sonya whittam and Julie firth

What is a Fractional Chief Marketing Officer (FCMO) -and can it really supercharge my business?

Is your business facing challenges with marketing, sales development, or customer acquisition?

You’re far from being alone. Every business aspires to grow smoothly and swiftly, yet many miss out on growth opportunities or waste time and resources on poorly executed or ill-directed marketing tactics that offer little return.

The increasingly complex world of marketing presents a formidable challenge for many businesses that only a knowledgeable and experienced Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is equipped to resolve. CMOs operate at a strategic level and know how to align marketing efforts to business goals, to prevent organisations from wasting time and money focuses on the wrong areas.

However, for many businesses, hiring a full-time CMO may not be a financially viable option, particularly when starting up.

But that shouldn’t mean that businesses are left at the mercy of inexperienced staff or expensive consultancy. The Fractional Chief Marketing Officer (FCMO) service can provide cost-effective strategic marketing expertise to get your business on the right track for growth.

What is a fractional CMO?

A fractional Chief Marketing Officer is an impactful interim solution that bridges the gap between needing expert marketing guidance and being able to hire a full-time senior executive.

With a fractional CMO, you gain access to expert strategic guidance on a part-time or project basis without the commitment of a costly full-time employee. This allows you to leverage their strategic expertise to overcome marketing challenges, direct junior members of your marketing team if you have them and drive growth while keeping costs in check.

What services does a fractional CMO offer?

A Fractional Chief Marketing Officer (FCMO) offers a strategic, high-level partnership providing a range of services tailored to drive growth and enhance marketing effectiveness. A fractional CMO typically provides:

  1. Strategic Planning and Insight: They start by assessing your current marketing strategies, identifying gaps, and setting clear, achievable goals. A fractional CMO is usually a qualified strategist who brings fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table.
  2. Brand Development and Positioning: Recognising that your brand is at the heart of all marketing endeavours, an FCMO works to refine your brand’s messaging, ensuring it resonates with your target audience and stands out in a crowded marketplace.
  3. Digital Marketing and SEO: In our digital-first world, a fractional CMO can leverage the benefits of online platforms to enhance your presence. From SEO strategies that boost your visibility in search engines to social media campaigns that engage and grow your audience, your CMO should know what’s required to cover all bases to ensure digital prowess. Even if they don’t have expert SEO knowledge themselves, they should have sufficient knowledge to understand the required strategy, tactics and metrics to direct others and measure performance against.
  4. Content Strategy: Knowing that content is king, a CMO will oversee the creation of compelling content that educates, entertains, and converts your audience into customers. This includes blogs, videos, infographics, and more, all designed to drive traffic and establish your authority in your niche.
  5. Lead Generation and Sales Enablement: By aligning marketing strategies with sales objectives, a fractional CMO ensures your marketing efforts contribute directly to revenue growth. They implement lead generation tactics and refine the sales funnel to improve conversion rates.
  6. Analytics and Performance Measurement: With a focus on results, they utilise analytics to track the performance of marketing campaigns, providing insights into customer behaviour and campaign effectiveness. This data-driven approach allows for continuous optimization of your marketing resources and a better return on investment.
  7. Team Leadership and Development: A fractional CMO also plays a key role in mentoring your marketing team, providing clear direction, and instilling a culture of delivering excellence.

How much does it cost to hire a fractional CMO?

The cost of hiring a fractional CMO can vary depending on several factors such as the scope of work, industry, and the specific needs of the company. On average, the cost can range from £2,000 to £10,000 per month. However, it's important to note that this is an estimate and the actual cost may be higher or lower based on specific circumstances.

Look for a reputable fractional CMO with a track record of delivering results for clients that can provide an accurate quote tailored to your business requirements.

Can a fractional CMO help with specific marketing goals or challenges?

A fractional CMO can be an invaluable resource when it comes to tackling specific marketing goals or challenges. Perhaps you are struggling to get the return you want from a particular area of your marketing. Or maybe you feel you are missing out on opportunities but cannot pinpoint how to remedy this.

A fractional CMO is a highly experienced marketing troubleshooter who works on a part-time basis for multiple companies. This unique arrangement allows them to bring a diverse range of expertise to each client they work with. Whether it's developing a comprehensive marketing strategy, optimising digital campaigns, or implementing effective lead generation tactics, a fractional CMO can provide targeted solutions tailored to the specific needs of your business, on a project-based or ongoing basis to drive measurable results.

The benefits of a fractional CMO

By partnering with a fractional CMO, you can:

  1. Focus Your Marketing Efforts: A fractional CMO provides a fresh perspective and helps align your marketing efforts with your business goals. They bring strategic clarity to your marketing strategy, ensuring that every action supports your overall objectives.
  2. Maximise Return on Investment (ROI): With a fractional CMO by your side, you’ll gain valuable insights into where your marketing budget is best allocated. Their expertise will help you optimise your marketing spend, resulting in a higher return on investment.
  3. Optimise Resource Allocation: Knowing how to allocate marketing resources effectively is crucial for business growth. A fractional CMO brings a wealth of experience in resource management, ensuring your marketing team is focused on the right initiatives and projects.
  4. Increase Operational Efficiency: By working closely with your team, a fractional CMO can identify areas of inefficiency within your marketing processes. They’ll implement streamlined strategies and practices, maximising operational efficiency and potentially saving costs.
  5. Clear Direction for Your Team: Having a fractional CMO as part of your team means having a clear direction for your marketing efforts. They provide guidance and leadership, ensuring everyone is aligned and working towards shared objectives.


Strategic Marketing that Delivers Results

At STORY22, we understand the importance of strategic marketing that delivers tangible results. Our Fractional CMO services are managed by highly qualified strategic marketers who leverage the StoryBrand framework to ensure clarity and impact across all our marketing services. Here’s an overview of how we approach strategic marketing:

Step 1: Aligning with Your Goals

We take the time to understand your industry and business goals. By doing so, we create a tailored marketing strategy that utilises your available skills and resources, providing you with a roadmap for success.

Step 2: Crafting Your Strategy

As your dedicated fractional CMO, we work closely with you (and your team if you have one) to implement your tailored marketing strategy. We hold ourselves to high standards and measure performance at every step to reassure you that we’re delivering impact.

Step 3: Growing Without Stress

We believe in ongoing collaboration and adaptability. That’s why we check in with you regularly, reporting back on progress and adapting our strategies to meet commercial demands. With STORY22 by your side, you can focus on growing your business with complete peace of mind that you’re marketing is in safe hands.

How businesses have benefitted from a fractional CMO approach

Here are a few examples of how businesses have benefited from partnering with a fractional CMO:

Clan Gordon: Clan Gordon was struggling to differentiate itself from competitors and needed guidance to optimise its marketing efforts. By outsourcing their marketing services to STORY22, which included strategic direction through our fractional CMO service, they were able to revamp their brand messaging, improve customer acquisition strategies, and rapidly accelerate an increase in sales, by far surpassing their expectations.

Scott McKenzie Consultancy: Scott McKenzie Consultancy used our fractional CMO service for strategic guidance to align their marketing efforts with their goals. This resulted in improved increased brand awareness and customer acquisition.

Coinfully: Coinfully recognised the need for expert marketing advice as they worked to get their start-up off the ground but couldn’t afford a full-time CMO. By partnering with STORY22, they gained access to strategic support that helped drive swift growth while maintaining cost-effectiveness.

These success stories highlight the real value a fractional CMO can bring to businesses across various industries.

How a fractional CMO can help unleash the full potential of your business

If you’re looking to supercharge your business without breaking the bank, a fractional Chief Marketing Officer could be the perfect solution. By partnering with a fractional CMO, you gain the expertise and guidance necessary to overcome marketing challenges and accelerate growth.

With a fractional CMO, you’ll focus your marketing efforts, maximise ROI, optimise resource allocation, increase operational efficiency, and gain clear direction for your team. It’s an opportunity to tap into executive-level marketing expertise without the hefty costs.

At STORY22, we’re committed to helping businesses like yours get the most from your marketing. With our strategic marketing services, rooted in the StoryBrand framework, we provide clarity, impact, and results. Take that leap forward and discover the power of a fractional CMO for your business today. Gain clarity, drive impact, and accelerate growth with expert guidance by your side. Schedule a free 30-minute strategy call and learn how you can unlock your business potential.