How to humanise your About-Us Page with photos

The perfect place to share your story with images to build trust right from the outset on your website's most viewed page.

“The About-Us page is the most frequented page on any website.”

(ref: MOZ)

The About-Us page is the most frequented page on any website (source: MOZ: 9 Simple Tips For Making An About Us Page That Works For Your Brand – Mar 2015). And this is because people want to know about you, the person/people behind the company, what makes you tick, your story and your personality. Focus on what problems you solve for your clients, why you are the right choice for them and let your clients and staff sing your praises. This will show the true depth and volume you have which will go a long way in building the critical Know-Like-Trust factor.

In a visual way, share your wins, awards, recognitions, achievements, media appearances, testimonials, your VIP clients, events you attended or have spoken at and behind the scenes action of you and your team. Show more, tell less. It’s easier to absorb visual content that’s authentic and you’ll hold the viewer’s attention for much longer.

9 Hot Tips

1. What problems do you solve
Show how you deliver on the problems you solve, what you have delivered for your clients and the end products/services plus include their testimonials with their photos.

2. Keep it real and authentic
No stock images, this is not the place for pretty people all smiling and looking fake or cute and cuddly kids pretending to be business people. Keep it real with actual photos of you and your team, in action, having fun at work so you can show some of that awesome culture you have created, you at events, out and about, etc.

3. Toot your own horn
Photos of you and your big name clients, sponsorships, promotions, exhibitions, VIPs, the people you associate with you at events.

4. Include your staff
At a minimum include a headshot of all your team and a short description of what they do for the customer and their role in the company. Go one better and show your team in action during their working day. The ultimate is to show a series of photos of your team having a great time at work, creating great stuff and delighting your customers. Show that you have a company worth showcasing and that people love working there. As a Solo Entrepreneur include photos of you in action – at events, on stage, conducting your business with clients, photos that give people insights as to who you are and what you do.

5. Keep it on brand
With the look and feel of the rest of your branding, your website and your marketing material. No blurry out of focus party drinking shots here please. Keep the look and feel of what you present, on brand. Show your personality, your character, something quirky about you and always keep it professional.

6. Be social
Include your Social Media feeds and timelines so you can share more visual content from other sources. Make your webiste easy for others to share.

7. Tell your story with photos
Include where you came from how you started, show some depth and volume in your history so that it gives people a sense of who you are as a person (people if you have a team) which adds huge amounts of trust and credibility. This will help fast track the Know-Like-Trust journey.

8. Include other photos for credibility
Your office, your awards, covers of magazines, the media you’ve been featured in (TV, Newspapers magazine or Radio), articles you’ve written, books you’ve published (contributed, co-authored or fully written) plus products/services.

9. Section off your About-Us page
Include small icons to head up each section so you can announce what you have to share quickly, like a Table of Contents.

In summary:

Your Profile Photos need to be on-brand with your styling, posed in a specific way so you look appealing and attractive to your audience and that you have at least 3 photos for maximum variety and cut-through.

Here are some great examples by our clients using their Branding Portraits to share their story on their About Us page.

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REFERENCES

HubSpot article: The 4 Most Important Pages on Your Website (& How to Optimize Them)
http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/optimize-important-website-pages
18th December, 2014

Hubspot article: 12 About Us Page Examples That Are Probably Better Than Yours
http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/remarkable-about-us-page-examples
24th July, 2015

BLOG TYRANT: 12 of the Best About Us Pages on the Internet

12 of the Best About Us Pages on the Internet

7th August 2014

INC magazine: 8 Ways to Improve Your ‘About Us’ Page
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/8-ways-to-dramatically-improve-your-about-us-page.html
4th October 2012

INC magazine: How to Design a Great “About Us” Page on Your Website
http://www.inc.com/kerry-close/ss/2015-50-emerging-global-entrepreneurs-to-watch.html
18th October 2010

MOZ: 9 Simple Tips For Making An About Us Page That Works For Your Brand
https://moz.com/blog/9-simple-tips-for-making-an-about-us-page-that-works-for-your-brand
15th March 2015