Island businesses invited

The Martha’s Vineyard Times has invited Island businesses to a presentation of the newspaper’s new online directory features. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6:30 pm, in the conference room of the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven.

The Times’ online business directory at mvtimes.com was launched this summer. Visitor response has been vigorous, according to the newspaper ad sales team.

“The purpose of the January 14 meeting is to help Island business owners understand the power of mvtimes.com and the new searchable directories and how they will help you meet your 2010 business goals,” Times publisher Peter Oberfest said this week. The Times and Mindshare Media are partners in developing the online directories feature.

The online directory listings feature photographs of participating businesses and their products; descriptions of the businesses; online mapping, phone, email and live web links; virtual tours, video and menus; live links to booking and reservation pages; links to blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and other social networking channels; and all of it is live and available on any computer or capable mobile device.

Business listings in the online directories have been free through the fall, but they will convert to paid placements on April 1. For information, call a Times ad sales representative, or visit directory@mvtimes.com. Use this email address to RSVP for the January 14 presentation.