have worked with Airbnb in the creation of 爱彼迎. The powerful message delivered by 爱彼迎 conveys in a clear way what Airbnb’s mission is to Chinese travelers.