NDN Got a new Building!

19 03 2010

That´s right! We have been improving the store building up a bigger place, and starting for today, you can purchase hairs as separate from fatpacks! You will be able to buy just one or more, or the entire pack, as you wish =] Also the club will be inside the store, so you can have fun with live djs while shopping =] so Save the new landmark if you got tped out from the old place !

NEW NDN building - improved

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Toxic%20Wastelands/184/111/24





TIP: Why do I look like a particle cloud? (Formerly known as: I’ve suddenly and unexpectedly turned into an ugly woman.)

30 01 2010

Old default “Ruth” avatar

In versions of Second Life before Viewer 1.20, we used a default avatar loading form known as “Ruth”, as shown at right. When your avatar suddenly turned into an ugly woman, Residents called it being “Ruthed”, because Ruth is the historical name of an early avatar form — not unlike having a great, great-grandmother.

Default “plasma cloud” avatar

In the Second Life Viewer version 1.20 and later, your appearance is that of a plasma cloud while your avatar is loading. This effect is not permanent and your avatar will take form as things around you begin to rez (load). During this time, you may not access the Appearance Editor.

You also appear as a cloud when some information about you gets lost on the way from one place to another. However, you are not stuck this way permanently! Follow these steps to restore yourself to normal:

From your main menu, click Edit > Preferences > Graphics tab.
Slide the Quality & Performance slider to a lower setting.
Check the box next to Custom on the Graphics tab.
Move the Draw distance slider to the left.
Slide the Mesh Details sliders to Low.
Avatar Impostors is checked by default. If you have unchecked it, activate that feature again.
Additional helpful techniques:

Log out and restart Second Life (relog).
Right-click yourself, select Appearance, do NOT save anything, and click Close.
If those don’t work, try the following process:

Access and wear a default avatar.
Re-wear your normal shape, skin, clothes, and attachments. This step is much easier if you are using a pre-existing saved outfit, but remember not to save anything before your avatar is restored!.
Tip: If you tried all of the above, and your avatar is still a cloud, submit a ticket to our Support team for assistance.

To get other avatars to load faster:

Lower your draw distance.
Zoom in closely on the avatar that still shows as a cloud.





Tips for New Buyers

3 06 2009

Howdy Spooky Kids,

We all were new someday in SL. Also beside even explore places at first time, we got our first shopping once, even if it was a freebie.

When you somehow get lindens, your next step is to spent them in some interesting item you find around the metaverse. After you get your most wanted stuff, some stuff may happen (not that i am saying that this will happen), in some cases, some item may have some glitch or you need help to set up them, and you don´t know how. Well, as a worried customer, you want to contact the creator somehow to make him/her help you out with this. Some IMs the creator or sends NOTECARDS to them, but unfortunally, in most cases, with incomplete information on the title notecards, as some of the merchants have a HUGE mass of messages in a day, the messages may be capped because of some reasons:

– Merchants also participates in Groups. Hunts/Malls/Fashion, etc groups generate notices. They can disable it but it´s not an obligation, if they desire to have the news from the other people. Notices is stated as like normal IMs , resulting the mass capped message that will be on the creator´s box.

– Greeters that send green texts to the owner –  (AKA traffic stats bots) wich send to the merchant´s mailbox a list of people who have recently visited his place, in every minute. This mass message may up ending capped messages too.

– Worried Customers trying to contact the Merchant: People stay calm. The most secure way to contact the merchant is only sending them a notecard. Instant mass IMs may up not appearing at his viewer and some cases doesn´t even go to the mailbox. Don´t blame us if you just send Instant messages and end up not getting any response. It´s not that we are avoiding it, it´s just really we don´t receive AT ALL.

About Sending a CORRECT NOTECARD to be visualized by the merchant:

– Try always to add your issue on the TITLE LINE. If possible with your avatar name, to rapidly contact you. Most of “New Note” notecards end up confusing us and not having the properly priority. When we see it´s a serious issue we try to get online soon as possible, if not we just wait for the time we get able to connect. And some people doesn´t even read because they might think it´s mall invitation notes.

– If you can´t find the item you bought: Try always to use the INVENTORY SEARCH form on the Inventory window. Look up for the name of the item you bought, and if it was recent, you can look up on the “Recent Items” tab.

– Some people are lazy to create their own notecard and rewrite inside of other avatar´s notecard and send it to the merchant anyway, with no title or identification. and may end up we getting contact with the wrong person. That´s why we ask for your SL name on the NC title.

-If you are looking for simple scripts, you may have a look on the Official Second Life Forums or SL wiki, you may up finding them for free instead of paying much for an item that you can get for free.

– When navigate on the Xtreet website, if you had any issue with online purchase, try always contact support first than send rude messages to the merchant blaming them because of the miss delivery. Most of time miss deliveries are caused of some lag in Xtreet – Xtreet Magic box communication. How to contact support – https://www.xstreetsl.com/support.php

– Be Respectful no matter what the situation is. As we aren´t on face to face, we always want the best for our customers, don´t assume the worst happened, give the merchant one or two days to contact you back before you get on nervous. As you may know, we all do have a Real life and sometimes things may gets us in surprises.

There are some few tips to have a hapilly and safely shopping in sl, in world or online, trying to following them you may get the things sorted out very easily with no  confusion at the end. I am sure lots of merchants wants to express everything like it´s written here but in our profiles we don´t have much space for it, so don´t think when we say “send your issues by notecard” or something like that, we don´t want to be rude or arrogant. We want to help you, just help us too to reach you in the easy way.

That´s all for now!





Get the chance to win one of NDN hair!

27 05 2009

Come right now at our sim, and find our new NDN camping spots around there, for a chance to get one of our valuables hair. The prize is for boys and girls!

For a limited time – Run before we take it off the road!

If you find any floating gears around our sim, just sit and wait – be sure to read the notecard from the gears before camp!

have fun!

http://slurl.com/secondlife/NebuchadNezzar/109/120/28





NebuchadNezzar – NDN At Hair Fair 2009!

14 05 2009
NebuchadNezzar @ Hair Fair 09

NebuchadNezzar @ Hair Fair 09

Howdy Spookykids,

This year we are happy and glad to participate in the most big Hair Event of Second Life. Most part of the donations goes to Locks of Love, wich is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. For more information on this incredible organization, please visit: http://www.locksoflove.org/index.html .

This year, Hair Fair will take place early summer of 2009 and is scheduled to run from June 20th through July 4th. The SLURL will be published soon on the Official Hair Fair Website – http://hair-fair.net/, so keep on eye for the landmark!





How to kill sales and drive off customers. (Funny Rant)

17 02 2009

This is a funny rant. Don´t take it serious!

First of all use 1024 x 1024 textures for all your products. This will ensure slow slow load times making the customer impatient and leave. Smaller textures like 512 x 512 are 1/4th the size and allow faster load times and in most cases aren’t going to appear less detailed then ones 4 times the size and you don’t want to actually let customers see your items. God forbid using anything smaller like 256 x 256 textures..

Find a mall where everyone uses 1024 x 1024 textures also helps kill those pesky sales and keep customers who don’t have time to stand around two hours waiting for textures to load.

Make sure you use lots of network vendors. These babies love to lag and take forever to load textures. And if you need a vendor system don’t use those non-network ones because they are just too fast and never cause much lag.

Have your store layout that is confusing and poorly arranged. This will make sure any customer who is looking for a particular items hopelessly lost and they will probably give up.

Make sure the teleport spot faces away from your store and faces out to other stores. This will give new customers a chance to go shopping at stores you don’t own because hey they think they teleported to your store. Best way to do this is face away from your door as if you just walked out of it then set the teleport location and Landmark.

And last but not least ignore those pesky IMs and note cards when people ask for help. By doing this you can be assured they won’t recommend your store to others or even wear your items and use them where others can see how cool they are. After all most sales are word of mouth and others seeing people using and wearing your things.

 

From : Xtreet User Forum





New NDN Release – Bright Galaxy Dress (Gothic Lolita)

16 02 2009

 
NDN - Bright Galaxy Dress
A Gothic Lolita style, bring a little touch of cyber lolita for your party.

It has two kind of dresses: In white or black version. The pack comes:

– Corset
– Shorts
– Prim Skirt
– Sculpted Collar with tie

Sculpted prim item resizeable by menu.

Come visit us!





You know when you are talking to a Noob when .. (Funny SL Moments)

19 11 2008

Hello All!

 

After passing by some funny moments and also reading few websites, i felt like i had to open this post and share some nice funny moments i had with few customers and also random people around Second Life.

You know you are talking to a noobie when…

  1. When they buy clothes from you and receive the prim box wich is the package of that outfit, and I get an IM complaining that “Your outfit is a box with a picture? Why is that?” Wich they don´t realize that need to rezz on floor to unpack it.
  2. When randomly someone see you building your things on sandbox and they start talk to you and you answer nicely and suddenly after a long talk about what we do on Sl, they ask, “would mind answer me what is a PRIM?”
  3. Just like the item 1, when someone gets a prize at my lucky chair and then IMs me “hey i got ur prize stucked on my left hand what should I do?”
  4. When you put your prim outfits with the resizing scripts, you cleary states that in a notecard and on the product image with is given together on the outfit, and someone IMs you saying “how the hell i suppose modify to fit my avatar with those no modify prims?” And then I nicely answer back “Have you looked the notecard inside the folder, and also did you even read the product vendor wich cleary says “Prims modifiable by menu?” They just simple oops.
  5. When someone didn´t even speak to you and comes with that vampire bite thing, wich is annoying.
  6. When they usualy buys a house in a Box, they take long time to build it all. Why? they didn´t use the rezz tools, they just simply open the rezz tool box and try to build it manually u.u
  7. When after 5 minutes of talking they ask to be they boyfriend, you don´t even know them!
  8. When they come show up to you some “nice stuff” they say they build, and when you see, it´s a Linden made object u.u
  9. Being asked for sex, no conversation, nothing before, just that annoying question
  10. When they wear prims that are totally out of the shape, foot appearing off the prim shoes, bracelets just floating around the arm, hair totally messed up, and they find that glamorous (they even put a profile picture with that!)
  11. When they go to a shape/skin store, they find a nicely product (with what is selling on that product is the SHAPE not the SKIN), they buy it thinking they got a nicely skin from that vendor but they only got the shape, and them im complaining about that. (i start to think how people are lazy to read the product labels)
  12. When they doesn´t talk anything else but how to get money, if i can borrow them, how to get a job, how to find places for it, etc
  13. When they think Sandbox are their homes, they think they can build a city over there and try shout to everyone ” don´t even enter on my private land!”
  14. When they uses Sandbox to grief anyone “ohhh how macho mens are they…”
  15. When they build a house on a sandbox and put a orbiter on that place (sandbox is public)
  16. When they start doing those annoying ugly dances like hugglefuck someone when it´s away, those annoying gestures, start making fun of everyone who enters the sim, with those giant ugly necklace prims they wear thinking they are from the ghetto.
  17. When they keep asking you  – How can I change the make up of my skin? – you simply answer – buying another skin from the same type but with different makeup, they just get angry “howcome spend lots of lindens in lots of same skins with different make ups” it´s just no comment.
  18. When they attach they private parts and start stalking you everywhere you go on that sim and shouting “hey have sex with me!”
  19. When they only do for living is lucky chair hopping.
  20. When they doesn´t even know what Mainland is.
  21. When they suddenly appears into ur house and you greet them and they greet back “hey i am just observing you”.

And possible lots of more. If u have any to share, please post them! =p

 

Noobie

Noobie





NEW SEARCH : HOW to setup advertising in SL

21 06 2008

It is important that you read everything in this document if you have trouble making sl users finding your shop/business.

First let me mark up what you need to get started advertising your products or service.

1. A business location on a commercial SIM (“Show place in search” must be activated in About Land).
2. Rights to maintain your parcel name and description on your business location.
3. Willingness to NOT think “my shop must be nice – both the name and the amount of items”. You need to beat your competitors.
4. 150-300L per week to have 2-3 classifieds ads running.

5. Make people you know (or customers) have a picture of your shop in their picture section in their profile

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1. Your business location / Shop.

The first you do when you have your parcel purchased for your business (maybe you already have the land), is to open
the “About Land” from either “World” > “About Land” menu in top of your viewer – OR right click on the ground texture on the parcel and click on “About Land” in the pie menu.

Here you hurry to the “Options” tab in this window. Here you look for a check option called “Show place in search”.
Make sure to check this and KEEP it checked. This costs 30L per week to LL, but is a small price to make a good business.
Another thing on this tab is: If you don’t have any items on this parcel which is categorized as “Mature”, then REMOVE the “Mature Content” check option. Else this will prevent your shop from being seen of those who only search in PG ratings.

Next right click and “Edit” all your items for sale (it doesn’t matter if it is “for sale” or using “pay” vendors). In the “General” tab in “Edit” make sure to check the “Show in search” on ALL your items you are selling. This will make more available counts in the search engine database.

Now section one is done.

2. Maintaining your parcel name and description.

Make sure you have the right to change those to what you like.

3. Moving away from NICE to “Using my elbows”

You now want to look at your business name. Not the real business name you have, but the one used on your parcel.

My own business is named “Palen Design & LF Creations”, BUT….my parcel name is called “Palen Vendor Systems & LF Creations – Vendors / Business”.

I do this because it means alot which words is mentioned in the parcels name and descriptions. The parcel name is actually more important than the description.

My main product is my vendors, so I want those to be mentioned as much as possible. I also happens to know that alot of new business owners look for “business” related stuff in search to get started, so I also have that in my title.

Always think about what am I selling, and WHO do I want to find me.

Therefore if you don’t sell SEX, then don’t put the word sex in anywhere. It will only give you visitors you DON’T want.

The description on the parcel is the second thing to look into.
Here you want to make sure your best selling products (or what you expect to be the best selling) is mentioned alot. But be aware that you only have 1024 characters to do with in the description.

Again only use words that has some relation to your products.

4. Classified advertising
You would probably say that if you want to use classified advertising you will not need the other things. But you are wrong then.

Classified ads are also used to rate your listings in the new search and is therefor an important part.
But you don’t need ads that costs half of your RL salary.

Make 2-3 classifieds (i recommend 3) ads in classifieds that are almost identical. By this I mean where the same words are almost the same in all 3. Pay only very little for those (50-100 Lindens per ad), unless you really want to make a combined advertising and feel it is worth the money to pay for more.

Now you are done setting up your advertising for your business parcel.

5. Making your friends have your business in their picture section of their profile.

The more people who have a picture of your business in their profile the higher you will be listed.
This means they HAVE to be ON your business parcel when they creates the new picture. This will also create a Teleport pointer to your shop, and will make you more popular seen with the search engines “eyes”.

I have set up a monthly contest myself where I take out a random group member with our shop in his/her profile and the price is 2500L. This is ONE way making people having that picture, but it could be any way.

6. ?????????????????

The worse mistake you can do now is getting impatient. Advertising always takes time to work. In this type of advertising you can follow the improvements from day to day. But you will not jump from page 10 to 1 from Wednesday to Thursday.

After we moved our shop it took 4 weeks to get on top of page 1 again, so if you don’t have the patience then this is not your way of advertising.

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I will wish all who uses these guidelines good luck and a good business in SL.

CREDITS:

Please Give Zep Palen credit for putting this together for us and feel free to visit his shop in world.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vendor%20Island/41/101/22





20 Tips for new SL® Designers

14 05 2008

Hello Residents!

I am posting today some of  the most useful threads i´ve seen. This post is originally written by Kalley Koala and complemented by SLExchange users. If you are new into SL® business and don´t know what to do, take a time to read:

I find myself often looking at items and images posted by new designers and thinking that they´ve got a solid design or item to sell, but they are not showing it off and marketing it to the fullest potential.

Figured since I´m thinking this way. There have to be others who feel and think the same way. So, I´m starting this thread as a way for those of us who have been selling for a little while to offer tips and advice to those who are just starting out.

* waits for those few people to cry out about not wanting to help their �competition� and not having any help when they started*
If you don�t want to help out.. then simply ignore this thread� if you have any words of wisdom or thoughts.. post away.

Tip #1: Name your business. If you have a memorable business name, word of mouth will spread. Think about it if someone is wearing your item and someone asks where the got it from.. they are more likely to remember the store name over your name. It makes it easier for people to talk about your shop. It’s also advisable to have a logo, people respond to visuals and most the shops in game that are among the most popular have logos that you see and know it’s them right away.

Tip #2: It´s all in the name. If you make a shoe and call it Blue Shoe then it´s not going to be something that sticks in the memory of those you want to buy it. Come up with something catchy.

Tip #3: Have a Studio. You don´t need a large building; just somewhere that has a controlled environment. It´s easier to take photos if you can control what´s around you.

Tip #4: When photographing your item, use LIGHT. If you don´t have a studio lighting set up, don�t worry the sun works great to. Use the game settings to control the sunlight. Depending on which way your facing, I find that either sunrise or sunset works the best so you have direct lighting.

Tip #5: Use Prt Scr. Instead of taking pics in game with the screen shot tool, use the camera controls to line up your shot and then hit the Print Screen button. Then paste the image into your art program. This way you can work out the exact angle to show the product off best without the $10 fee every time you take the pic. You can also use this to get multi shots of the item from all sides and edit them together in your art program. Then, you simply upload the file for one $10 fee.

Tip #6: Make your products unique. Simple as that. Make them stand out from any other product of its kind, or better yet, take a type of product and completely revamp it to bring out a new ‘style’. (By this I mean movie players, I mean yeesh, they’re all the same with the Dialog’s Next 10 >> and Stop, Loop, Play.. Why not come up with something different and more interesting?)

Tip #7: Place your products intelligently. I would almost always opt for renting land and putting up a store, but it you rent store/mall space, rent space somewhere that has other sellers with similar products. Like attracts like and shopping cross over is your friend. Check the traffic levels. Check that places with good traffic numbers are not being artifically inflated by camping chairs. You want shoppings, not sitters. If you MUST use a vendor, group like products into different vendors so people can find what they’re looking for. Place a classified every week, even if you spend $1L to do so.Tip #8 : Pricing – If you are new to scripting and make what you think is a “wow” – have a look at the existing market place BEFORE placing it out there for L$1000 and upwards. If your product is unique and well built then you might get away with it. If it is the 23rd “wow” of the same nature that week then think about lowering your price (considerably) and start thinking about another “wow”  (When planning a “wow” – look in the market to see if one exists – if it does – redo your design to be better – if it doesnt – still redesign to be better than the design you already have, another merchant will be trying to outdo yours 5 minutes after you start selling it )

 If you do make sometihng that the market already has lots of and price it high – then people will not only look elsewhere for that particular item – they will also start to associate your name with “expensive” and avoid you.

Get a solid satisfied customer base before looking at millionaire alley.

Tip #9 : Give SOLID after sales service – If a paying customer has a problem with one of your products don’t just say ” read the instructions” . Drop what you are doing and take time to talk them thru the instructions – use the conversation to write better instructions.  ( If you havent the time – get back to them and let them know you will contact them to sort it out ). Not everybody knows SL as well as you – and nobody knows your product as well as you – it may seem obvious to you, but if they are IM’ing you then it isnt obvious to them.

If you help people out you get a rep for being helpful and people WILL take a chance on a product knowing that there is someone there to explain it – instead of saying “woah – not going to touch that – sounds way too tricky” .

Tip # 11: I’m sure everyone has they’re own tastes, and I haven’t built much of anything, (if nothing,) But as a buyer this is something I’ve noticed. If you’re making a vehicle, MAKE IT COPYABLE! Everyone KNOWS that, due to lag, or sim crossing, your vehicle will (and most likely) will go off into the ground and either 1. get away from you, 2. Make you crash and you may never get it back. I can’t emphize how frustrating it is to buy a really nice vehicle of HIGH price and then not have it anymore. Thats great that you’re allowing people to buy this as a gift, but come on! Think about it, what good is a gift if you fear loosing it? And not just vehicles, followers too.

Tip # 12: Everyone is unique. So just because your product is “one of a kind” doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t allow it to be modifiable. Avatars are a major here, Some avatar makers do not allow Mod at all, meaning either A. they have many features that allow it to be customized, B. The avatar is the same for everyone! No one likes to be the same, so think about it. If your avatar is no mod and no scripts, then guess what? You will not get many sales. Specially if the avatar is full prim. That leaves you with no way of adding jewelry or accessories to your avatar. Which means, you’re going to see MANY of the same identical avatar, or you will see very few.

Tip # 13: Any item that is mod should be copy as well. If you think that a mod item should not be copyable, think about this:
1. Say your customer suddenly IMs you asking for a copy of the item. When asked why, the customer replies that he/she tried to modify the item and messed up. People who are new to building (and people that are pros even) are bound to mess up on new ideas!
2. Something happens- the sim crashes and the avatar caught in the crash suddenly has a messed up avatar! (that happened to me once.) They will then ask you to A. fix it, or B. ask for a new one!

Thats bad for your bussiness and for your customers! Your customer is unique in they’re own way and so should your products! If they are wanting your items but have slight modifations they would be willing to preform, Its nothing against you, its just they would like to stand out and be reconized! And also, if a customer does an EXCELENT modification, they’re going be reconized will be asked where they got it!

So guess what? They’re HELPING your business!

This isn’t really a tip, but, make 2 vendors, 1 with permissions, and the second without the permissions! That way your customer has the option to get either/or so they can do as they please!

Tip #14: ALWAYS be willing to help your customer. Even if they are rude, and just don’t get it, (I work for a music company in RL, so you’re BOUND to get those customers,) try to be as helpful as you can! They can be frustrating, but just remember one thing: You’re customer may have “special needs” and may take some time to help. The more you’re willing to help, the more you’re showing good business.

Tip #15: If you deal with transparencies in your designs… whether in clothing or any other item… learn to eliminate ALL white halos between the graphic and transparency. I have several pieces of clothing that I really like the style of… but.. rarely wear because I can see that white fringed hallo at the bottom of a jacket.

Tip #16: For clothing designers… make your front and back seams match. Do this for sleeves also. Search the SL Forums until you find Chip Midnight’s clothing templates. Use them.

Tip #17: For a finished outfit’s texture. Do Not upload and use 1024×1024. SL will automatically resize and display it to 512×512 so using a larger size just slows your texture load in. Tigress has a couple outfits that I’ve never seen because even after a couple sessions of SL… the textures still haven’t loaded… LOL! If youmust work at 1024×1024… reduce a copy for upload to 512×512 and “lightly” use the UnSharp Mask filter in photoshop to off set any blur introduced by reducing the file.

Tip #18 :Make sure that your description is informative and well written. Without seeing a good description of the items (and decent pics, handled above in tips 4, 5 and 17), I am very unlikely to buy it. Particularly for items that require instructions, give your potential buyer some specifics about how it works and why it is value-added. And try to be reasonable with the “adspeak”. Talk up the item without making outlandish claims about how good it is. If it is truly THAT good, then give some evidence instead of simply saying so. For example “on the Most Popular list for the last 4 weeks…” , “over 200 sold on SLX”. Or quote a buyer review.

Say what the item does/is first, in simple terms. Then, go on to give specifics. Buyers who are interested will read on, and those who are not will move on.

And for goodness sake, use a spell checker! (Hastily proof-reads this post) It speaks to attention to detail.

Tip #19 : If you design clothing/selling, include a picture of the outfit in your “packaging”….

Tip #20 : If you are taking pictures please please do not use the “standard” SL Avatars. They are ugly! People want to look how your pictures does, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen great products be passed by because the person used what looks like a 1 day old newbie to take a picture.

So useful in organizing our “closets” and deciding what to wear, if we can look at a picture quickly

 

If your avatar isn’t “model” quality look someone up. IM people in certain groups, offer them a free copy of the item they are modeling, if you can’t afford to pay them. There are countless people that will model for you. It will make your picture so much better.

Also, in regards to the tip about lighting, learn to use Mouse Moves Sun under Client. Go into mouselook and face the sun at your avatar to eliminate all shadows. And brighten up the picture

All the credits goes to the SLEx forum members contributors: Kalley Koala, Neb Soyer, Sabrina Doolittle, Adriana Caligari, Becky Nosferatu, Sami Tabla, delicious demar, Bunnee Varmint, Cape Weary from the Original SLExchange Forum Thread.