The main problem you see on the average ecommerce About Us page is that it’s totally dedicated to talking about the company. An About Us page that focuses on your ecommerce brand – what a crazy idea!
But consider this – an About Us page isn’t just about you or your company. It’s about why a customer should emotionally invest in your brand. It’s about why you’re the best person to solve your customer’s problem.
And in the world of ecommerce, that’s what you’re doing – building trust and providing a product that solves a customer’s problem.
This article will go over this idea in more detail, concentrating on:
- The role an About Us page plays in your brand image
- What you should and shouldn’t put on your About Us page
- Some killer About Us page examples
So let’s jump straight in!
What is an About Us page
An About Us page gives online shoppers insight into your brand and the people behind it. This can include:
- How you started your brand
- What makes you and your brand unique
- What are your brand values and beliefs
- Why customers should choose you
Take a look at About Us page by the yoga mat company Form. Two short paragraphs clearly define what the brand is all about – product design, sustainability, and performance.
Telling a story on your About Us page is a great way to build trust with your potential customer.
Because after reading it, your customers are more emotionally invested in your brand. If they can relate to the same values, hardships or victories that you’ve faced, you’ll start to build that rapport.
Why you need an About Us page
An About Us page is crucial when building relationships with your customers. If you’re still not sure whether you need this page on your website, here are a few more reasons why working on it is a good idea:
1. It’s popular with new visitors
On average, more people visit an About Us page than just about any other page on your website. Why is that?
People are naturally curious, and not only about the products. They also love stories and learning more about the brand itself. An About Us page quenches all three of these thirsts. So it’s crucial to create a page that capitalizes on the curiosity of your potential customers.
2. It shows off why you’re unique
No one else is running a business like yours for the same reasons that you are. Your About Us page is a great place to tell this.
Your unique story is what sets yourself apart from the competition and your About Page is the place you can highlight the most important difference. Besides, if people have met similar hardships and triumphs as your brand, they’ll be naturally attracted to your story.
3. It solidifies your brand image
Your About Us page is a great place to affirm exactly who you are and the way you want to be perceived by the word.
Goat Story creates unique coffee accessories for coffee lovers of all kinds. They’ve used a minimalistic photo shoot, with all employees dressed in similar tones and styles to highlight the brand’s image.
Just like their website, product packaging and website copy, there’s nothing that’s obnoxiously loud or distracting – it’s just darn good – like their product. It’s one of the many About Us page examples that somewhat uses psychology to its advantage.
So now that you know the effect a good About Us page can have, read on to see what you need to include into yours!
What needs to go in an About Us page
Your About Us page can be made up of whatever you feel is the most important things to your brand. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few suggestions that make amazing elements of any About Us Page.
But remember that this list is by no means extensive. Depending on your industry specifics, there may be more things that you’d like to include to assert your brand’s position in the market. The following elements are merely a handful of things that can help you do just that.
Unique value proposition
Find your company’s unique selling point and draw attention to it by building your About Us page around it. For example, if your unique selling point is a lenient returns policy, focus on why you have a lenient returns policy.
If your unique selling point is that your products are sourced from renewable materials, explain why that’s important to your brand.
The human eye is naturally drawn to faces. In the previous Goat Story image, I bet that you immediately started to look at the faces of people, and didn’t even notice the coffee they’re drinking.
By including the faces of your founders or the entire team, you can somewhat control where your reader looks. But if you’re a solopreneur, a simple profile shot of yourself should be enough to put a physical face to the company.
As mentioned earlier, your brand story is what makes you unique. There is no other story quite like yours, so it’s important that you draw attention to it.
Software company Morningscore does this in the form of a timeline of achievements.
As an ecommerce business owner, you too can use timeline storytelling. Important events in your brand’s history can include:
- When you had the idea of your brand
- When you sold your first product
- When you made your first 100 sales
- When you hired your first employee
But of course, it’s not the only way to share your story. Take a look at simple yet original brand story by makeup and skincare brand 100% Pure.
As you can see, brand storytelling lets you connect with your audience through shared values. It’s also one the most powerful ways to breathe life into your brand. So be honest and real about your brand and ideas behind it.
No matter how tempting it might be, don’t write a story that stretches over 2000 words – it’s very unlikely a customer will read it all anyway. Instead, keep it short, relevant and on-point. Avoid being too self-praising, babbling on and going offtopic.
Behind the scenes
In a world where the internet is as prevalent as it is (you’re using it now), transparency in manufacturing is a marketable asset – a necessity, rather than an option.
With many brands now appealing to certain audiences by using sustainable materials or paying above minimum wage, consumers want to know the insides of your company more than anything.
Embrace this, and show it off to the world.
Something as simple as a handful of photos of your product being manufactured can be enough to give curious customers a look into the inner workings of your company.
Here you can see how fashion label Intotheam do just that:
Consider using behind the scenes photos along with some text to explain the production process of your items. This leaves your reader feeling that they know exactly what they’re buying and exactly where it comes from.
If you’re a Printful customer, make sure to check out our production footage page. We’ve created a gallery full of photos and videos to help your customers get a closer look at how your products are made.
You’d be surprised to learn how much better some customers may feel after learning where your business is based. By mentioning where you’re from, you can further build trust with people of that area.
“Oh they’re located in Sacramento, I used to holiday there!”
Don’t hesitate to mention the location of both your office and where your product is shipped from because it can help erode a buyer’s reluctance to buy from you.
Here’s how Printful solves the ‘I’m worried it’ll take me ages to get my product’ problem:
The answer: “We’re in the US, Mexico, and Europe. It won’t take long.”
What is the next thing you want your customers to do once they finish reading your About Us page? You probably don’t want them just left sitting there at the bottom of the page with nothing to do.
Create a CTA to send them back to your shop, include a contact form, or get them to sign up to your newsletter.
At this point – the bottom of your About Us page – is a place where your reader is active and engaged with your brand, so use it wisely.
Consider the fold
“Above the fold” is the part of the website that can be seen before a user has to scroll. As you’d imagine, this point varies depending on the devices and screen size.
But why you should care about it?
Any marketer in the world of ecommerce knows that capturing people’s attention is only part of the problem. Keeping their attention is just as important. Designing your About Us page with content that’s above the fold encourages a user to scroll down and explore the rest of the page.
You can find the average fold line on your website manually. Just visit your site on a wide range of devices, using different browsers and see where the page usually finishes.
Here’s how Nike website looks when opened on Google Chrome using a 13-inch computer screen:
However, if you want to learn where the average fold line is on your website based on user behavior, you should probably use tools like Hotjar.
Keep it updated
Once you’ve created a killer About Us page, share it with the world. But don’t forget to update it every once in a while.
You see, well-written About Us page can build trust in ways that no other page can. But an old, outdated page shows neglect, and as a result, destroys trust. To avoid this from happening, get into the habit of updating it every 6 months or so.
There are a lot more things you can do and experiment with, so don’t be afraid to try different things. You may like to put a video on your page, or have a contact form on there, too.
What’s best for you and your brand is something that only you can figure out, through regular testing and assessing!
What not to put in an About Us page
Awesome, you now know what should be included in an About Us page, but is there something you should leave out? Of course!
Save the hype for social media. Your About Us page is to build a rapport and bond with your customers. You don’t do that by saying how you met Elon Musk’s former roommate, or saying how your product is going to disrupt an industry.
For the same reason that you don’t hype your brand up, you don’t use your About Us page to sell.
While people who are reading this page may be interested in your product, at this moment in time, they’re interested in you. Keep the focus on your brand as an entity and what makes you unique and important – not your products.
Great About Us page examples
Nothing can beat learning from the real-life examples. So let’s take a look at some of the best About Us pages for ecommerce brands, and see why they’re good.
1. Happy Socks
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you visit Abou Us page by Happy Socks?
Color is something that the Happy Socks brand is incredibly well known for. All their products are bright, eye-catching and…happy. We love that this About Us page perfectly represents the brand.
2. Flip Flop Shops
Try finding new ways to introduce your brand to the world. Your About Us page is the right place to show off your company’s culture or sense of humor.
Flip Flop Shops specialize in selling flip flops so they can get away with using pictures of their team member’s feed instead of regular headshots. This unique way of showing off their team gives you an idea of how passionate the company is about what they do.
3. Think Crucial
Think Crucial is a marketplace that sells almost everything you need around the house, but don’t want to spend big bucks on. Batteries, filters, ink, everything you need to be a responsible adult.
While what ThinkCrucial does isn’t that new, the team do a great job at showing why they’re different.
Unlike their competition, they give back to the environment. In an industry that’s all about ‘consume consume consume’ (literally, they sell consumables), they give back to the earth.
By siding with an environmental charity, they’re able to build a relationship with customers who have the same values as them. As a result, customers leave the page knowing more about the company and feeling empowered that their decisions are keeping the world green.
4. Brooklyn Soap Company
Natural beard care brand Brooklyn Soap Co speaks to their customers in a manner that’s unique and attention-grabbing.
Not only their About Us page has a fantastic choice of words, but it’s also straight to the point. The why is obvious and it’s stated in a powerful way.
Do you have an About Us page?
An About Us page doesn’t have to be hard work. But it should do a great job at giving the customers an insight into the inner workings of your company highlighting the whats, hows, and whys of your brand. So be honest and pick the words wisely. Most importantly, don’t forget to be human.
Let your creativity flow and don’t be afraid to let a little emotion come out. The more real you are, the easier it’s to connect with you and your brand. And that’s what will help your brand name stick in the head of your customers.
What are some of the best About Us pages that you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments!