The About Us page on a website is one that is often overlooked and underestimated by web designers and marketers alike. Research shows that when potential customers get to know you on a personal basis, they may be more likely to buy from you. In fact, a 2006 MarketingSherpa Report reveals that rewriting your About Us page to be more personable can lift e-commerce conversions by up to 30%.
And yet the majority of About Us pages describe what the company is all about and nothing more. However, pictures, videos, and personal bios of key members of the company are rarely used to allow visitors to truly “get to know” you, increasing the likelihood of a purchase, registration, subscription, or whatever call to action you seek to achieve.
7 Guidelines for a More Effective About Us Page
- Pictures are worth thousands of words. Be sure to add pictures of yourself or the staff. People like pictures and they are easier on the eyes than words. Humans are attracted to humans, so make sure you show pictures of who they may be dealing with, or who is in charge of the organization.
- Don’t make your About Us page another sales pitch. That’s what your landing and sales pages are for. Your customer wants to know about you- that’s why they clicked the link to get to this page. Deliver.
- Tell a story. How was your company founded? Let customers in on the history of your company, as well as any interesting facts that may stick out in their mind. You shouldn’t provide the entire history of your company on this page- although if you wish to include it on your site, summarize the history briefly and then create a separate page for this information (don’t forget pictures!).
- Include Mission Statements. If your company has a mission statement that is concrete and followed, include it on your About Us page. However, if its empty or outdated- consider rewriting it before adding it.
- Lead them deeper. Each page of your site should include some call to action to carry the visitor deeper into the site. Invite the customer to learn more about the history of the company, or to see samples of the work the company has completed. The key is to get them to click again. Often, About Us pages can be the point of exit for some visitors.
- Stay Social. Let visitors know where they can find you or employees on social media sites such as twitter or Facebook. I prefer to use images/badges/buttons for access to these pages for recognition and an increase in the likelihood of a click.
- Invite Visitors to Stay and Chat. Invite the visitor to contact you, either via a link or a contact form.
It’s also important to remember to keep with the personality and general feel of your company. If you’re a fun company, make your About Us page fun. If you’re selling a more serious service, such as banking or security, stick to a more professional approach- but be sure to remain warm.
Don’t waste your web space. Instead, strategically use your About Us page to gain trust by showing visitors that there are real people behind the organization or site. A heavy disadvantage to the website-visitor relationship is that you lack the personable contact of a meeting or sales call-use this page to try to counter that disadvantage. Doing so will give you a leg up over the competition and the basis for a loyal, and perhaps profitable customer-company relationship.
To learn more about how your About Us page can be improved, inquire about a full website evaluation and analysis via email or contact form. You will be provided with a usability rating, areas that need to be improved upon, and specific guidelines for how to rectify the weak areas of your site. For more information on this and more services I provide, check out my available Services.
More Tips for a Great About Us Page
- The Power of the About Us Page by Bryan Eisenberg
- 5 Easy Ways to Make Your About Us Page More About Your Customers by Stoney deGeyter
- The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist for the About Us Page by Stoney deGeyter
- Five Rules for Your About Page by Seth Godin
- The Essence of About Us Page With 12 Captivating Showcases by Charlotte