Cerveza Buye Elves

Photos of Raul Colon Web Developer Puerto Rico

This is post five on my Igniting a Revolution Series.

Different to the previous posts where I have focused on the positive side of creating a full customer experience, this time I look into the opposite side of when brands disappoint me.  I touch some of the things local brands like Cerveza Buy can fix when communicating online to become more human. There is something to think about when a brand wants to stay anonymous when talking to customers.

What are they hiding?

It’s Difficult to Have Brand loyalty to Local Brands

I try my best at supporting local brands and products. The best example is how I make it to the Organic Farmer’s Markets many times a month, so I can get my fresh produce from those who work the land and are growing local food which in turn keeps more money in Puerto Rico.

When I go to a supermarket preferably Pueblo or Selectos, I try to buy the local items like Mushrooms grown in Aibonito, PR. With every visit I make, I support a local supermarket, and I buy local produce.

I see how many local brands like liquor companies such as Don Q and Medalla, share advertising that is mostly for their interests. They are not interested in creating communities or listening to those who buy their products; they just want to sell.

For years I have been trying to get Medalla Beer to reply and see if their product is Vegan-friendly. Years later, no one has responded, and I get bombarded by ads everywhere.

Cerveza Buyé and its Elves

Weeks ago when I saw a new locally made beer advertised. I saw an opportunity to start supporting local beer instead of buying my favorite Vegan-Friendly Beer Samuel Adams (Boston, MA) or Samuel Smith (England).

I sent a Facebook message via their page to the agency handling the social media account and asked if they could verify if Buyé were Vegan-friendly. After explaining to them several reasons why a Beer might not be vegan, they replied that yes their beer was vegan.

When I asked for the name of the person who provided me the answer, they responded that they were anonymous elves working in the background and could not expose their identity.

Elves = Inexperienced Agency handling social accounts

When I get these replies about being anonymous and other nonsensical comments, it usually means that Buyé as a company is not managing their online presence. They probably have an intern with the digital equivalent of a bullhorn on the other side just blasting and spamming advertisements to anyone they come across on social platforms. Given how others manage their brands, I should be glad they even responded.

Lack of Ownership of Accounts

When a company does not have its voice being communicated online and a separate firm hijacks the account with zero transparency this demonstrates that the agency does not want to be accountable and that Buyé does now own their online presence.

I can’t trust Elves

Since Buyé’s elves replied and I could not get a human, I would not dare drink a Buyé beer since I really can’t validate if they were knowledgeable enough about the product. Last year around Christmas we had another local Puerto Rican elf get some YouTube fame and based on his behavior, I rather continue to recommend Sam Adams and Samuel Smith to my Vegan friends.

Consumers don’t talk with Elves

It is critical that you have a human or core group with product knowledge when it comes to representing your brands.

Brands such as Jetblue, Samsung, Dell, and many others have humans behind them who are accountable for what is shared online. Even Pepboys uses an Agency, and they are very transparent. I got to talk to a human when I had an issue with Pepboys and not a fictional character.

Like many of you, I am not a fan of talking into answering machines much less talking to fictional characters like elves.

Take charge of your presence; let those interested in your products know some humans care behind your brand and products. But most importantly, that those people care about creating community.

Until Buyé realizes it’s critical for a brand to care about the reasonable consumer its Samuel Adams and Sam Smith for me. Cheers…



  1. Agnes on October 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Even if you automate most things in your business, you should never automate customer service. You have to earn and build trust with your clients by being available for them. Great post that rings true for all business-owners.

    • Raul Colon on October 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

      @twitter-121175167:disqus I could not agree more. Funny thing about this post is a lot of people have read it. But everyone is scared of expressing and communicating what they thing. From those who agree to those who disagree.

      I guess it might be food for thought from my perspective but having more people locally talking about these subjects would help separate the scammers from those who are truthfully trying to help individuals and business communicate online!

  2. lizardo on October 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I have a couple of questions, How many of you have seen a delivery truck coming out from this factory? because I have not seen one. This brewing company doesn’t make any noise producing their products. Have anyone seen a delivery truck coming in or out from this brewing company? On friday I saw a Mercedes benz getting trough the gate, that’s it. Is Buye really Made in Puerto Rico?
    Maybe that’s the reason for the Elve, remember Christmas is coming and Elve’s need a job too. Maybe they are more apt for the job than real Puerto Rican employees or human beings.