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Case Studies by Pierre Chandon

27 case studies

published: 01 Jan 2004

  • Topic: Marketing

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Abstract:
This pedagogical note provides a brief introduction to the content, method, and organization of a brand audit. Drawing on the latest findings from academic and applied research, it offers recommendations on how to measure (1) brand awareness, (2) brand image, (3) brand equity, and (4) brand value. The note provides practical examples for each method and references to the original research for deeper inquiry.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of this note is to assist people conducting a brand audit. This note will also help understand the key concepts in branding and brand management of brand awareness, brand image, brand equity, and brand value by learning how they can be measured. It is intended for MBA students and executives.

Keywords:
Brand, Marketing, Brand Equity, Valuation, Measurement, Market Research, Brand Image

published: 29 Nov 2010

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A Renova, um fabricante Português de papel higiénico, luta para sobreviver num mercado em estagnação e generalizado, dominado pelos gigantes internacionais e marcas privadas. Com vista a crescer e permanecer independente, o CEO Paulo Pereira da Silva considera três opções 1) a produção de uma marca privada, 2) novas inovações funcionais e 3) o lançamento de papel higiénico preto. O que deverá ele fazer? E como a estratégia escolhida deverá ser implementada?

Pedagogical Objectives:
Explorando os desafios que os pequenos protagonistas das categorias comerciais estagnadas devem enfrentar, onde os gigantes internacionais e marcas privadas dominam, este caso fornece informações detalhadas sobre o comportamento do consumidor, a concorrência e a empresa (incluindo a marca e as campanhas de comunicação passadas). Justifica o sucesso das marcas privadas e explica quando faz sentido a produção para uma marca privada. Ilustra ainda o papel chave do marketing e branding, mostrando como a Renova se distingue em termos de benefícios hedónicos e simbólicos numa categoria considerada irremediavelmente generalizada.

Keywords:
Marketing, Bem Do Consumidor, Marca, Oceano Azul, Marca Privada, Inovação, Luxo, Publicidade, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices

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published: 30 Jan 2012

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Renova, empresa portuguesa fabricante de papel higiénico, está luchando por la supervivencia en un mercado de productos básicos estancado y dominado por gigantes internacionales y marcas blancas. Para crecer y mantener su independencia, su director general, Paulo Pereira da Silva, está considerando tres opciones: 1) fabricar una marca blanca, 2) innovaciones funcionales nuevas, y 3) lanzar un papel higiénico negro. ¿Qué debería hacer? ¿Y cómo debería implementar la estrategia elegida? Visite el sitio web dedicado al caso para ver un vídeo de presentación y una copia del caso para su inspección.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Explorando los retos a los que se enfrentan las pequeñas empresas en categorías de productos básicos estancadas y dominadas por gigantes internacionales y marcas blancas, este caso proporciona información detallada sobre el comportamiento de los consumidores, la competencia, y la empresa (incluyendo la marca y anteriores campañas de comunicación). Analiza el éxito de las marcas blancas y explica cuándo tiene sentido producir para una marca blanca. Ilustra el papel clave del marketing y de la creación de marca, y muestra cómo Renova se diferenció utilizando beneficios hedonistas y simbólicos en una categoría desalentadora como la de productos básicos.

Keywords:
Marketing, Marca, Marca Blanca, Lujo, Bien De Consumo, Océano Azul, Innovación, Publicidad, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices

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published: 30 Nov 2007

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Parfums Cacharel, a division of L’Oréal, used to have a dominating position on the European market with both the number one and number two best-selling fragrances: Anaïs Anaïs and Loulou. At the time of the case however, sales were declining at a rate of 15 % per year and Cacharel was a fragrance brand in need of a major revitalization. The task assigned to Dimitri Katsachnias, the new general manager of Cacharel, is to turn around the business. But before doing that, he needs to understand the brand.
1. Brand identity decoding • What is Cacharel’s brand identity? What are its conceptual and tangible components? Can it be summarized in less than five words? • Does the Cacharel umbrella brand itself have an identity beyond that of its sub-brands? Which sub-brands are mostly responsible for creating Cacharel’s identity?
2. Brand revitalization • What is the root source of Cacharel’s maturity crisis and how can understanding the brand’s identity help? • Should Kataschnias bring the Cacharel brand closer to where the market is now? Should he focus on meeting the desires of today's consumers or in remaining faithful to the brand’s original identity?
Students can watch the television commercials mentioned in the case on the dedicated case website. On this website, instructors can also access video interviews with the managers mentioned in the case, more recent television commercials, and PowerPoint presentations to be used in the classroom or as handouts using the login and password mentioned in the teaching note.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The primary purpose of this case is to tackle notions of brand identity (the mission of the brand and its tangible elements) The main aim of the case is to involve students in Cacharel’s marketing strategy dilemma. • Make students think more deeply about what brand identity means • How this identity might be decoded by a new brand manager? • The strategic value of the decoding of brand identity in general compared to traditional market research methods. The case discusses the value of the internal brand identity audits versus external surveys of brand image. It shows how understanding a brand’s identity can help charter the brand’s territory, guide new product launches, and help manage the creative process under lying advertising and product design. This website supports the case studies by showing the history of print and television advertisements for all Cacharel brands, which serves for the brand identity audit. The restricted area of this website supports the teaching note and contains video excerpts from an interview with Dimitri Kataschnias as well as the new advertising for the relaunch of Anaïs Anaïs and for the new fragrances of Cacharel, Nemo for men, and the hugely successful Noa for women.

Keywords:
Marketing, Advertising, Branding, Brand Management, Luxury Goods, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Brand Revitalization

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published: 20 Dec 2012

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Abstract:
Parfums Cacharel, a division of L’Oréal, used to have a dominating position on the European market with both the number one and number two best-selling fragrances: Anaïs Anaïs and Loulou. At the time of the case however, sales were declining at a rate of 15 % per year and Cacharel was a fragance brand in need of a major revitalization. The task assigned to Dimitri Katsachnias, the new general manager of Cacharel, is to turn around the business. But before doing that, he needs to understand the brand.
1. Brand identity decoding • What is Cacharel’s brand identity? What are its conceptual and tangible components? Can it be summarized in less than five words? • Does the Cacharel umbrella brand itself have an identity beyond that of its sub-brands? Which sub-brands are mostly responsible for creating Cacharel’s identity?
2. Brand revitalization • What is the root source of Cacharel’s maturity crisis and how can understanding the brand’s identity help? • Should Kataschnias bring the Cacharel brand closer to where the market is now? Should he focus on meeting the desires of today's consumers or in remaining faithful to the brand’s original identity?
Students can watch the television commercials mentioned in the case on the dedicated case website. On this website, instructors can also access video interviews with the managers mentioned in the case, more recent television commercials, and PowerPoint presentations to be used in the classroom or as handouts using the login and password mentioned in the teaching note.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The primary purpose of this case is to tackle notions of brand identity (the mission of the brand and its tangible elements) The main aim of the case is to involve students in Cacharel’s marketing strategy dilemma. • Make students think more deeply about what brand identity means • How this identity might be decoded by a new brand manager? • The strategic value of the decoding of brand identity in general compared to traditional market research methods. The case discusses the value of the internal brand identity audits versus external surveys of brand image. It shows how understanding a brand’s identity can help charter the brand’s territory, guide new product launches, and help manage the creative process under lying advertising and product design. This website supports the case studies by showing the history of print and television advertisements for all Cacharel brands, which serves for the brand identity audit. The restricted area of this website supports the teaching note and contains video excerpts from an interview with Dimitri Kataschnias as well as the new advertising for the relaunch of Anaïs Anaïs and for the new fragrances of Cacharel, Nemo for men, and the hugely successful Noa for women.

Keywords:
Marketing, Advertising, Branding, Brand Management, Luxury Goods, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Brand Revitalization

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Abstract:
In 2017, the Financial Times ranked INSEAD’s MBA programme #1 in the world for the second year in a row. The Dean of INSEAD, Ilian Mihov, commissioned a large-scale study to understand the shool’s brand equity compared to its peers. The goal is to optimize INSEAD’s positioning, value proposition and communication, to attract the best MBA students. Case A asks students to develop a survey that will measure the strengths and weaknesses of the INSEAD brand compared to its key competitors. They must select the performance measures, relevant competitors and the relevant sample. Case B provides results from a survey of 4,000 GMAT-takers who rated 18 business schools. Students analyze the data to measure the strength of the INSEAD brand and its image compared with its competitors. To optimize the school’s positioning, students must identify the most important attributes used when choosing an MBA programme.
Please visit the dedicated case website to access supplementary material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case can be used for many different audiences and contexts. It can be used for discussion in MBA, undergraduate, or executive education courses focusing on branding, brand metrics, marketing research, customer intelligence, data analytics, customer centricity, general marketing strategy, communication and social media strategy, consumer behavior, and international marketing.

Keywords:
Business Schools, Strategic Market Intelligence, Brand Management, Brand Equity Analysis, Brand Metrics, Marketing Research, Data Analytics, Multivariate Analyses, Research Design, Insead, Mba Programme

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published: 28 Jun 2010

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Renova, a Portuguese toilet paper manufacturer, is battling to survive in a stagnant, commoditised market dominated by international giants and private labels. To grow and remain independent, CEO Paulo Pereira da Silva is considering three options: 1) private label manufacturing, 2) new functional innovations, and 3) launching a black toilet paper. What should he do? And how should the chosen strategy be implemented?
Please visit the dedicated case website to access an introductory video and additional teaching material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
In exploring the challenges facing small players in stagnant commodised categories where international giants and private labels dominate, this case provides detailed information on consumer behaviour, competition, and the company (including the brand and past communication campaigns). It accounts for the success of private labels and explains when it makes sense to produce for a private label. It illustrates the key role of marketing and branding, showing how Renova differentiated on hedonic and symbolic benefits in a category that was thought to be hopelessly commoditized.

Keywords:
Marketing, Brand, Private Label, Luxury, Consumer Good, Blue Ocean, Innovation, Advertising, European Competitiveness Initiative, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices, Disposable Paper

Prizes won:
- 2016 Case Centre Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2015 Case Centre Best-selling Case in Marketing
- 2013 Case Centre Best Selling Case in Marketing
- 2012 ecch Best Selling Case in Marketing
- Overall Winner of 2012 ecch Case Awards
- 2011 ecch Best Selling Case in Marketing
- 2010 ecch Best-selling Case in Marketing

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published: 26 Nov 2012

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Abstract:
Renova, a Portuguese toilet paper manufacturer, is battling to survive in a stagnant, commoditised market dominated by international giants and private labels. To grow and remain independent, CEO Paulo Pereira da Silva is considering three options: 1) private label manufacturing, 2) new functional innovations, and 3) launching a black toilet paper. What should he do? And how should the chosen strategy be implemented?
Please visit the dedicated case website to access an introductory video and additional teaching material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
In exploring the challenges facing small players in stagnant commodised categories where international giants and private labels dominate, this case provides detailed information on consumer behaviour, competition, and the company (including the brand and previous communication campaigns). It accounts for the success of private labels and explains when it makes sense to produce for a private label. It illustrates the key role of marketing and branding, showing how Renova differentiated on hedonic and symbolic benefits in a category that was thought to be hopelessly commoditized. Renova's solution - the launch of black toilet paper - is not hinted at in the abridged version of the case, and is left for the instructor to reveal.

Keywords:
Marketing, Brand, Private Label, Luxury, Consumer Good, Blue Ocean, Innovation, Advertising, European Competitiveness Initiative, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices

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published: 26 Nov 2002

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Spirits, Banking
  • Region: Other Regions

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Launched in 1998, Russian Standard vodka quickly became the highest selling premium vodka in Russia, ahead of Stoli, Smirnoff, and Absolut. Russian Standard’s success can be attributed to the high quality of the vodka itself, its innovative and distinctive bottle, to its strong presence in bars, and to a brand identity that is proud to leverage its Russian heritage while promising world-class standards of quality. The company, which also owns a successful bank, Russian Standard bank, is considering whether it should launch Russian Standard in the biggest premium vodka market in the world - the US - and whether it should adapt its marketing mix or stick with the strategy that has been so successful in Russia.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Develop an understanding of the decision criteria to develop an international expansion strategy (global branding vs. local adaptation). Discuss the value of horizontal brand extensions across widely different product categories (e.g., banking and vodka). Expose students to the range of marketing issues related to the management of brands in the alcoholic beverage industry.

Keywords:
Marketing, Branding, Brand Management, Global Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Brand Extension, New Product Development, Roust Inc, Roustam Tariko, Jose Aragon

published: 31 Aug 2018

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Serial social entrepreneur Andreas Souvaliotis is looking at new ways to achieve his lifelong mission: to improve the health and wellness of his Canadian compatriots. His previous venture, Green Rewards, demonstrated the power of loyalty rewards to promote environmentally-conscious purchases. Andreas is now looking to impact non-commercial habits like walking more, eating less, as well as education. The health and wellness market is growing but hyper competitive, with more than 150,000 apps available on Google Play or on the App Store. B2B or B2C? Fitness, nutrition or mindfulness? Fee, freemium or free? Stand-alone or in collaboration? These are the key questions students must address to help Andreas and his team achieve their goal - and make a profit.
Please visit the dedicated case website to access supplementary material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This decision-oriented case examines the health and wellness market and, more generally, the topic of behavior modification. Thanks to close collaboration with Carrot Insight, detailed information about what the team did and why, as well as their future plans, is provided through video interviews available on the case website and in the teaching note.

Keywords:
Food, Marketing, Nutrition, Health, Exercising, Fitness, Loyalty, Government, Incentive, Responsibility, Mobile Commerce, Habits, Branding, Regulation

Prizes won:
- Winner 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition


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