2003: Our First Website
When our first website was published in 2003 high-speed internet was still in its infancy, but as it began to proliferate across the country developers and entrepreneurs alike raced to find new ways of using the extra bandwidth.
One fateful night in the spring of 2003 ServiceMonster’s CEO and chief architect, Joe Kowlaski, wrote out the first business plan and bought the domain for principalfocus.com, the company that would eventually become ServiceMonster. The very first website for Principal Focus was published before the year was through. Our mission was clear from the start: We are not building a business, we are building a better way to do business.
2005: Feature Focused
By 2005 the Principal Focus website had been rebuilt three times to focus on the features of Service Center Business, the software that laid the foundation for ServiceMonster. Many of these early features remain at the center of our software today, including marketing, scheduling, customer management, and more!
2008: Meet ServiceMonster
In 2008 Service Center Business was retired in favor of a new name: ServiceMonster. With a new name came new industries, and this site is one of the first to display the wide variety of industries that could use the software. At the time, ServiceMonster was our most capable offering ever, and leveraged 5 years of development to double down on marketing features. Our pitch had also evolved, with this site reading: Your Business. Only Better.
2011: Going Mobile
ServiceMonster was the very first software of its kind to run on mobile in 2009, with a web application designed for Blackberry. However the mobile landscape would change forever only a year later, when the first iPad was announced. The ServiceMonster team committed to building an app for the new device, and we launched ServiceMonster Mobile 2.0 in 2011 to make our software accessible on tablets and smartphones of all kinds.
2014: Back to Basics
In August of 2013, we published the ServiceMonster 5.0 update and refocused our efforts on small businesses. After ten years of development, ServiceMonster had become a behemoth of a software capable of managing multinational enterprises with hundreds of locations, but as a result it had become difficult to use for smaller businesses that didn’t need the added complexity.
Throughout 2014, our team focused on cleaning up the software to fit the needs of owner-operators and large businesses alike. The same year, we debuted a new website that reflected a reorientation towards simplicity and ease of use.
2017: ServiceMonster Six
Unlike previous versions of ServiceMonster, Six was built entirely from scratch. It was the culmination of a three year long project to develop proprietary future-proof technology, and built on fifteen years of experience to produce the largest leap forward in our technology yet. It introduced a simple new interface, along with streamlined features and automation. Our website was also remade to focus on the new marketing automation tools in Six.
Twelve years after introducing the monster mascot, ServiceMonster rebranded to a modern blue and white logo. The new branding accompanied the launch of ServiceMonster 6.5, which focused on an overhaul of the in-app interface. This site was redesigned again in 2021 with a light color scheme, and has been the online destination to learn about ServiceMonster for over three years.
2023: Twenty Years Later
Our new website is a complete reimagining of what our brochure site can be. It includes a new directory to learn about our integrations, new pages to illustrate features, and improvements to usability across the site. Dark blue accents harken back to the first Principal Focus website, and the slogan on our homepage reinforces a mission that we have pursued for twenty years: building a better way for you to do business.