Hire an Interim CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).

If your business is facing a marketing leader absence, hire an Interim CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) for short-term cover. Pay-As-You-Go, discounted Retainer Agreement, and fixed price engagement plans available. From £750 per day (ex VAT).


What Responsibilities Does an Interim CMO Have?

An Interim CMO brings the same wide-ranging skills and knowledge as a Chief Marketing Officer, expertly steering your organisation's marketing strategies to success, all while offering the flexibility and affordability not typically found in a full-time Executive role.

Business Scenarios for Considering an Interim Chief Marketing Officer

Interim CMOs are required when unexpected marketing challenges surface. Operating without a CMO can be a drain on resources, lower morale, and slow growth. The following scenarios usually trigger the need for an Interim CMO:

  • CMO Vacancy: When your current CMO resigns, retires, or is unavailable, leaving a leadership gap.
  • Transition Period: During the search for a permanent CMO, to maintain marketing functions and strategic direction.
  • Strategic Initiatives: For executing critical marketing projects or campaigns requiring specialised expertise.
  • Crisis Management: Addressing marketing crises, such as reputation damage or sudden market shifts.
  • Rapid Growth: Managing increased marketing demands without immediate access to a full-time CMO.
  • Restructuring: Implementing marketing department changes or re-organisation.
  • Change Management: Overseeing marketing transformations or adapting to new market dynamics.
  • Skill Enhancement: Supplementing in-house teams with temporary leadership to build marketing capabilities.

What Are the Alternatives of Hiring an Interim CMO?

When you need to find temporary leadership cover for your CMO there other options to consider, each with their advantages and disadvantages. These include:

  • Marketing Consultant: Hire a marketing expert on a project basis to provide targeted guidance and solutions for specific marketing challenges.
  • Fractional Marketing Executive: Fractional CMOs and Virtual CMOs are new leadership models gaining popularity and means you can get agile support without going through the traditional recruitment process.
  • Marketing Advisor: Collaborate with a seasoned marketing professional who provides advice and expertise as needed, tailored to your unique needs.
  • Non-Executive Director: Appoint a non-executive board member with marketing expertise to offer strategic input and oversight on marketing initiatives.
  • Marketing Agency: Partner with a marketing agency that offers interim CMO services as part of a broader marketing package, combining expertise with execution capabilities.

In-house Options

A more cost-effective and convenient solution could include in-house options to cover the temporary absence:

  • Cross-Functional Team Member: Assign a capable marketing team member to temporarily step into an interim CMO role while maintaining their existing responsibilities.
  • Internal Promotion: Identify and promote a high-performing marketing professional within your organisation to serve as an interim CMO during a transition.
  • Secondment or Loaned Executive: Borrow a marketing executive from another department within your company or a partner organisation for a temporary CMO role.
  • Contract Marketing Agency: Collaborate with an existing marketing agency specialising in interim CMO services to embed a temporary leader within your in-house team.

Each of the above options carry pros and cons, so you must give each option careful consideration.

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

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

Key features of our Interim CMO hiring service...

Accredited Marketing Expertise.

Our hand-picked marketers 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.

Affordable Services.

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 hiring a full-time CMO. Additionally, our equitable pricing philosophy ensures smaller businesses are charged less compared to larger enterprises.

Adaptable Solutions.

Our solutions are designed to accommodate businesses of all sizes, budgets, and evolving needs. We can operate on-site, off-site, or through a hybrid model. With flexible pricing options, including pay-as-you-go, discounted retainers, and fixed prices, you can tailor our services to meet your financial and operational needs.

Agile On-Boarding.

Our agile approach allows us to become 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.


Hire an Interim CMO from £750 Per Day (ex VAT).

Our pricing approach is structured around a standard daily rate, which increases as your business scales. Our philosophy recognises that smaller, early-stage companies often have less complex marketing requirements and limited budgets compared to larger, established enterprises.

Special Introductory Offer for New Clients.

50% discount

Try out our Interim CMOs at half price! New clients can enjoy a 50% discount on the standard day rate for your first two days. This low-risk opportunity allows you to experience first-hand the immediate value our seasoned marketing experts can deliver to your business.

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50% discount

Special Introductory Offer for New Clients.

Try out our Interim CMOs at half price! New clients can enjoy a 50% discount on the standard day rate for your first two days. This low-risk opportunity allows you to experience first-hand the immediate value our seasoned marketing experts can deliver to your business.


If your business requires an Interim CMO and you'd like to find out more, simply get in touch.

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