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.

10 Things to Think About

May 2, 2010
Taking the time to think about the right things in business is, sometimes, the best way to spend your time.
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Dressing for Dollars

April 18, 2010
Deadhead t-shirt, muddy work boots, a local sports team baseball cap, beat up blue jeans, a plaid hunting jacket and sporting a 3-day scruff. Am I talking about the Techs I encounter? Nope.
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Steam Room Design Brings Back Adolescent Fears

April 16, 2010
After decades of quiet avoidance, I recently found the courage to enter a public steam room. Finally, I was prepared to overcome adolescent memories of a sauna experience gone badly. 
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Loaves of Bread

April 11, 2010
Many of the contractors I speak to and even work with have many common traits.
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Four Expanding Markets You Should Pursue Now

April 5, 2010
I recently attended my first-ever security industry trade show, ISC West, which took place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas March 24-26. The show, which connects security product manufacturers with integrators/installers/security officers, was encouraging on several levels. 
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It Was Working When I Left

April 4, 2010
“It was working when I left” was the sick sarcastic joke of a response I used to get from some of my troublesome Techs when I would confront them the next day with a callback.
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Construction/Service Pros: It's Twitter Time...Really

March 23, 2010
A year ago, I told a co-worker that Twitter was a fad. It would not last, I pronounced, because it was fluff and provided no clear benefit. Who cares where tweeters are eating lunch? 
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Media Madness and Construction Pros

March 16, 2010
Last week, I experienced a different kind of March Madness. I spent three days in Manhattan at meetings focused on e-media trends and developments. My head is still spinning. 
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5 Powerful Technologies to Power Your Business Now

March 14, 2010
Working with contractors for years now, one thing is common. As contractors, we love any new tools that we can get our hands on, but not so much when it
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Stepping Over Dollars to Pick Up Dimes

March 7, 2010
The first time my dad cautioned me about, “Stepping Over Dollars to Pick Up Dimes”…I was still a kid in the business. So, I asked him, “What does that mean?”He
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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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Most cleaners rely on their online marketing presence to get jobs. But Google hasn't made things easy lately with their algorithm updates, which has impacted a lot of cleaning sites. Here's a look at some tips and suggestions to improve your Google ranking.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 June/July

The June/July issue of ICS features stories on add-on services, carpet repair, cleaning silk rugs and ranking websites on Google.

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Social media is a good way to regularly keep in touch and interact with current clients and reach potential ones. What social mediums do you use in your cleaning/restoration business?
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