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Institute for Management Development (IMD) (2013)
2 pages
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This is part of a case series. The two-part Chateauform case series, with video and PowerPoint supplement, is about creating and delivering an outstanding customer experience in a services company. Chateauform, a European provider of venues for company meetings, training events and workshops, was founded in 1996 by Jacques Horovitz, a marketing professor and international consultant. After observing how poorly hotels and event organizers catered to the needs of corporate customers, Jacques saw the opportunity to differentiate by designing and delivering all the elements that would elevate an average, good-enough event into a unique and memorable experience. The A case examines the innovation elements in Chateauform's go-to-market model and invites participants to evaluate how you take customer experiences 'from good to great,' ie 'from vanilla to wow,' and build an innovative business model that allows a company to outsmart the competition and continue to grow in a commoditized service industry. The B case addresses two questions: 1) How has Chateauform navigated the European recession so far? 2) What strategic options are available to management to maintain growth?


Customer intimacy; Customer-centricity; Customer experience management; Customer satisfaction; Service blueprinting; Commoditization and differentiation; Services marketing; Marketing strategy
2012 revenue of EUR92.7 million, 865 employees
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