Fractional Marketing Leadership for SMEs.

We bridge the gap for businesses operating without a senior marketing leader. Our Fractional Executives and marketing services can unlock your potential, delivering predictable revenue and sustainable growth. Discover our agile and affordable alternative to having a full-time salaried Chief Marketing Officer on your payroll.

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What is Fractional Marketing Leadership? Expertise as a Service.

Is your business poised for growth but lacks the strategic marketing direction to navigate today's challenges? This leadership gap could leave you vulnerable to competitors, squander resources, and cost you customers. If a full-time salaried CMO isn't feasible, consider the advantages of fractional marketing leadership.

Businesses That Benefit From Fractional Marketing Leadership.

A variety of businesses can benefit from fractional marketing leadership, particularly those where a full-time Chief Marketing Officer is not feasible or additional marketing support is needed. The benefits of fractional marketing can be felt across different business structures including:

  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): SMEs, often limited by resources, find great value in a Fractional CMO's expertise, acquiring high-level marketing skills without the commitment to a full-time executive.
  • Early-Stage Scaleups: In their critical growth stages, early-stage scaleups can utilise fractional marketing leadership for crafting effective strategies, boosting brand presence, and managing focused marketing campaigns.
  • Non-profit Organisations: Non-profits with limited budgets can benefit from the strategic guidance of a Fractional CMO to enhance their marketing efforts and increase awareness for their causes.
  • Transitioning Businesses: Companies undergoing significant changes utilise part-time CMOs for their ability to provide strategic insight during rebranding, mergers, strategy realignment, or scaling down marketing operations.
  • Businesses Lacking Marketing Leadership: Companies without a dedicated marketing leader or facing a gap due to resignation or absence find a solution with Interim CMOs, who offer strategic direction and help maintain marketing momentum.
  • Companies with Specialist Skill Requirements: For specific needs like digital marketing or strategic development, businesses turn to fractional CMOs for their focused expertise in areas such as brand strategy or corporate communications.
  • Companies Needing External Perspectives: Businesses seeking fresh, unbiased insights benefit from the diverse industry experience of a Fractional CMO, adding value to existing strategies.

Marketing Leadership That Unlocks Growth.

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Our hand-picked Fractional CMOs help businesses that have the ambition to grow, but aren't quite ready to justify the salary and remuneration costs of a full-time Chief Marketing Officer. Our seasoned experts provide marketing leadership to help you:

➨ Identify your limitations and opportunities for growth.
➨ Eliminate guess-work & costly marketing mistakes.
➨ Build a marketing strategy that delivers growth.
➨ Strengthen your competitive advantage.
➨ Upskill your sales & marketing talent.
➨ Align your Senior Leadership Team.
➨ Embed marketing best-practice.
➨ Maximise your marketing ROI.
➨ Increase company value.
➨ Plus a whole lot more!

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reach your potential

Marketing Leadership That Unlocks Growth.

Our hand-picked Fractional CMOs help businesses that have the ambition to grow, but aren't quite ready to justify the salary and remuneration costs of a full-time Chief Marketing Officer. Our seasoned experts provide marketing leadership to help you:

➨ Identify your limitations and opportunities for growth.
➨ Eliminate guess-work & costly marketing mistakes.
➨ Build a marketing strategy that delivers growth.
➨ Strengthen your competitive advantage.
➨ Upskill your sales & marketing talent.
➨ Align your Senior Leadership Team.
➨ Embed marketing best-practice.
➨ Maximise your marketing ROI.
➨ Increase company value.
➨ Plus a whole lot more!

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Marketing Challenges We Help Businesses Solve.

Businesses will face marketing challenges at any point of their lifecycle. Left untouched, these issues can manifest into something much bigger which can drain resources, create frustration and suppress growth. Often these problems arise from a lack of strategic marketing leadership, and businesses can unconsciously fall into bad marketing habits such as:

➩ Sales & marketing functions working in silos.
➩ Lack of a shared vision among board members.
➩ Hiring marketing talent with the wrong credentials.
➩ Outsourcing marketing elements to wrong agencies.
➩ Making decisions off gut-instinct in lieu of empirical data.
➩ Allowing non-marketers to make strategic marketing decisions.
➩ Building the business strategy around last year’s sales performance.
➩ Not investing in the on-going development of sales & marketing talent.
➩ Not applying strategic marketing frameworks during the planning process.
➩ Not conducting regular market research on customers, competitors or trends.

When to Bring Us Into Your Business.

Here are some common triggers that may drive you to consider our marketing solutions:

  1. Tight Budget? Get top-tier marketing leadership without the full-time cost, freeing up funds for other areas.
  2. Need Niche Expertise? Benefit from specialised advice that's right for your industry, ensuring your strategy hits the mark.
  3. Short-term Needs? Enjoy the flexibility of expert marketing guidance on a project basis, without long-term strings attached.
  4. Ready to Grow? Scale your marketing to match business expansion seamlessly, boosting your reach and impact.
  5. Exploring New Horizons? Navigate new markets confidently with expert insights, minimizing risks and avoiding expensive errors.
  6. Looking for New Ideas? Refresh your marketing with innovative strategies and perspectives to stay ahead of the curve.
  7. Facing Marketing Hurdles? Tackle specific challenges head-on with our deep-dive marketing audits that provide clarity on remedial action.
  8. In a Transition? Smoothly manage change with strategic marketing leadership, ensuring consistency and adaptability.
  9. Need Flexible Resources? Adjust your marketing efforts as your business evolves, ensuring maximum efficiency and impact.
  10. Team Needs Upskilling? Invest in the development of your marketing talent by virtue of our partnerships with world-class training providers.

Hire Our Services With Confidence.

When you engage with our services, you can be confident in the following:

  1. Accredited Marketing Expertise: Our hand-picked Fractional Executives each have over 10 years of board-level experience in successfully scaling and transforming businesses and hold Fellow or Chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. This ensures you receive the highest standards in marketing leadership.
  2. Affordable Cost: Our virtual business model eliminates the overheads of physical offices and traditional payroll, allowing us to offer budget-friendly solutions. This makes our services more affordable than employing a full-time CMO.
  3. Adaptable Services: Our marketing solutions are designed to accommodate businesses of all sizes, budgets, and evolving needs. With a choice of flexible engagement options, you can tailor our services around your financial and operational needs.
  4. Agile On-Boarding: We can be fully operational in your business within days of initial engagement. Skip the lengthy traditional recruitment process and gain the marketing leadership you need, precisely when you need it.

Our project was to create a top-level marketing strategy which, once built, we could drive forward ourselves. And I can honestly say the work has been transformational for Yellowtail. After each workshop with VCMO, both Dennis Hall and I would be amazed at how much we'd achieved. We worked hard! But the results are worth it.

Sarah Steele
Operations Director, Yellowtail Financial Planning

Shout out to Paul Mills who bravely took on running a positioning workshop with us yesterday. Is there anything harder than doing the thing your client does for others for them?! Great work. Really thought provoking, and so important to have facilitated by someone with an external perspective!

Bryony Thomas
CEO, watertight business thinking

James Crawford delivers...He took the brief, gave clear advice on content, produced highly professional materials and a well set out delivery plan. He identified where further attention was necessary and all delivered in a straightforward and friendly manner. Highly recommended for your next marketing initiative.

Paddy Gordon
Director, Shepton Veterinary Group

Paul is a professional strategic marketeer who is able to apply his expertise with marketing budgets large and small. The commercial impact of Shaw & Co's rebrand, which was initiated, designed and implemented by Paul, has been to differentiate us positively in a sector where few have succeeded. He delivers what he promises, on time and on/under budget, to a high quality. Paul made a positive impact on our business that will last.

Rod Leefe
chair, shaw & co

VCMO brings knowledge, insight and practical experience to the table, but also something else, which is quite rare, the unwavering commitment to finishing the job without compromising on the quality of the output. Their work for Yellowtail has been exemplary and we're seeing the results already.

Dennis Hall
founder, yellowtail financial planning

Lydia possesses a deep understanding of marketing strategies and has consistently delivered exceptional results. Her ability to analyse market trends, create engaging campaigns, and drive customer acquisition is truly impressive. Her dedication, attention to detail, and strong communication skills make her an invaluable asset to any organisation. I cannot recommend Lydia enough for her expertise, professionalism, and exceptional work ethic.

Alan Leckey
Business Consultant, CCO - the Collaboration Company  
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VCMO: Best Fractional CMO Hire Company UK.

In less than a year after our launch, we were awarded 'Best Fractional CMO Hire Company UK' and 'Excellence in Marketing Auditing' at the 2024 Innovation in Business MarTech Awards.

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