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Updated Jul 05, 2024

Yes, Your Small Business Needs an ‘About’ Page

Your website's About page wields more marketing muscle than any other content piece.

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Written By: Jennifer DublinoSenior Writer & Expert on Business Operations
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The About page is a fundamental element of a business’s website design, but many business owners don’t give it much thought or attention. It’s tempting to fill out your About page quickly with an uninspiring bio and buzzwords like “innovation” and “excellence.” However, if you don’t maximize your About page’s potential, you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity. 

Your About page is a vital digital asset and one of your website’s most frequently visited pages. Anyone who wants to learn more about your company will head to the About page. We’ll explain why an About page is a crucial content element and explore best practices for creating an About page that displays your business in the best possible light. 

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The importance of your About page 

You may wonder why so many people visit the About page. Shouldn’t they look at the services or pricing sections first, or check out your content and resources? The About page’s popularity makes sense for several reasons.

1. The About page fosters familiarity and trust. 

When you meet a new person at an event, what’s the first thing you do? You’ll likely check for similarities and ask about their background, hobbies and more. You’ll try to discern whether their story is similar to yours. When you feel a genuine connection, you may consider investing in the relationship. 

Similarly, when a prospect visits your website for the first time, they’ll head to the About page to determine if they can trust you. They want to know your brand story and see if you have the experience, knowledge and expertise to solve their problems. 

At this stage of the customer journey, your prospects want to understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. If your About page includes elements of your mission statement or company vision, readers can determine if your business resonates with them and aligns with their values and needs. 

2. The About page helps visitors understand their options. 

The About page is also the perfect place for visitors to narrow their options quickly.

For example, say Company A’s About page discusses creating the highest-quality product in the industry. However, Company B’s About page mentions its desire to make the product affordable and accessible to all. If the visitor seeks a higher-cost, higher-quality product, they’ll want to know more about Company A’s products. If cost is a significant issue, they’ll be more inclined to buy from Company B. 

3. The About page humanizes your business.

The About page helps to humanize your business by telling visitors about you and your team. Put a face to a name and title, and let your photos and bios reassure visitors that they’re dealing with real humans who understand their needs.

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Ensure your About page follows your existing website design and includes consistent brand elements, like your company logo and website color scheme and fonts. Use verifiable facts and phrases to demonstrate your credibility.

How to write an About page

When you craft your About page, make sure to do the following:

  1. Tell website visitors what you do. Start your About page by clearly detailing the company’s mission and purpose, without using any jargon. For example, let’s say you’re a healthcare software provider. An About page that starts with “We create software that makes it easier for healthcare providers to manage their practices,” is much more compelling and descriptive than “Our solutions protect sensitive data and offer multiple ways to gain insights about the people that you serve.”
  2. Give prospective customers a reason to buy from you. After sharing what you do, you should explain how your company, products and services are different and better than competitors’. Clearly convey how your offerings can benefit prospective customers. Include a sentence or two explaining how customers can rely on your company to back up its products and services with a great customer experience, both before and after the sale.
  3. Add humanizing elements. For example, write a brief paragraph that explains your company’s history, founders and values. Consider including photos of your company’s founders, key employees and your product creation process. If your company has a storied local history, adding photos of the original building is a nice touch. Be sure to use a friendly tone to further humanize your brand. 
  4. End your About page with a call to action (CTA). Don’t leave your prospect hanging. If you’ve effectively introduced your company on your About page, a CTA can seal the deal. A CTA invites your website visitors to take another step. You can ask visitors to subscribe to your blog, download a whitepaper or enter their email addresses as part of your lead generation strategy. Here are some examples of strong About page CTAs:
  • “Check out our [product name]”
  • “Start your free trial”
  • “Browse our catalog”
  • “Schedule an appointment”
  • “Shop now”

Best practices for creating an About page

It may take time to find your company’s unique identity and voice and translate them into well-crafted copy. However, consider the following guidelines as you begin creating a compelling About page. 

Focus on the customer.

Your About page doesn’t have to be all about you. Website visitors are there because they’re facing a problem or challenge and need your help. If you can prove you understand their problems, they’ll feel more inclined to trust you.

Don’t glorify your company by including only big philosophical missions and visions on your About page. Instead, share your company’s mission while making it clear that you’re here to solve your customers’ problems. 

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Consider including client testimonials and positive customer reviews to demonstrate your high-quality products and services.

Tell your story.

Storytelling is a compelling way to capture your audience’s attention. An engaging story about your business’s humble beginnings can establish immediate trust in your customer’s minds. 

Share how your products or services were developed to improve lives. Discuss problems or challenges you faced that led you to start this business. If your business is family-owned, let visitors know. Genuine stories humanize your brand, which provides context and meaning for your business.

Include contact information.

Many businesses feature key employees, including photos and short bios, on their About pages. Introducing your team will make your business look more authentic and human. 

Include team members’ contact information so visitors can reach out to them. For example, if someone wants to access your sales team, they’ll know precisely whom to contact. Linking this information can also help you build an email marketing list of interested prospects.

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Consider including video content, such as a personal message, on your About page. Videos can help you build brand trust, and they are often more engaging than text.

Make your About page memorable.

Whatever you do, don’t make your About page boring. Strive to create a lasting impression in your prospects’ minds so they don’t forget you the moment they close the tab. 

People are far more likely to do business with people they like, and your About page can make all the difference in helping visitors form the right first impression. Additionally, make your About page copy consistent with your brand. And while it should be professional, a bit of humor is always welcome. 

Toot your own horn.

Although you don’t want to sound obnoxious, the About page is the place to tell prospects about your accomplishments. Showcase anything that builds credibility, including the following information:

  • The number of years you’ve been in business (if it’s a long time)
  • Your experience in the industry and related fields
  • Any patents, copyrights and other proprietary intellectual property you own
  • The owner’s and executive team’s relevant education, training and certifications
  • Awards your company has received
  • Honors anyone on your executive team has received 
  • Company or product certifications, like ISO or Microsoft Partner, or evidence that you’re OSHA-compliant
  • Certifications or practices related to sustainability, such as LEED, B Corp or Energy Star
  • Statistics and survey data that demonstrate your success, such as customer satisfaction survey results, reviews (number of stars and number of reviews), the size of your customer base, the percentage of repeat customers, and the percentage of business from referrals 

Share your values.

Tell prospects what’s important to you. When visitors see that you share their values, they’ll feel more comfortable buying from you. 

Consider sharing these company values: 

Choose and highlight the top three or four values that are the most important to your company. If your target audience is particularly focused on these values, discuss how you put them into action.

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Your About page should be brief. You can go into more detail about your products' features and benefits on your product pages. The About page should only touch on that information so visitors gain a sense of what you offer.

Examples of effective About pages

You can learn from companies that do an outstanding job with their About pages. Use the following brands for inspiration.

Yeti

Outdoor products manufacturer Yeti excels in visual storytelling. Its About page shows multiple action shots and videos of its founders and others engaging in outdoor activities. Its tagline, “Built for the Wild,” immediately identifies its target audience: people who enjoy fishing, hunting, diving and the great outdoors. The copy discusses how the company’s founders were frustrated with existing coolers and set out to build better-performing products.

The About page continues by sharing the company’s commitment to quality and durability, which flows into all its products. It provides social proof by saying the company’s “products have been embraced by communities and outdoor pros across the world.” The page finishes with a statement of the company’s values, which include protecting wild environments.

Yeti About Us page
Yeti About Us page

Chime

If you’ve never heard of Chime, you would be forgiven for thinking it had something to do with doorbells. However, the banking app’s About page immediately tells you what the company does, how it does it and why it’s better than the competition. The About page states the company’s mission, shows its leadership team, discusses its culture and highlights its values. Seemingly candid photos of the company’s young, happy staff at work add a humanizing touch.

Chime About Us page

Salesforce

When you think about the giant sales management software company Salesforce, you might expect its About page to be stiff and impersonal. However, the company takes an entirely different approach. While the rest of the Salesforce website is relatively plain, straightforward and full of text, the About page features cute cartoon characters and has a friendly, nontechnical tone.

The copy doesn’t discuss Salesforce’s superior technology. Instead, it focuses on customers. The About page positions the company as one that sells tools to help its business customers connect with their customers to drive success and, ultimately, create positive change. The word “trust” is used repeatedly in references to Salesforce’s innovation in providing cloud computing solutions; it’s even included in the featured testimonial. The About page’s message conveys that technology is nothing to be afraid of; instead, it can help businesses create connections and trust with their customers.

Salesforce About Us page

Get the most from your About page

Your About page isn’t just a standard website design requirement. A compelling, thoughtful About page can help generate leads, boost website traffic and present your organization in the best possible light, especially for small businesses without an established brand value.

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Written By: Jennifer DublinoSenior Writer & Expert on Business Operations
Jennifer Dublino is an experienced entrepreneur and astute marketing strategist. With over three decades of industry experience, she has been a guiding force for many businesses, offering invaluable expertise in market research, strategic planning, budget allocation, lead generation and beyond. Earlier in her career, Dublino established, nurtured and successfully sold her own marketing firm. Dublino, who has a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA in marketing and finance, also served as the chief operating officer of the Scent Marketing Institute, showcasing her ability to navigate diverse sectors within the marketing landscape. Over the years, Dublino has amassed a comprehensive understanding of business operations across a wide array of areas, ranging from credit card processing to compensation management. Her insights and expertise have earned her recognition, with her contributions quoted in reputable publications such as Reuters, Adweek, AdAge and others.
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