When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and market your online classes, there are quite a few options out there which are available to you.
And Thinkific, we think, is among the best ones out there.
However, that is not to say the others aren’t as great. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, as does Thinkific. So today, we are going to have Thinkific battle against a few of the best on the market, so that you can make an informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, capabilities and expectations.
Thinkific VS Teachable Course Craft Vs Thinkific
First thing’s first, let us get one of the bigger, and more difficult, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are both great. They offer the essentials that you’ll need, easy to use whether you have experience or not, are fairly priced and are just really great solutions. They’re quite similar so it makes choosing between the two of them a little bit more complicated, but we will try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Although they both have a broad appeal that may cater to single individuals or businesses and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s most important goal is to empower teachers more, to help those who really care about their students’ experience, their clients are more often that not entrepreneurs — usually masters of a specific craft such as writing, or coaches and speakers — and companies who want to grow and build their companies through education for their chosen audience.
Teachable on the other hand truly imbibes their mantra of “Everything is Teachable.” Their target market is still quite wide actually even crossing over to some of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who want to start educating online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they cater to can be quite revealing for what they stand for and what they can do.
Moving on to course creation and pupil engagement, both Teachable and Thinkific are really good at what they do. It’s really hard to go wrong with one or the other. There are of course differences between the two.
While Teachable offers you more flexibility with its course builder, extensive course reporting tools and an iOS app for your pupil, Thinkific can provide you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create assignments and surveys in addition to a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is much easier to use from them both, and really has more to offer in regards to the sales and marketing features. It also helps that they have some fairly powerful course reporting programs, and their checkout procedure is optimized — complete with 1-click upsells, support for Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc..
Thinkific really hones in on the side a bit more, with a greater focus on students. You can see that in its stronger quizzing capability, how its built to support missions. Create communities and manage your students.
Additionally, it wins out a bit more in terms of its site builder, which is a big consideration if you don’t have an existing site already as it is.
Finally, in terms of cost, Thinkific kind of wins because they have a plan that’s absolutely free. Sure it offers just the basics, but it’s free. And that’s a big thing.
In regards to the paid portion though, Thinkific has a more beginner-friendly rates, but it could actually end up getting more expensive than Teachable, depending on needs and add-on features which may not be available on certain plans. Teachable however offers everything right off the bat, depending on your plan.
Thinkific can be somewhat sneaky that way. But if you do not need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable choice between the two.
If we’re gonna need to give the crown to somebody, it would need to be Thinkific, with it barely beating out Teachable. It is so close that, at the end of the day, it’s really more of a personal preference and contextualized need that will lead you to which of the two platforms you should work with.
Thinkific VS Udemy
Thinkific and Udemy will be a tiny bit easier to compare than our previous match up, due to the fact that they’re two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Course Craft Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you really can design your website. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you decide so and are competent, you can take control of your website’s design and customize a lot of it. With Udemy, you don’t really get that option. You are limited in your choices for design. You can pick your course graphic, but otherwise things like course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a market feature however, which can be quite helpful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the program, but you can not removeit from Udemy’s marketplace, while with Thinkific, you can do anything you want with your own courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, provide any kind of discounts and in regards to Affiliate programs, you determine how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. However, with Udemy, you have to follow their pricing , coupon system and all Affiliate Programs to your class are set at 50% commission.
There is more freedom and flexibility with Thinkific, allowing it to stand above the competition.
And that’s why Thinkific kind of stands head and shoulders over Udemy for us.
Udemy is great to get started with from scratch, especially if you don’t really have an audience yet, or If you don’t have experience in creating an internet course. It has the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a wonderful starting point. It also helps that it’s pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy isn’t ideal if you would like to grow beyond that. If you want to expand, to take control or to just go larger, it’s not the ideal platform for you.
We highly suggest you go with Thinkific instead, if that is the case.
If you want, you do not even have to take our word for it. One good thing you can do is try it out yourself actually. Thinkific has their free plan with all the basics, while Udemy doesn’t charge you a monthly fee if you combine. First Hand experience is always one of the best ways to see if it works for you.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
The gap between Thinkific and Kajabi can be seen in their messaging.
Thinkific’s homepage says “Easily Create, market and sell your online course. You get complete control and great support.”
Kajabi’s says,”Sell Your Knowledge. Get Set up in minutes. Everything under one roof”
Kind of similar, yeah? Yes and no. We’ll get to it in a bit. Course Craft Vs Thinkific
But even here you can see what they concentrate on, and who they’re for specifically. For one, from the way it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was made for men and women who wish to feature and sell individual pieces of content, rather than a more expansive and structured learning.
You go for Kajabi if you wish to teach someone let us say how to perform Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that particular topic.
Thinkific is for those who wish to sell a whole structured course on acting, from its history, to its techniques, to the different kinds and styles there are out there in the world. We’re by no means saying one is far better than the other in this regard, but instead saying that it really depends on your requirements and exactly what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you only need to sell a course, or an entire expansive curriculum? It’s up to you, and either or is fine.
Looking at the features, that is also reflected. Thinkific offers a great pure course builder, while Kajabi is more of a marketing platform with sales automation tagging features. With Thinkific, you are able to provide certifications, while with Kajabi, you can not. Kajabi is accompanied by an email-builder and a landing page builder, while Thinkific doesn’t. Kajabi is the way to go if sales funnels are what you need with your software. That being said, Thinkific has a cool blog post about increasing sales for your online course here.
Again: What are your needs?
Kajabi s a fantastic all-in-one marketing solution, however it has a tendency to overextend its offerings, attempting to do too much and not actually attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that’s another huge consideration.
As we’ve mentioned before, Thinkific includes a free plan you can avail of and not just test, but use indefinitely if it satisfies your needs. Kajabi has a 14 day trial and that is it. If you want to give both a spin to find out if it works for you, go ahead, but for this specific item, Thinkific clearly wins.
‘At the end of the day, Kajabi does really have an edge concerning the promotion suite if offers — and we can’t stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how great a class is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you need to build a course, which is exactly what we assumed you need, hence you exploring these choices, then Thinkific is your obvious option.
Thinkific is, at its core, the answer to what you need in the first place: A platform to help you educate.
And The Winner is?
After going three rounds with a few of the heavy hitters out there, Thinkific with its core focus on its course builder, great plan options that even includes a basic free service, and it’s focus on making the experience of getting out there to create a strong online educational platform, clearly wins. Course Craft Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.