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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.

ICS on YouTube

By Eric Fish
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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?

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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"

By Al Levi
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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

By Eric Fish
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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

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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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Nepotism: Keeping it all in the family

By Al Levi
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The wrong and the right ways to enter into the family business.
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A Connections Conundrum

By Eric Fish
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One of the most admirable things about restoration workers is how spontaneous they have to be. When the phone rings and there’s work to be had, they have to get themselves ready to go, whether it’s 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.  Now this little bit that I’m about to share certainly isn’t on the same level as the “drop everything and get out to the site” mentality of what restoration professionals have to go through, but...

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Want to Fix, Grow or Sell Your Business?

By Al Levi
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What are your goals in three to five years?
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Multitasking Myth

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There are customers and staff tossing balls into the air and expecting you to effectively juggle them all.
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Final Thoughts from RIA/IICRC Update

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The Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) 67th-annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) came to a close March 29, capping three days worth of convention workshops, keynote addresses, breakout sessions and, of course, networking.
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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

Don't underestimate the value of a good Internet marketing plan. In fact, if you do this right, it's not uncommon to see ROI along the lines of 30-to-1. Here's a look at 27 free and low-cost tips that you can begin implementing within your cleaning business today to drive more business.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

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2014 August

The August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

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Social Media

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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Get Paid! (ebook)
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.

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ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

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TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

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