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Virtual Shopping in Second Life

As someone who wasted enjoyed countless playing The Sims in college (the process of (wo)man-handling a virtual world of eat-work-study-sleep-wait! catch the burglar - was oddly appealing when compared to say, finishing up my thesis, doing laundry, or even worse, planning for life after college), I have been keeping tabs on Second Life, (SL) "An online society within a 3D world, where users can explore, build, socialize, and participate in their own economy."

The premise is that eventually, we will all have a presence on SL, the way many of us do already online - but in a kind of all-consuming, interactive otherworld beyond simple Simian-pretend. We will do our banking there, order a nice bottle of wine to bring to the party... conference calls will be a thing of the past as we meet our co-workers online for a quick meeting - imagine meeting your virtual boss in his/her chosen avatar to brainstorm for that next client meeting!

Actually, most of the above things are already happening, and according to a recent article in the The Wall Street Journal, many of the early-adoptors among us are already scoping SL as the latest way to waste time at work shop. American Apparel sold 4,000 items since launching its virtual SL boutique in June, 2006. If you don't have a WSJ subscription read the press release from the AA site.
Second Life's Business Communicators blog explains the appeal: "designers gain attention using advertising, websites and blogs – and Second Life style magazines are a key PR tool, as well."

Is this the future of shopping? If the amount of money these consumers are spending in SL is any indication, we should all start paying better attention to this new media channel.

About the author: Crosby Noricks

Known as the "fashion publicist's most powerful accessory," (SD-UT) and the "West Coast 'It' girl of fashion PR," (YFS Magazine) Crosby Noricks is a brand strategist, author and founder of PR Couture. Crosby was included in the iMedia 25 Class of 2012 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators, and enjoys helping fashion and lifestyle brands connect with their audiences in meaningful and creative ways.

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Meet Crosby Noricks

Hi. I'm Crosby, Founder of PR Couture, Fashion Brand Strategist and PR Girl Mentor. I care about supporting and celebrating fashion publicists as well as helping companies connect with their audiences in more meaningful ways. Recently, iMedia included me in their annual list of 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators, along with people from Starbucks, Twitter and Volkswagon, which I think is pretty neat. Like Elle Woods, I am a Gemini-vegetarian (that's about where the similarities end). Let's connect: Check out my full bio, Brand Elixir sessions for brands or shoot me a note at