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  • Writer's pictureHilary Young

How A Fractional Director of Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business

I’ve started to notice a trend in the business world: the position of Chief Marketing Officer is becoming a bit more obsolete in today’s ever-changing digital and AI-enabled world. In many cases, organizations are choosing to forgo the traditional role of a CMO and instead hire specialized growth experts that are focused on specific areas for their business, such as brand strategy, growth marketing, or paid partnerships.

When growing a business, it’s not always possible (or financially savvy) to employ a head of marketing in a full-time capacity. By freeing up your marketing budget for more specific, dedicated roles, however, you don’t want to overlook the importance of being able to tie it all together with one cohesive strategy.

That’s where a fractional Director of Marketing comes in.

What Is a Fractional Director of Marketing?

A fractional Director of Marketing is a marketing professional who works part-time or on a project basis for a business, typically as a contractor or consultant, rather than as a full-time employee. The term "fractional" means they only spend a fraction of their time with the company, as opposed to being fully dedicated to the role for 40+ hours per week. Fractional marketing heads are commonly hired by small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the budget or need for a full-time marketing executive, but still require strategic marketing leadership and expertise.

How Can a Fractional Director of Marketing Help Your Business?

In addition to helping guide your growing business to marketing success, a fractional Director of Marketing can bring several benefits to your business, including:

  1. Strategic Marketing Leadership: A fractional Director of Marketing can provide strategic direction and leadership to your marketing efforts. They can assess your business goals, target market, and competitive landscape, and develop comprehensive marketing strategies and plans aligned with your business objectives.

  2. Expertise and Experience: A fractional Director of Marketing can provide you with guidance and recommendations on best practices, marketing trends, and effective marketing tactics to help you stay ahead of the competition. They can also leverage their network and industry connections to access valuable marketing resources and opportunities for new business.

  3. Flexibility and Cost-Effectiveness: Hiring a fractional Director of Marketing provides flexibility to your business in terms of cost and commitment. You can engage them for specific projects, or for a certain number of hours per week or month, allowing you to control costs and scale your marketing efforts according to your needs. Fractional Directors of Marketing can be a cost-effective solution compared to hiring a full-time marketing executive, by avoiding the costs associated with employee benefits, office space, equipment, etc.

  4. Objectivity and New Perspectives: These experts often bring fresh perspectives and unbiased insights to your business. As an external consultant, they can provide an objective assessment of your marketing efforts and identify areas for improvement. They can challenge assumptions, bring new ideas to the table, and provide innovative solutions to your greatest marketing challenges.

  5. Improved Marketing Performance: With their expertise and strategic guidance, fractional Directors of Marketing can help improve your marketing performance. They can monitor and measure the effectiveness of your marketing initiatives, analyze metrics, and provide recommendations for optimizing marketing.

Although this one is not a guarantee across the board, I'll also add that when I have served as a fractional head of marketing for clients, I have also had the opportunity to manage and mentor young talent. It's one of my favorite aspects of the job, especially since I have gained so much knowledge and insight from those relationships.

A New Way to Approach Your Marketing

Bringing in a fractional Director of Marketing can bring a fresh perspective, specialized expertise, flexibility, and a results-driven approach to your marketing efforts. It might seem counter-intuitive to have such an important role in a part-time capacity, but the benefit is really a streamlining productivity and being strategic about how time and resources are being spent.

Ready to take your marketing efforts to the next level? I'd love to chat with you about your business needs. Contact me to get the conversation started.


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