Meet Christopher Willis the CMO/CPO of Acrolinx.

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Episode Summary

As a young person in technology, we often believe the product creates the value of an organization. We build a product and tend to focus more on the product itself rather than the identification around how our customers value our brand.

Make no mistake, a solid product matters.

But from an external perspective, strategy matters more. Because let’s face it, we need to run a business around it.
Meet Christopher Willis, an AI content governance and brand alignment strategy expert who is currently serving as CMO/CPO at Acrolinx. He joins the Radically Transparent podcast to talk about an interesting lesson he learned back in 2011 that he wished he would have known sooner.

Throughout the episode, Chris opens up about a former rebrand that happened to coincide with a magic quadrant where the organization he was leading at the time was being tracked. That specific year, there was no product launch or major product innovation, yet they moved up and right (which is the direction you want to move on a quadrant!) but the question remained, how did they do that?

Christopher attributes the move in the right direction to all the work the team had done in rebranding around defining the true identification of the brand. He even opens up about the multiple challenges of category creation, and some of the biggest obstacles he’s facing today as he creates a new category while trying to align everything together.

Hot Topics of this Episode:

  • Going beyond the product and how to talk about all the things that matter to the outside world about your organization
  • Christopher’s biggest challenge when it comes to category creation and what he would have done sooner to make the concept of content governance easier to consume
  • How to get your competitors to speak the same language as you, so your audience understands and sees value in both you and your category

Meet Christopher Willis

Christopher P Willis is Acrolinx’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for all aspects of the company’s Marketing strategy. Christopher is a specialist in Content Governance, AI, and pipeline management with over 20 years of experience growing companies in the technology sector. Before joining Acrolinx, Christopher held leadership roles in marketing, creative, technical, and business development at companies including Perfecto, Pyxis Mobile, KPMG-CT, ModelGolf, and Cambridge Technology Group.

Willis is a recognized thought leader in the areas of AI, DEI, and Content Governance, and is active within industry groups dedicated to the growth and health of Marketing Technology and the verticals he serves.

Christopher is a dynamic, captivating, and knowledgeable speaker, with insightful stories from his many years working with some of the biggest tech names in the world, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of his thoughts on the importance of content governance and brand alignment today are incredibly valuable and actionable for a range of audiences in tech, operations, leadership, and brand alignment.

Christopher is also a CrossFit coach and passionate about physical health, as well as sports discipline and team-building. Hosts and listeners will love his tips and insights on how to keep fit mentally and physically in today’s business world.

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