5 Digital Marketing To-Do’s for Success in 2024

Written by Aaron Bundschuh

March 5, 2024

In the whirlwind of running an Independent retail business, digital marketing can often feel like an extra hurricane churning just beyond your storefront. Between platforms and strategies, the introduction of AI and chatbots, and ever-evolving algorithms, it’s enough to make even the most tech-savvy business owner feel overwhelmed. Today, the digital landscape is complex and requires a new level of expertise (and time) to effectively manage.

At Nationwide Marketing Group, we’ve been working alongside you to navigate this scene for over half a century, leaving behind a trail of breadcrumbs in the way of proven strategies that will unlock your retail growth. Want to keep your business ahead of the digital curve in 2024? Focus on these five key strategies:


Think of your website as your online storefront, the first impression that sets the tone for your brand. According to research by Stanford University, 75 percent of consumers judge a company’s credibility based on its website design. That’s a whopping three out of four customers forming an opinion before you even say hello! So, take some time to review your website — does it reflect the same care and attention you give the in-store experience you’ve so carefully crafted? If not, invest in some optimization magic: clean design, intuitive navigation, lightning-fast loading times and content that sings your brand’s story. A seamless online experience translates into happy, returning customers in your physical store — it’s all one ecosystem. And remember, your website is a 24/7 salesperson, so it’s worth the attention and effort.


Ever feel like your store is a hidden gem lost in the Google rainforest of online searches? It’s time to become a search engine superhero! It’s predicted that, by 2025, 70 percent of all online searches will be local, showcasing the rising importance of local SEO. That means implementing relevant keywords throughout your website, ensuring Google’s algorithms know you exist, and claiming your spot in local directory listings like Google Business Profiles. These are complementary strategies that not only help customers find you online but provide valuable store information, such as hours of operation, locations and brand information. Bonus points for creating valuable content — blog posts, product descriptions, even catchy Instagram captions — that answer your customers’ questions and showcase your expertise.


In today’s digital age, your brand needs a voice. And social media is the perfect megaphone. It’s a powerful tool for showcasing your products, building brand awareness and engaging directly with your customers. Platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are particularly effective for visual products — specifically home décor and kitchen design. Regular posting, interactive content like polls and contests, and targeted ads can increase your reach and engagement like wildfire. Remember, social media is a twoway street — listen to your audience, respond to comments, and build genuine connections with your customers and within your community.


Collect email addresses and phone numbers (with consent, of course) and use them to cultivate even deeper relationships with your customers. Send out personalized newsletters, exclusive offers and timely updates — think flash sales or new product announcements. Segment your audience for more targeted communications and use SMS for immediate and impactful messages. A study by Litmus found that email marketing generates $36 for every $1 spent, so put those inboxes to work! Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Use these channels strategically and avoid bombarding your customers with marketing noise.


Your online reputation is your digital currency — it’s what sets you apart from your competitors. According to a study by BrightLocal, 93 percent of consumers read online reviews before making a purchase decision, making positive reviews something like a bright light that attract new customers. So, encourage your satisfied customers to leave reviews on platforms including Google, Yelp and social media. Respond to all feedback, both positive and negative, with professionalism and grace. Remember, every interaction is an opportunity to build trust and strengthen your brand’s image.

So, there you have it — five key digital strategies for success in 2024! Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your digital kingdom won’t bloom overnight. But with these strategies in your arsenal, you’ll be navigating the digital landscape with confidence, attracting customers and building a thriving online presence that complements your amazing in-store experience.

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