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.

Who Wins – a Carpet Cleaning CEO or Yelp?

A Virginia carpet cleaner went head-to-head with Yelp in court after seeing a series of anonymous negative reviews about his business on the popular website

So who do you think won – a carpet cleaner or Yelp?


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Surprising Social Media Trends

It’s estimated that 93% of marketers use social media in some way for business purposes

We’ve covered social media here before and how crucial it is to growing your business and attracting new customers, but according to a recent story on Buffer, it may be much more impactful than we all give it credit for.


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From Burning Houses to Hot Slots: Recapping The Experience Convention & Trade Show

Event was held from September 4-7 in Las Vegas

The Experience Convention & Trade Show was held from September 4-7 in Las Vegas - and what a jam-packed few days it was.


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Hard Surface Flooring Demand on the Rise

Rebounding building construction and strong consumer interest in alternatives to carpeting are leading a hard flooring revival.

According to a recent study by The Freedonia Group, Inc., hard surface flooring is in the midst of a revival – so much so that it’s expected to increase in demand by 5% to total about 9.3 billion square feet and encompass a $13.8 billion market by 2017.


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“Cross Examination: The LIVE Courtroom Experience” Coming to The Experience Convention & Trade Show Sept. 4

Jeff Bishop, Jim Holland, Charles Cressy, Ron Reese and Barry Costa will also be a part of the production

We here at ICS Cleaning Specialist and Restoration & Remediation are pleased to bring a very special event to the Gold Sponsor Programs at The Experience Convention & Trade Show on the morning of Wednesday, September 4. 


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Texas, DKI and Sunsets: News and Views from The Experience Conference & Exhibition

There's plenty of newsworthy things to report on. Oh, and pictures of sunsets, too.

The inaugural Experience Conference & Exhibition was held from April 17-20 at the Hilton in Clearwater Beach, FL. The three-day event was packed with news, hands-on demonstrations and important info. Let's begin:


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50 Years New

It has been said that the one constant is change. Over the past few years, perhaps nothing has changed more than media - the way it is read and consumed, and therefore, the way it must be delivered.


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Carpet: 4,000x Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat?

According to research detailed in a Men's Health article, carpeting contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch

Pop Quiz: What’s 4,000x dirtier than a toilet seat, contains 200,000 bacteria per square inch and is home to hundreds of thousands of different species?


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50 Years: Read and Share Your Memories

You’ve likely already noticed that the ICS February 50thanniversary issue is now live and posted here on the website.


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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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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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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

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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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

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The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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