O-I Engages and Excites at Virtual Beverage Packaging Conference

July 31, 2020

Conferences are important events where O-I can demonstrate all the ways we’re innovating the world of glass packaging. But this summer’s Beverage Packaging Conference was anything but a typical conference.  

The pandemic is forcing the world to think differently about ways of working. O-I was set to be a platinum sponsor at the 2020 Beverage Packaging Conference. When organizers scrapped the in-person event and moved it to an online conference, the O-I sales and marketing teams planning for the conference quickly adapted to build an online experience to engage top beverage manufacturers. 

Connecting with Customers Virtually 

The online conference in mid-June gave O-I several ways to connect
with the world’s leading beverage makers. 

Melianthe Leeman, O-I Global Innovation Platform Director, presented “Unleashing Glass Packaging Customization & Late-Stage Differentiation.” The 30-minute seminar focused on how O-I : EXPRESSIONS helps brands personalize their stories through digital printing (note: you can see the presentation here on Vimeo). After the presentation, there was time for live Q&A. 

The O-I team also interacted with attendees through a virtual booth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People could "visit” the virtual booth and download handout materials, watch videos, and chat with O-I delegates via text. 

“We had the possibility to start a discussion with people attending the event,” explains Yolanda Fernandez, O-I Marketing & Communications Specialist.   

The virtual nature of the event allowed the team to keep the discussion going by reaching out to people on social media. It was a natural extension of extending the conversation around O-I's innovations in glass packaging. You can reach out to the team, too, by emailing expressions@o-i.com

O-I enjoyed being able to connect with customers during an online conference. We’re busy planning other opportunities to show how glass can help your brand personalize its story, including the Virtual Spirits Brand Owners event in late-September. We look forward to connecting with you!