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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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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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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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.

Podcasts

Yes, it's only February now - several weeks or months before the thaw depending on where you live - and hopefully this winter has been a profitable one for your business during the historical slow season. But now's also the time to start planning for the busy season - spring - so that you can hit the ground running. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun shares tips and tricks on how to make this spring your most profitable yet.
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2015 March

The March ICS issue features content on cleaning services, green chemistry, encapsulation, terrazzo floors, educating clients and new products.

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