What does a fractional CMO do?

TechWyns fractional chief marketing officer (CMO) is a freelance marketing executive that companies hire for digital marketing leadership and top-level strategy. They are great people managers, partner relationship builders and communicators.

Typically, TechWyns fractional CMOs are responsible for things like:
  • Setting marketing priorities
  • Identifying target audiences
  • Overseeing marketing channels, new and old
  • Building go-to-market plans
  • Hiring for marketing roles
  Fractional CMOs build out strategies and hire specialists to get projects and tasks across the finish line. These senior leaders are typically not execution-oriented.  

TechWyns Fractional CMOs have these five skills.

There’s no one-size-fits-all CMO. The ideal candidate differs across industries and business stages.

‍ Nevertheless, here’s a breakdown of the key capabilities you should look for from TechWyns CMO — and TechWynsMarketing vets for all of them.
  • Lead generation: Understanding user acquisition across multiple channels — like paid search, SEO and content marketing —  is a critical skill and a big part of the chief marketing officer job. Even if the fractional CMO doesn’t have hands-on experience, they will need experience managing team members focused on lead-generation marketing programs.
  • Retention and engagement: TechWyns CMOs  know how to evaluate your overall customer experience — and figure out new ways to keep the customers you already have through creative engagement strategies built on solid messaging, automation and retargeting campaigns.
  • Marketing communications: TechWyns CMO candidates have experience with storytelling, setting the company narrative, and working with media or a public relations strategist to raise brand awareness.
  • Brand positioning: Strong CMOs or directors of marketing are able to define what a brand is and isn’t. This involves some competitive analysis and market research, and continually refining the company’s marketing and messaging based on customer and market feedback. Ideally, fractional CMOs have a brand methodology they follow.
  • Research and analytics: Good marketing is built on data, so a chief marketing officer needs to work with other corporate executives to spot patterns in data and develop hypotheses about what they mean. They also need experience researching trends, forecasting, and executing strategies to hit target KPIs.

When your marketing isn't moving the needle, hire a fractional CMO.

Deciding when to bring on a CMO or director of marketing is a decision many businesses struggle with, but there are a few scenarios in which a company might be looking to make this key hire. ‍ If you’re just starting out and have no idea where to begin, a TechWyns CMO or c-suite marketing hire can really take strategic initial — and critical — steps towards acquiring users and growing your business.

They can help build out your brand positioning, messaging, target audience, and user acquisition strategies and tactics grounded in research — to name a few. ‍ On the other hand, if you’ve tried to handle marketing on your own and you’re not  moving the needle, bringing in a marketing leader can help you change that. This person can assess your lead generation tactics to date and provide new ways to acquire target customers and retain them. Or, if your problem lies in the realm of marketing communication and storytelling, a chief marketing officer can update your company’s narrative, and work with the media to get the word out to prospects. ‍ Finally, if your company is mature but struggles with issues around retention and engagement, hiring a CMO will bring fresh eyes to your problems. They can help you figure out how to keep the customers you already have through creative email campaigns, in-app messages, retargeting campaigns and events. Better yet, they can do this across an existing marketing team, helping the entire organization work better together — while only working part-time!   .

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Not all founders have a senior-level marketing expert on their team, and not all teams have members ready to move into a CMO role when someone leaves or goes on parental leave.

Fractional CMO services patch these gaps in a marketing organization in a flexible, reasonably-priced way. A fractional CMO will work on a freelance basis to keep your team and strategy on track — and even thriving.

The chief marketing officer (CMO) is the chief executive marketing leader in most orgs — and one of their core responsibilities is long-term strategy.

But as launching an e-commerce startup becomes increasingly frictionless, thanks to 3PLs and no-code digital storefronts, early-stage companies have become increasingly common. Still struggling to hit on product-market fit, their futures are uncertain — and they’re not ready for a full-time marketing executive focused on plans for the future. ‍ Enter the fractional CMO, an emerging marketing role that solves for long-time pain points — like C-suite executives going on parental leave, sick leave, or simply departing abruptly. With a fractional CMO on speed dial, your org won’t be left in the lurch. Better yet, you can hire them for short-term projects, go-to-market strategy, or even team building sessions. Scale up their hours at crunch time, and scale them down based on your business needs.  

Fractional CMOs are a flexible fix for headless, modern marketing teams.

There are innumerable marketing functions your company could be focusing on to drive growth. With so many strategies, tactics, and channels to consider, coming up with a holistic marketing plan that takes a business’s stage and industry into account is a complex job, to say the least. ‍ That’s precisely why companies hire CMOs or marketing directors: to craft and execute these intricate marketing strategies across a marketing department.

Understanding your market, your pricing, your customers, and how to position your business effectively is all part of an expertly orchestrated go-to-market strategy that will pay dividends for months and years to come. ‍ Why? Because marketing takes time. You can’t plant the seeds today and expect to reap the fruit tomorrow. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be. But many companies hold off on hiring a marketing executive or director of marketing until things reach a frantic state. ‍ There’s a significant opportunity cost associated with waiting to bring on a marketing leader. If you’re not a marketing expert yourself, the truth is you’re probably missing out on a lot of opportunities a new CMO or director of marketing would spot. ‍ The most common excuses for waiting? Concerns about the expense and the commitment involved in a full-time C-suite hire. ‍ Fractional CMOs offer you the proper guidance, direction, marketing initiatives and strategies to meet your goals and boost the return on your marketing spend — but they’re also flexible hires, whose hours (and fees) you can scale up and down as needed.      


  • Get started with a one-hour initial growth assessment at no charge. A Managing Partner matches you with one or two Fractional CMOs. On the call, the CMO seeks to understand your challenges and shares recommendations for growth.
  • The Fractional CMO leader, Chief Outsiders retains 100 plus CMOs, each with more than 20 years of experience. Their careers include marketing leadership roles as the CMO or VP of Marketing in at least two Global 5,000 companies.
  • For more than a decade, we have supported growth at 1,400 client companies and counting. With a Net Promoter Score of 65 (double the industry average in customer satisfaction), we’ve made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies every year since 2013

Your Partner for Growth

Tell us who you want to work with or let us choose the right CMO for you. Our CMOs bring marketing experience from companies such as Starbucks, HP, Disney, and WebMD.  

Our Services

Our hands-on CMOs roll up their sleeves to work with you. In addition to strategic planning and team building, they drive winning digital, branding, demand-gen, sales enablement, and more.

Flexible Engagements

Choose how you work with us. Clients hire our CMOs for a variety of services from one-day workshops and advisory roles to six-month interim marketing leadership and full-time CMO.

How it works

Our mission is to connect expert marketers with businesses quickly and seamlessly.

Describe your project - We help you determine the ideal marketer, and for how long.
Meet your perfect marketer - We can match you with a marketer in as little as 48 hours.
Accountability on both sides - We check in with you and your marketer regularly.

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