Law Firm Marketing: What the Dancing Merengue Dog Can Teach Lawyers About Online Video

Last week I pulled up the Yahoo! home page and one of their promotional boxes was urging me to click on a video of a dancing dog.  For some reason, it just caught my eye and so I clicked and – I have to admit – it was a pretty amazing performance.  (You can catch it here.)

Monday night I turned on Letterman and noted his guests were Bill Clinton and...the Dancing Merengue Dog, from that same video.  I just checked it again and it has over 5.5 million views on YouTube and a movement is afoot to get the dog a spot on Dancing With The Stars!

So how does a dancing dog fit into your law firm marketing plan?  Look at the video.  It was shot in a parking lot.  Production value is pretty poor, but that didn't matter -- the video has turned that dog into a worldwide sensation.

Whenever I talk to lawyers about adding video to their websites or blogs, the first thing I usually hear is, “I don’t want to spend money on a film crew and make it a big production.”  The lesson from the Dancing Merengue Dog is you don’t have to. All you need is a $200 video camera (they're all pretty high quality these days) and something interesting to say (to your potential clients, not other lawyers!).

Online video is a highly underused form of law firm Internet marketing that promises a big return. Whether you place your video on the homepage of your web site, or upload it to YouTube, the benefits are undeniable.

Video adds value to your law firm Internet marketing approach in three ways:

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