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.

Desperate Times Call For...Simple Measures?

March 4, 2009
I’m amazed at how fast the decline of the U.S. economy has impacted our lifestyles. We are buying far fewer goods and services that we now consider luxuries, and we are slowing the pace of our lives in the process.
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2 Most Important Things To Do To Get Your Phone Ringing

March 1, 2009
We all need to be great at marketing.
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Five Tactics Your Competitors Are Using to Survive the 'New Normal'

February 23, 2009
I live and work in the rather sickly Detroit metropolitan market. Every time I drive by a flooring store, granite shop, plumbing showroom or contractor’s truck, I wonder how they are doing. What steps have they taken to cut costs? How long can they keep going if conditions don’t improve?
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Las Vegas Construction Meltdown

February 11, 2009
I had heard that Las Vegas construction was in huge trouble. According to the reports, the financial meltdown had broken the city’s back. The cranes were idle, the jackhammers silent and the workers sent packing. Put a fork in all those huge building projects--they're dead.
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Are My Bad Weather Blues Good News For You?

January 29, 2009
I’ve cleared my driveway for the 200th time this winter (OK, it just seems like 200 times) only to have it recovered with a fresh blanket of snow before I drive away.
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Sundance: Stars, Snow and Soil

January 26, 2009
A weekend in Park City, Utah showed me just how effective a good soil-prevention program can be in even the most adverse conditions.
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Are Obama Fans Too Optimistic?

January 21, 2009
Regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum, you are likely looking forward to a change in Washington. If you are a business owner or manager, you are especially excited by the prospects of a new cadre of leaders generating optimism among consumers.
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Only Great Products Will Sustain the Green Movement

January 16, 2009
For the last few years, anything green has received incredible attention. The high price of oil, the threat of global warming, and a strong economy have caused us to view the world through green-tinted glasses. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel like I am drowning in a sea of green.
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Is Equipment Monitoring Taking Money Out of Your Business?

January 8, 2009

Over the years I have resisted every attempt by the insurance companies to get me to charge for equipment monitoring. That is, until recently.
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I'm Dreaming of These Holiday Mergers

December 23, 2008
The recent spate of mergers caused me to wonder why we--the valued customers of these companies--were not consulted about their unions. I know we could pick better partners.
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