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From the Minds of Marketers with Ron Johnson

In our third interview with influential marketers in the Caribbean, we speak with Ron Johnson, the Managing Director of Barbadian-based branding agency, Blueprint Creative. Blueprint Creative has a unique perspective on advertising, branding and marketing that Ron shares in this insightful interview.

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From the Minds of Marketers with Giselle Carr

In our second interview with influential marketers in the Caribbean, we speak with Giselle Carr, Partner with Abovegroup. Founded in 2001, Abovegroup has grown to become one of the most respected and forward-thinking design consultancies in the region, with a reputation for the consistent delivery of beautiful, memorable solutions. Giselle conducts research into brand trends, market and industry developments, in order to develop invaluable insights and deliver smart solutions.

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From the Minds of Marketers with Greg Hoyos

In this first of a series of articles to introduce you to thought leaders across the Caribbean business landscape, one of the most prolific and successful marketers in the region, Greg Hoyos, shares his thoughts on the state of marketing in the Caribbean.

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The Recovery of Consumer Spending

The Barbados economy appears to be emerging from a prolonged economic slump, fueled mostly by personal consumption. In large measure, funding challenges appear to explain the contraction in consumer spending experienced throughout the downturn, and the shift from purchasing non-essential items (such as vehicles) to purchasing essential items (such as food) over the last 7 years. The year 2015, however, may turn out to be a pivotal year, as all sources of funding appear to be on the rise. This is positive news for consumer goods and retail businesses, as 2015 could mark the return of at least moderate growth in consumer spending.

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Information Gaps Limiting Investing

The Barbadian financial market has not always behaved as theory would suggest, especially when considering most investment products. One theory explaining the disconnect between investment theory and observed market trends in Barbados could be that insufficient information results in suboptimal wealth allocation. Our research uncovered four information gaps that influence potential investors’ demand for investment products.

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It’s Confirmed! Customer Service Vital For Business Survival in Barbados

Customer service is very important to Barbadian consumers – so much so, that they would consider paying more to benefit from an enhanced customer service experience. At the same time, however, many consumers feel trapped and unable to switch companies if they receive poor service. Despite these feelings, consumers are not always voicing their complaints to their service providers. Additionally, these consumers are not very vocal online. They are not keeping silent though. They are telling friends, family members and colleagues about their service experiences, and making decisions about which companies to do business with based on the experiences of others.

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The ‘New’ British Visitor to Barbados

Since the late 2000s the number of British visitors to Barbados has fallen considerably. We investigate demographics and travel patterns and find that the ‘new‘ visitor is very different from the pre-2008 visitor, with different spending patterns, demographic characteristics and travel planning behaviour. This shift raises important considerations about the future of the British market in Barbados.

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Where Did the Brits Go?

One of the indirect effects of the global financial crisis on Barbados has been a reduction in visitor arrivals. While arrivals from all of Barbados’ main source markets felt the impact, the British market has been particularly hard hit: not only has the total number of visitors declined, but visitor expenditure has also fallen. There are a number of potential explanations that have ben posited. We examine these theories in this article.

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Increasing Downside Risks in Consumer Market Outlook for 2018

The downside risks to our forecasts for the Barbados economy are particularly prevalent in the consumer market, as consumers are likely to bear the brunt of the budgetary measures introduced by the Government of Barbados in June 2018. Growth in nominal personal consumption has been depressed since 2014, a trend we expect to continue in 2018.

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What Next for the Barbados Economy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The current state of the Barbados economy The latest review of the economy from the Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) stated that real GDP …

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Greening Vehicular Transport in the Caribbean

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Aim of the Project Caribbean countries are largely dependent on fossil fuels to supply most of their energy needs. In Jamaica fossil fuel imports …

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Our Work in Insurance

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Insurance Industry is indisputably one of the most important financial sectors in the Caribbean, managing US billions of dollars in assets. The fact that …

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Welcome 2017!

2016 was a weird year, wasn’t it? As I reflect on last year and start executing our plans for 2017, I’m a bit surprised at how …

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What’s Next for the Global Economy?

Antilles Economics co-founder, Professor Winston Moore, will be hosting the Facebook discussion of the Central Bank of Barbados’ 3rd Caribbean Economic Forum under the theme What’s Next …

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Our Work in the Media and Entertainment Industry

Media and Entertainment has long been recognised as one of the industries that could drive Caribbean economies. But traditional media – newspapers, cable TV providers, …

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Our Co-Founder is now Professor!

Co-founder of Antilles Economics, Winston Moore, has been appointed to the rank of Professor at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus. At 37 …

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Estimating the Size of the Middle Class

Aim of Project The growth of national incomes in the Caribbean and Central America suggest that poverty rates in the region should be falling and …

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