Editor's Blog

Editor's Blog
ICS editor Eric Fish sounds off on events, news and all the latest hot topics surrounding the carpet cleaning and restoration industries.

2012 ICS Year in Review

It’s been another busy, eventful year in the carpet cleaning and restoration industry, so we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at some of the biggest headlines in the industry as well as some of the most popular stories that have appeared in ICS Cleaning Specialist.


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When Carpet Cleaners Attack…

During my daily news search for anything carpet cleaning related this morning, I came across a headline from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “Man sentenced for attack on rival carpet cleaner.” How could I not click on it?


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Goodbye Connections, Hello “The Experience”

Industry trade shows are great events. They’re informative, educational and they open our eyes to new products, policies and techniques, not to mention the networking opportunities. That’s why a lot of folks were disappointed when it was announced that Connections would dissolve after a 10-year run, effectively ending Connections events.


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Recapping the 2012 Connections Convention and Trade Show

The 2012 Connections Convention and Trade Show, held from September 4-7 at the LVH Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has come and passed. ICS was there in full-force and we captured much of this industry event in photos, videos and podcasts.


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ICS at Connections 2012

The 10thanniversary Connections Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas is officially now only about a week away from kicking off. And we wanted to take a little bit of time to let you know about a couple of valuable events that ICS Cleaning Specialist is hosting along with our sister magazine, Restoration & Remediation.


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ICS on YouTube

This isn’t exactly brand-spanking news per say, as our YouTube page officially launched several weeks ago, but we’re happy to offer readers another way to stay connected with the industry, as well as dive into exclusive looks at the industry trade shows, conventions, demonstrations and seminars that we attend.


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How Important is Social Media?

We recently held a poll here on ICSmag.com that asked just how important you all valued social media. Surprisingly, the majority of those polled either answered with either “Too soon to gauge – We do it, but we haven’t’ really seen significant payoff yet” (50%) or with “Not important – we’re doing just fine without it” (29%).
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Getting employees to "Released"

It means you’ve trained and verified what they do know so they can be entrusted to do the tasks assigned to them.
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Leadership Lessons from Bruce Springsteen

Musically, I grew up with the likes of Green Day, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World, but my all-time favorite act is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Now “The Boss” is some 35 years my senior, but his music is powerful, inspiring and extremely well-written, which can’t be said about a lot of music these days.So just what does Bruce Springsteen have to do with carpet cleaning?
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More on Clean Restore Connect

By now you’ve seen the ad teases and announcements about Clean Restore Connect (www.cleanrestoreconnect.com), a free online network for cleaning and restoration professionals that ICS Cleaning Specialist and Restoration & Remediation magazines are pleased to be launching. Now it’s time to join.

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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Podcasts

While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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2014 Nov/Dec

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