Sustainability in Digital Marketing

9 August 2023

By: Christine Bookless, Sitecore Optimisation Lead, Sitecore MVP

Category: Blogs

In a recent Sitecore SMAC webinar, Christine Bookless, a Sitecore Strategy MVP and Lead Sitecore Optimisation Consultant from Sagittarius, shared valuable insights on sustainable marketing practices. This blog focuses on Christine’s presentation, highlighting the environmental impact of digital advertising campaigns, email campaigns, and content management processes. By leveraging technology effectively, businesses can adopt a comprehensive approach to sustainability.

In today’s digital age, it is crucial to consider the environmental impact of our marketing actions. Sustainable practices are not just a trend but a responsibility businesses must embrace. This blog will explore a comprehensive approach to sustainable marketing by examining the environmental impact of digital advertising campaigns, email campaigns, and content management processes. By leveraging technology effectively, we can significantly reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a greener future.

A screenshot of the beginning of Christine's presentation on "Sustainability in Digital Marketing"

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Digital Advertising Campaigns:

Digital advertising campaigns have become essential for engaging audiences, but they also come with a significant carbon footprint. Christine emphasised the importance of optimising ad targeting and retargeting to minimise emissions. By leveraging Sitecore CDP’s audience sync capabilities, businesses can create a holistic view of customers, ensuring ads are shown only to relevant individuals. This targeted approach reduces wasted impressions, saving both media spending and emissions. Christine shared a remarkable achievement of cutting nearly two tons of CO2 emissions over six months for a specific client through efficient ad targeting.

Email Campaigns: Unveiling the Hidden Culprit of Carbon Emissions:

While email campaigns are a popular marketing tool, their environmental impact should be noticed. Christine stressed the need for thorough audits to identify inefficiencies and reduce emissions. By consolidating multiple email platforms into a centralised solution like Sitecore Email Marketing, duplicate sends can be eliminated, and content can be tailored for precise targeting. Segmentation and personalisation significantly reduce the number of wasted emails, preventing unnecessary emissions. Christine highlighted an example where over 1,900 wasted emails were avoided, saving approximately 32 kilograms of CO2 emissions—an amount offset by planting 15 trees.

Content Management: Mitigating the Carbon Footprint of Digital Assets:

The creation, management, and storage of digital assets have a substantial environmental impact. Christine discussed how implementing Sitecore Content Hub DAM enables centralised asset management, reduces duplication, facilitates content reuse, and supports content recycling. One client identified thousands of duplicated assets and over one million digital assets by migrating from multiple DAM systems to a single platform. The estimated emissions of managing these assets were approximately two tons of CO2—equivalent to driving around the world once in a car. Streamlining content management processes through advanced tools like Sitecore Content Hub DAM helps reduce the carbon footprint significantly.

Embracing sustainable marketing practices is an ethical duty and a smart business move. By optimising digital advertising campaigns, email campaigns, and content management processes, companies can reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a greener future. Sitecore provides robust tools, including CDP, Email Marketing, and Content Hub DAM, empowering businesses to streamline operations, tailor content, and minimise wastage. By responsibly harnessing technology, marketers are crucial to promoting environmental stewardship and shaping a sustainable digital ecosystem.

The Sitecore SMAC webinar provided valuable insights into sustainable marketing practices. Christine’s presentation emphasised reducing carbon emissions in digital advertising campaigns, email campaigns, and content management processes. Businesses can make significant strides towards sustainability by adopting targeted ad strategies, optimising email campaigns, and implementing centralised asset management solutions. Let us embrace these practices and contribute to a more environmentally conscious industry.

Considering Sitecore for your next digital transformation project? Partnering with a reputable Sitecore agency or Sitecore partners like Sagittarius ensures a smooth implementation and a platform tailored to your specific needs, including understanding Sitecore Pricing for your brand. Contact us to find out more.

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