The Virtual CMO

The Virtual CMO

The Virtual CMO podcast discusses growth marketing strategies for SMBs and how new technologies are improving marketing effectiveness. Hosted by Eric Dickmann, founder of The Five Echelon Group and a fractional CMO, the podcast focuses on building strategic marketing plans and executing successful growth marketing programs. It includes interviews with industry thought leaders who share their experiences and insights. The show highlights new marketing automation platforms, AI-enabled tools, and other cutting-edge technologies that can enhance marketing campaigns.


February 3, 2023 30 mins

In episode 124, host Eric Dickmann welcomes guest, Natalie Swan, a Fractional CMO at Swan & Associates. Natalie shares her unique perspective on the importance of marketing strategy. She shares insights on the necessity of having a clear marketing strategy and how important it is to implement tactics that align with a company's overarching goals.

Natalie tackles the confusion that often surrounds marketing, empha...

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In episode 123, host Eric Dickmann talks with Nancy Fox - Co-Founder and Fractional CMO of Fractional Connections, an association of fractional executives and SMB owners. Over the years, she has trained and coached executive leaders and corporate professionals to enhance their leadership, communication, and business development skills. Nancy is a community and network builder, a keynote speaker, and the author of "Network Like...

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In episode 122, host Eric Dickmann talks with Dean Waye - CEO of WayeCreative, a copywriting firm helping businesses and fractional CMOs attract, impress, and lock in new clients.

Dean Wayne also co-hosts "This Audience Means Business," an interactive LinkedIn live show where he and his guests discuss and review company messaging.

For more information and access to the resources mentioned in this episode, visit: h...

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In episode 121, host Eric Dickmann talks with Nick Rimsa - Owner of Tortoise Labs where he offers services as fractional Co-Founder to help ambitious entrepreneurs develop their ideas into profitable apps, products, and services.

Located in Maine, Tortise Labs has a mission is to help Mainers turn their ideas into profitable, scalable startups.

For more information and access to the resources mentioned in this ep...

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In episode 120, host Eric Dickmann talks with Stacey Danheiser- Founder and CMO of Shake Marketing Group, a B2B focused marketing strategy group. Stacey has years of experience helping B2B companies to grow their revenue, build connections, and uncover customer value as a fractional CMO. As a community builder, she helps other marketers connect and grow through The Soar Marketing Society, a professional online marketing community.


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In episode 119, host Eric Dickmann talks with John Rossman - Founder and Managing Partner of Rossman Partners, a digital transformation marketing agency. Previously, John served as an executive at where he played a key role in launching the Amazon Marketplace business as the Director of Merchant Integration and went on to have responsibilities for the enterprise business.  He leverages Amazon's leadership principles...

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In episode 118, host Eric Dickmann talks with Brett Schklar - Managing Partner of Grow Powerful, a company focused on matching fractional CMOs with venture capital-backed  B2B tech companies. Brett is a proven growth strategist who uses a powerful combination of brand building, storytelling, lead generation, and marketing execution to help emerging companies find their paths to growth and uncover demand for innovative technologies ...

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In episode 117, host Eric Dickmann talks with Nirosha Methananda - VP of Marketing of Influ2, a person-based advertising solution for B2B marketers. We discuss BGM, buying group marketing, and the importance of understanding how buying decisions are influenced within B2B organizations.

Influ2 delivers ads directly to decision-makers at target accounts giving B2B marketing and sales teams tangible ad engagement metrics to d...

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In episode 116, host Eric Dickmann talks with Amanda Rabideau- Founder and CEO of Arch Collective, a Fractional CMO agency for tech startups. Amanda has over 15 years of experience growing businesses using effective marketing, strategy, and scale practices. Throughout her career, she has worked with large enterprises to improve their business models.

Arch Collective is a Fractional CMO agency that helps tech startups with ...

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In episode 112, host Eric Dickmann interviews Lindsay Tjepkema. Lindsay is a business leader, speaker, podcaster, and CEO & Co-Founder of Casted- the first and only amplified marketing platform.

With more than 15 years of experience in B2B marketing, Lindsay is a dynamic leader who has had tremendous success building and growing marketing teams on a local and global level. After launching a branded podcast for a global marketing...

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In episode 111, host Eric Dickmann interviews Justin Varuzzo. Justin has over 20 years of experience focusing on the intersection of marketing and customer service. This led him to start the Marketing and Service podcast for business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to build stronger customer relationships and set themselves apart from their competitors. The podcast features successful business leaders who reveal how they overcam...

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In episode 110, host Eric Dickmann interviews Dmitrii Kustov. Dmitrii currently serves as the Internet Marketing Director of Regex SEO, a digital marketing and web design company based in Houston, and has been helping businesses build their online presence through innovative marketing campaigns.

 Regex SEO is a full-service agency that develops comprehensive digital marketing strategies. 

 Working with clients, Dmitrii focuses on bui...

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In episode 109, host Eric Dickmann interviews Erik Newton. Erik currently serves as the Vice President of Milestone Inc., a digital marketing software and services company and has recently published a management and self-development book, called- “Hack the Corporate Fast Track.”

Milestone Internet Marketing Inc. aims to organize and amplify digital information to reach the right audience through digital media advertising, social med...

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In episode 108, host Eric Dickmann interviews Chris Mercer. Over the years, Chris has been helping companies measure their marketing metrics, so they know what’s working and what’s not. Today, Chris serves as a Measurement Marketer at helps businesses know their numbers to secure better, profit-generating results. Their services are focused on Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Goo...

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In episode 107, host Eric Dickmann interviews Christopher Willis. With over 20 years of experience growing companies in the technology sector, Christopher is recognized as a thought leader in the areas of AI, DEI, and Content Governance. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Acrolinx, an AI-powered content governance solution that improves the quality and impact of your content to produce better results. 

 Aside from...

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In episode 106, host Eric Dickmann interviews Steve Wiideman. Steve is an SEM & SEO expert, writer, educator, and business consultant. For over 22 years, he has been helping startups, SMBs, and Fortune 5000 companies develop creative growth strategies to ensure sustainable growth.

With his passion for SEO and growing businesses, Steve started Wiideman Consulting Group where he advises clients on SEO, link-earning, multi-location...

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In episode 105, host Eric Dickmann interviews Chris West. Chris leads the world's leading strategic brand consultancy focusing on brand language. Verbal Identity has created distinctive and engaging brand voices for global and national brands, relaunches, and startups, from B2B, B2C, and everything in between.  

Chris founded Verbal Identity in 2010 to advise clients on the power of brand language. His 30 years' experience...

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In episode 104, host Eric Dickmann interviews Lee Wochner. Lee is highly regarded as a strategic leader and facilitator able to help people grow and change. With more than 25 years of organizational consulting both independently and with Counterintuity, Lee has worked with non-profits, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and small businesses.

Counterintuity is a full-service marketing agency headquartered in Los Angeles. Sin...

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 In episode 103, host Eric Dickmann interviews Terry Jones. Terry is a travel and IT veteran, serial entrepreneur, speaker, and author of "On Innovation" and "Disruption Off." He is also known as the Digital Disruptor who founded five startups with two billion-dollar IPOs -Kayak and Travelocity.  

He has served on 17 corporate boards and his reputation has established him as a thought leader on innovati...

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In episode 102, host Eric Dickmann interviews Joey Donovan Guido. Joey is an SEO and web design expert, speaker, business consultant, and author with over two decades of experience as a copywriter working in print and on the web. He is the owner of Cuppa SEO Web Design based in Madison, Wisconsin which focuses on strategy and architecture. 

With a passion for search engine optimization, Joey realized the importance of looking at web...

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