SocialBee and FastSpring: A Case Study

Key Result

2x Year Over Year Growth in Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR)

Industry

Social Media SaaS

Headquarters

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Company

Fueled by Co-Founder and CEO, Ovi Negrean’s, passion for entrepreneurship, SocialBee was created while working on a separate startup called Nugget. In an effort to strategically scale Nugget, Ovi and the team discovered powerful social media techniques that led them to develop their own internal tools for managing social media processes. Many were impressed by their success with their internal tools and the team decided to offer it as a stand-alone product.

After selling Nugget, the team went all-in on building their social media management tools under the new SocialBee brand. Their solution has evolved into a multi-pronged approach. There is the classic SaaS offering—a suite of features built-in to an easy-to-use platform. And then there are add-on concierge services for businesses that need more hands-on support for their social media initiatives but lack internal resources.

At their core, SocialBee is focused on delivering an amazing social media management experience for their customers around the world, and are committed to consistently delivering innovative features and solutions that help make their customers’ lives easier. 

With their strong core values, the SocialBee team has expanded from a two-person team in 2017 to a “hive” of thirty-five worker bees worldwide.

“Since starting SocialBee, we managed to more-or-less double our Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) each year. FastSpring allowed us to focus on building our product and removed the payment and administrative burden of worldwide transitions."

Ovi Negrean, Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Bee (CEO)

The Challenge

Ultimately, SocialBee was designed to help customers set their social media on “autopilot” to save time while delivering better results. However, the tight-knit team at SocialBee realized that their ecommerce setup powered by Braintree was not capable of supporting their company goals of expanding into new global marketplaces. 

They realized they needed a full-service solution that would take the responsibility of global payments, taxes and VAT, and other ecommerce-related administrative burdens off their plate so they could focus on what they truly care about—building a great social media management platform for businesses worldwide.

“Before FastSpring we were using Braintree. The decision to move to FastSpring was a complex one, but one of the key factors was the fact that FastSpring was easing our administrative burden regarding global tax and VAT management, and the number of invoices that we needed to register.”

The Solution

Once the team recognized they needed more than a payment solution, they found FastSpring. The robust platform with a feature-rich suite of ecommerce solutions combined with a helpful support team was exactly what SocialBee needed in order to focus on global expansion.

“We are a particular case because of our mix of the tools and concierge services so when implementing the FastSpring integration we received a lot of help and support from the team.”

SocialBee partnered with FastSpring for a variety of reasons including:

“Having many payment methods that are always relevant to each different region around the world has helped us achieve significant growth worldwide.”

FastSpring Feature Shoutout: FastSpring Payouts – Instead of registering hundreds or even thousands of invoices for each of their subscribers to manually calculate how much revenue the company is earning, SocialBee automatically receives payments directly from the FastSpring app twice a month.

The Results

“Only through providing real value to your customers, can you build a valuable business.”

What initially began as a search for a payment solution quickly turned into the beginning of a long-term partnership focused on growth. Since they partnered with FastSpring, SocialBee has doubled its monthly recurring revenue (MRR) each year without the hassle of any ecommerce-related administrative burdens.

In addition to their success in doubling their recurring revenue year over year, the SocialBee team found a true partner in FastSpring. While initially looking for a payment solution, they realized FastSpring is so much more—as a full-service ecommerce partner, FastSpring is committed to SocialBee’s long-term growth as a business. 

With the support of FastSpring, SocialBee has its eyes set on the future as they are focused on improving their tools and services in order to grow their company and serve more customers worldwide.

“Our mission is to help companies take off so our internal roadmap is filled with many delightful improvements as well as larger modules that we are planning to build. We’re glad to have a partner like FastSpring who is with us every step of the way.”

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