One of the more exciting things to come out of last year’s ABA Tech Show is a renewed interest in scratch-n-sniff technology. The technology peaked in 1981 with John Waters’s use of Smell-O-Vision in the movie Polyester. It also caught on with some law firms in the early 1990s who felt that “new leather smell” on client invoices would increase pay rates. Limitations on printing technology, however, has limited more widespread use of scratch-n-sniff. Until today.
I visited the SniffRocket booth at a recent tech show and was literally blown away by what it offered. Patchouli, rose maroc, apple crumble, and new-born babies are all available as scratch-n-sniff scents for law firm letterhead. Better yet, with specialized microfragrance inkjet cartridges, you can reproduce various scents for your own letterhead that will last up to two weeks, even after being transmitted by fax. Brilliant.
But before you get out the credit card and buy a ream of scratch-n-sniff bacon letterhead ($350 ream, applewood smoked bacon extra), here are some key issues to consider before implementing scratch-n-sniff technology into your practice.
Remember: start simple. Branding is about the full sensory experience and how clients and others feel about your firm or work product. If you fart in front of a client, the unexpected noise distracts from building a positive brand image. If you fart on opposing party’s documents, however, the lingering smell may settle the case. Got it? But we recommend a more professional approach that is expected to make an appearance at next year’s ABA Tech Show: scratch-n-sniff bates stamping. Total awesomeness.
This post originally appeared on the website Big Legal Brain. Big Legal Brain is now a regular column on Bitter Lawyer.