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March 15, 2024 |

Should I Outsource My Marketing or Keep It In-house?

Which marketing strategy is right for your business? Anne Mitchell offers some options and how you can decide which will be a fit for you.

The array of choices for executing marketing strategies has exploded, thanks to the gig economy, fractional consulting, and geographic dispersion fueled by the pandemic.

These options present an opportunity to precisely tailor marketing efforts to your business needs. So, what’s right for your business? Should you outsource your marketing, or keep it in-house? Let’s explore the options and assess which might align best with your situation.

Execution Options

There are a variety of ways you can execute your marketing efforts. The main ones are:

In-House: All marketing tasks are performed by your own internal team, leveraging company resources and personnel.

Hybrid: A blend of in-house management with selective outsourcing for specific marketing tasks or campaigns to external specialists.

Fractional hybrid: A fractional CMO shoulders complete responsibility for the marketing strategy and its execution, utilizing the right mix of talent to drive results.

Full-service agency outsourcing: The entire marketing function is outsourced to an agency that handles all aspects of strategy, planning, and execution.

Key Considerations for Your Decision

  • Budget: If you have a tight budget, outsourcing can be cost-effective, providing expertise without the overhead of a full-time team.
  • Control and Oversight: If you desire close control over your marketing, in-house teams are the go-to. However, this results in the need for more resources and management.
  • Specialized Expertise: Outsourcing is an excellent way to fill specific skill gaps not covered by your in-house team.
  • Time and Resources: Limited in these areas? An outsourced team can alleviate the burden, allowing you to concentrate on core business functions.

    Anne Mitchell of ChannelSpring

    Anne Mitchell

  • Scalability: Outsourcing offers flexibility that might be challenging for an in-house team.
  • Strategic Leadership: The need for a strategic marketing leader is crucial to consider. Decide if this role is more effective internally or can be efficiently managed through a fractional or outsourced partnership.

Deciding the Best Fit

Each option has merits, but the best fit depends on your unique business needs and goals. Consider using a decision tree to navigate through the choices. An in-house approach allows you to cultivate a dedicated team deeply integrated with your company’s culture and values. This can lead to a more cohesive brand voice and a marketing strategy.

In contrast, the hybrid and full outsourcing models offer a different kind of advantage. They provide agility in adapting to market changes and accessing a diverse range of skills and expertise on demand. Especially with the fractional hybrid model, you can enjoy the benefits of strategic leadership and expertise without the commitment of a full-time hire, giving you a test ground for strategies and roles that keep overheads manageable.

Ultimately, the decision should align with your strategic objectives, budgetary constraints, and the desired direction of your company’s culture.


Anne Mitchell is founder and CEO of ChannelSpring, the channel’s CMO-as-a-Service. With over two decades in the industry, her expertise lies in bridging the gap between traditional marketing techniques and modern digital trends, particularly championing the effectiveness of fractional marketing. Get to know more about Mitchell at channelWise.

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