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CASE STUDY

First Scout

First Scout creates outstanding recruitment films for college-bound student athletes. To get to the next level, they needed Connex's automation to match deposits between Stripe and QuickBooks. In just one year, they saved hundreds of hours of manual data entry and almost doubled their revenue.

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THE CUSTOMER

Over the last 10 years, First Scout have built a video production company and started to produce commercial videos for businesses. With a master of the fundamentals and in-depth knowledge, the First Scout crew creates exceptional work to portray greatness. Now, the New England based company partners with camps, tournaments, showcases, and travels across the country to bring more coverage to more athletes. The First Scout team has in-depth knowledge of what college coaches and recruiters look for on film and have helped thousands of athletes create their college recruitment films. Their dedication to quality and service is what makes their athletes’ films both outstanding and effective.

THE PROBLEM

Since 2009, First Scout prides themselves in creating top-tier recruitment films for college-bound student athletes. Connex customer, First Scout, was searching for a solution that integrated Stripe with QuickBooks to eliminate manual data entry and avoid human errors. Lucky for them, they stumbled into Connex by a quick Google search. After using Connex’s automated match deposit tool for just a year, they saved hundreds of hours of manual data entry and almost doubled their revenue. Jon Chastney, CEO & Co-Founder of First Scout started the company in 2009 when it was just a start-up idea. Along with Jon’s twin brother, Ben, they created First Scout to provide professional recruitment film services for college- bound student athletes. Having film to share with college coaches has become a recruiting essential, and Jon and Ben have been filming college- bound athletes since 2009.

 

THE SOLUTION

Connex felt like “turning on a switch”. Jon frequently says that his team was looking and doing research every day trying to find the solution that just felt right and checked all the boxes. When he spoke with Joe, the CEO and Founder of Sync with Connex, he immediately knew that First Scout found the automation needed to get their business to the next level. In Jon’s words, Connex was the switch they were looking for. “We love Connex because it’s very hands-off. Matching deposits is a huge feature, and being able to do this properly is amazing! Financial visibility is incredibly important for us as a small business and being able to see this in real-time is a bonus. We plan on using Connex for years to come while we grow our business!”

 

THE RESULT

First Scout uses the latest technology and their work ethic reflects exceptional work. Roughly filming 50-75 event per year, they produce and edit films on-site. Their expereince videographers, professional grade equipment with the latest software technology and flexible delivery options – First Scout is hard to compete with. With a quick turnaround rate, they use Stripe to implement their orders and purchases. Their biggest concern was getting the information from Stripe to QuickBooks automatically, without wasting any time. “As small business owners, time is most valuable. To have an automated solution like Connex was a dream! We no longer have to worry about manual data entry and we see real time financial visibility, which is important as the CEO.”

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