Let’s be honest – Linkedin is a GREAT resource for not only connecting with clients, but also connecting with competitors. *gasp* Yes, yes you read that correctly – I said connecting with competitors. We all have plenty of stuff to learn from others, and goodness knows we have learned plenty of lessons ourselves. So, now that you’re past the initial shock of actually sitting down with those you spend all day trying to beat out of a contract, let’s talk about how to network with them!

Linkedin’s groups feature is probably the easiest most efficient way to learn from, connect with, and interact with competitors in the restoration industry. And, given enough time, I think you’ll find these “competitors” to be more friends than anything. From chatting about upcoming law changes to how to deal with pesky non-paying customers, there’s few things I haven’t seen discussed in Linkedin groups. It’s a great resource!

So, you’re on board… again. Where should you join? Well, first you’ll need to be on Linkedin – http://www.linkedin.com/ – the largest social networking website for business people. Next, you’ll need to join these groups. Some of them require permissions to be allowed to join, so make sure your profile is filled out (wouldn’t want you to fall into the spam filter!). Beneath each group is the group’s description for your added benefit!

“Welcome all Restoration & Remediation Experts, Insurance Agents & Adjusters, Carpet/Upholstery/Hard Surface Cleaners, Facility Managers, Indoor Air Quality Professionals & more!

Apart of the Cleaning & Restoration Industry and looking , to make new contacts, discuss industry trends, marketing tips, techniques & scenarios? Join now!!!

Tags: Carpet, upholstery, janitorial, hard surface, natural stone, hardwood, water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, restoration, remediation, mitigation, insurance, property loss, adjusters, insurance agents, xactimate, insurance restoration, cleaning industry, restoration industry, general contractor, Indoor air quality, IAQ”

“The Restoration Industry Association is the oldest and largest non-profit, professional trade association dedicated to providing industry leadership, supporting science, and promoting best practices in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Representing over 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1,200 firms, specializing in textiles, environmental issues, and restoration, RIA provides credibility, education and business improvement events to maximize industry exposure and to advance knowledge in the cleaning and restoration industry. With an extensive network of professionals working towards similar goals, RIA has become a trusted resource of knowledge for those involved in cleaning and restoration.”

“Certified mold inspectors and certified mold remediators all over the country are localized in place to provide a wealth of information for home owners seeking assistance with their mold problems. If you are an industry professional, we would love to hear from you in the discussions. If you are a home owner with questions or comments, please feel free to join the discussions as well, we are happy to help out!”

  • Restoration Business Owners and Managers – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Restoration-Business-Owners-Managers-4028912?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

“This group will discuss topics related to improving profits, business growth, new business opportunities, marketing, accountability and implementing change in your restoration business.”

“This group is a forum for restoration professionals to share experiences, support each other, exchange ideas and find solutions.”

  • Restoration Marketing Blog – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Restoration-Marketing-Blog-4866854?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr < shameless plug!

“Property Restoration Marketing professionals face an ongoing challenge of trying to apply construction marketing techniques to an industry that operates completely different from remodeling construction. While construction companies are marketing to someone who wants to remodel their upstairs bathroom, restoration professionals find themselves having to marketing to clients before they’re needed… probably when that plumber installing the upstairs bathroom forgets to turn the water off.

The Restoration Marketing Blog is here to solve just that. To serve as a resource for restoration professionals to learn new tips and tricks of the trade, comment, and submit ideas of their own. Having worked in the restoration industry for years, I know just how tough it is to make those vital connections, so any helpful tidbits are much appreciated!

Looking forward to helping property restoration companies learn the ins and outs of property restoration marketing! Use this group as a means to network, throw out ideas, soak up information, and more!”

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