Fractional CMO and Interim CMO – Rich Guth

Fractional CMO and Interim CMO

If your startup needs some strategic marketing management, but not at point where it makes sense to hire a full-time CMO, I can be retained for a few days a week—or even a few hours a week—to serve as your interim CMO or fractional CMO. Maybe your revenues don’t justify the expense of a full-time head of marketing or you’re in between marketing leadership. Or maybe your just not sure what skill set you need in your CMO yet. Regardless, I can take the reigns and help you get your marketing to the next level. I’ve led marketing for tech companies at a variety of stages, from seed funding, through series D to acquisitions.

I can build your marketing function, keep an existing marketing machine running while you look for the right CMO, guide your company through pivots, or increase your curb appeal for an acquisition.

I work virtually or come to your offices depending on your location and needs.

Why an Interim CMO or Fractional CMO is a Good Idea

Benefits of an Interim CMO and
Fractional CMO

As your Interim CMO or Fractional CMO, I can build your marketing machine and launch your company, products, and marketing programs while you confirm you product and market, gain traction, and achieve momentum. Or I can keep your existing marketing machine running while you take time finding the right full-time head of marketing. As your Interim or Fractional CMO, I offer you:

Savings from an Interim CMO or
Fractional CMO

I’ve seen many a startup hire their CMO before they validated their product and market, in fact I have been that CMO a few times. Sometimes the problem is a CMO gets hired too early, before the right go-to-market strategy is known, and turns out not to have the skill set you really need. Or maybe they were just the wrong CMO. What I’ve seen happen is:

Interim CMO and Fractional CMO Services

A Launch

I’ve successfully launched new companies and products dozens of times, once for Steve Jobs. As your Interim CMO, I’ll develop messaging and marketing materials, get your profile on industry websites, publish press releases, launch social media, and create buzz.

Navigate a Pivot

Sometimes the go-to-market strategy you are executing leads to a better opportunity and a pivot. The new direction may require different marketing skills. As your Fractional CMO, I’ll guide you through the pivot until you are ready for your next full-time marketing leader.

Validate a Market

Before spending significant budget pursuing an untested market, as your Interim CMO, I’ll run some test-content marketing programs to validate the market, messages, and product fit so you don’t spend your hard-won funding on the wrong programs or market.

Gain Credibility

Instead of blasting big out of the gate,and risking public mistakes, as your Fractional CMO, I’ll do some very focused, targeted digital marketing programs at specific constituencies with tailored messages that give you traction, credibility and momentum before you go big.

Build the

Having the right foundation of best practices and systems to build your marketing function on will improve your success. As your Interim CMO, my specialist freelancers and I will leave behind a website, marketing automation, standard messaging, and programs.


I can guide the creation, refinement or retooling of a marketing automation program to support lead generation and nurturing programs. As a Fractional CMO, I’ve built and repaired several lead databases. I’ll leave you with a lead funnel model, goals, and metrics.

Marketing Plan

As your Interim CMO, I’ll analyze your website analytics, lead generation results, conversion to opportunity and sales rates, and which channels produce your best leads and customers. I’ll then determine the leads, programs, and spend you need to reach sales goals.

Go-to-Market Strategies

I can create or redirect a marketing machine to support a new go-to-market strategy, as your Fractional CMO. For example, a move from selling technology to products or solutions, targeting verticals, or focusing on specific use cases that best fit your offering.

Manage and
Mentor Teams

I’ve been engaged as an Interim CMO after a head of marketing takes a new job and leaves behind an eager, but junior, marketing team needing leadership. I’ve managed and mentored many marketing talents into star-level players with great future careers.

Content / Digital Marketing

As your Fractional CMO, I can develop the plans and content to drive a year or more of lead generation and nurturing programs. I can then hand over the execution to an in-house marketing operations person to run the programs for the next 18-24 months on their own.

Communication Strategies

As Fractional CMO, I’ll develop a multi-level messaging and positioning platform using a proven process that drives cross-functional buy-in. Then all the related company and product digital content and programs will naturally fall out of the messaging platform.

Increase Value for Acquisition

Somehow I’ve developed best practices to make a company look bigger and more appealing and active in preparation for an acquisition. Even as Interim CMO and Fractional CMO, my efforts have increased valuations and resulted in more than one successful acquisition.

But Don't Take It From Me

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“When my head of marketing left, Rich stepped in as Interim CMO and not only kept our marketing machine running, he also up-leveled it as we looked for strategic investors. He modernized our website, increased our SEO rankings and traffic, maintained a flow of fresh blog content, launched our new product releases, finished our Marketo implementation, and started our lead nurturing programs.” — Mike Azevedo, CEO

Interim CMO Fractional CMO client

“Rich’s messaging and content were instrumental in us communicating the value of our business and technology to our customers and ultimately to our acquiring partner, BroadSoft.” — Prem Uppaluru, CEO

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“As an early-stage, self-funded start-up, we engaged Rich as our Fractional CMO. He quickly got to know our market, product, and target customer and created SEO-ready messaging that he and his team smoothly turned into a website that increased our traffic. He then delivered quality sales presentations, product PDFs, product demo videos, event signage, and sales playbooks for our partners.” — Ken Winer, COO