The virtual world
is a virtual dream for marketers, with branding opportunities aplenty. As the online universe has grown, so too has the number of automobile manufacturers with a presence in the "game," for lack of a better term. KZERO is a consulting firm that helps companies study
and other online virtual communities, and in a blog post that's basically shilling a case study they'd like to sell prospective clients, we're given a glimpse at the number of automakers involved in
. Unsurprisingly, the manufacturer presence has climbed along with
subscriber base. We've covered some of them in the past --
, for example. Click the "Read" link to check out a graph that shows when various automakers jumped on the bandwagon. We'd create
accounts and investigate the virtual automotive landscape ourselves, but that would take time away from the second life we already lead called "Autoblog." Sigh. We guess that dream vacation on
Island's never gonna happen.