Because we've built a professionally designed website with enhanced features, like a free secondary ad worth $60,000 that goes with every ad purchased regardless of size, we are optimistic that the goal of $1 million in jobs saved will be reached.
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Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2009
If you're an employee who has received notice that you're about to be laid off, or a business looking for a way to advertise in a down economy, a Michigan based technology company thinks they may be able to help.
While not every company is asking for a government bailout the Big Three automakers and GRPMAX, L.L.C., a Grand Rapids based small business, have one thing in common along with thousands of other companies: they are all located in Michigan, one of the states hardest hit by the recession, with an unemployment rate at a staggering 12.6%.
Instead of dwelling on the bad news GRPMAX Founder, Phil Covington, decided to apply his knack for combining computer technology and innovative problem solving to finding a way to not only hire new staff for his own company when others are laying people off, but to help other small businesses in the process.
The result is a new website called the Million Dollar Jobs Page, milliondollarjobspage.com, where businesses, organizations, or individuals can buy low cost advertising space on the site for a one-time purchase of only $2 per pixel (out of an available 1 million), but have the potential of continuing to receive website traffic for at least five years.
Covington points out that, "GRPMAX is a for profit company, so we intend to use some of the revenue to hire new staff and cover expenses, but very significantly we're donating 50% of the gross proceeds to extend a lifeline to workers who would otherwise be out of a job." He goes on to say that, "If all 1 million pixels on the page are sold that will enable us to reach our goal of awarding $1 million in job-save lifelines, which we estimate can keep as many as 100-200 workers employed for at least another month."
The company readily concedes that with over 5 million jobs lost due to the recession helping 100-200 workers stay employed may not seem significant to some people, but feels that to those workers who end up receiving a lifeline it might mean all the difference in the World. The more optimistic hope is that in some cases the extra month of employment will be just enough time for the economy and employer to recover enough so that it is no longer necessary to lay that person off or let them go, while at minimum it can give the employee breathing room while he or she looks for other employment.
According to Covington the Million Dollar Jobs Page concept has been well received so far; prospective advertisers are expressing interest in advertising on the site, and some are starting to place ads. He's sure that as word gets out interest will only increase, especially since those who place ads early get preferred placement and additional advertising exposure and traffic.
Covington knows first hand how effective this form of advertising can be because in 2005 he placed a small advertisement on the very first such page: the Million Dollar Homepage, designed by UK freshman Alex Tew as a creative way to pay for his college education. Covington says, "Pixel advertising turned out to be one of the best advertising expenditures my company ever made. Even though traffic from that ad peaked in 2005 and 2006, our company still occasionally gets website visitors even now, almost 5 years later."
Other advertisers felt the same way, as enough people bought pixel ads so that Tew exceeded his initial goal of earning enough to pay for college by a considerable margin, with his website earning over $1 million USD in less than 5 months.
Covington states that, "while the Million Dollar Jobs Page didn't invent the concept of selling advertising pixels the fact that it's backed by an established company donating 50% of the proceeds to helping save jobs sets it apart." Additionally, he feels that, "Because we've built a professionally designed website with enhanced features, like a free secondary ad worth $60,000 that goes with every ad purchased regardless of size, we are optimistic that the goal of $1 million in jobs saved will be reached."
About GRPMAX, L.L.C.
GRPMAX, L.L.C. specializes in developing unique and innovative methodologies and technologies to solve challenging problems ranging from the everyday to seemingly impossible. Originally founded by Phil Covington in 1979, products or services developed by the company have been used by organizations ranging from small business, to government, to the Fortune 500, as well as individual consumers. GRPMAX's current focus is on Internet technologies.
GRPMAX™ and the Million Dollar Jobs Page™ are trademarks of GRPMAX.