Knowledge is power.
Though cliché and repeated to no end, that saying is one of the truest things in the whole wide world. It’s why people put such great stock into education, into learning, whether it’s in a classroom or in the comfort of their own homes.
Online classes are gaining more and more traction nowadays, most especially in a Covid-19 world. So what better time than now not to just learn new things, but to actually go out there and share what you have and teach something over the internet?
How hard can it be?
Unsurprisingly, it is extremely hard.
Aside form the technological logistics of setting up a fantastic camera set-up and getting great sound, you have to fix your classes, plan out every lesson, edit your courses into something engaging and not at all boring and ultimately get it out there.
You can have the best classes in the world, but if it can not get it into the hands of the ones that need it the most, then what’s the point right? And that’s where Thinkific comes in.
Thinkific is an online course platform that can allow you to create, market and sell online courses on your website. If you are the teacher in this circumstance, Thinkific makes sure you have a school filled with paying pupils eager to learn.
You guys work hand-in-hand to change lives.
So is Thinkific any good? Let’s find out.
WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU? Discussion Board in Thinkific
Thinkific shines in its features.
Not only is it easy to use, friendly to people even with hardly any experience in this type of thing, it’s everything you might need.
They’ve a wonderful Site Builder you can use to house your educational content. Although you can’t set up your own style sheets, it is still a pretty versatile tool which allows you to make a pretty good looking home page and as many custom pages as you need, for all the information you may need.
For now there are three themes for the website to choose from, and under each theme are numerous variations to choose form, providing you with a wide range of options. Apparently, they do plan on expanding the number of themes eventually.
There are also pre-built sections you can insert into your website as needed, in the event that you ever need to, and there’s also a blank slate”Text and Media” option if you would like to build from scratch. Everything boils down to you preference.
If you wish to build your entire site on Thinkific, you can! It’s equipped enough to allow you to do that.
A far more shining aspect of Thinkific is its course creator, not because its fancy or anything, but because of its beautiful simplicity. A mostly drag and drop editor, it allows you to stack up everything you need, making the process all very painless. If you want to mess around with the code though and really get into it, you can do this as well. You can make it as unique and customized as you need
But for many people, they would happily lean into the drag and drop editor.
In terms of the kinds of lessons you’ll be able to make, Thinkific’s got you covered. You can whip up Video Lessons, Multimedia Lessons, Quiz Lessons, Survey Lessons and Audio lessons to name a few. It is all there.
Communication with your students is also a breeze. You can send individual emails to your students or start a conversation with the whole community. They even remember to focus on the small things that people have a tendency to gloss over: Visual Management. Each student’s picture can be seen, names, contact information and how far they are into their course is visible.
To sum it all up, Thinkific is quite easy to use and offers you everything you might need in creating your program. We should never forget how important it is to have the right tools and software for our business.
However, now that you have created your platform, how can you fill it up with students?
MARKETING MADE EASY Discussion Board in Thinkific
Occasionally, some online platforms kind of skimp out on the promotions area, which is honestly a key failure on their part. After all, what’s the use of an online course with no pupils right? It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got the best course in the world if no one could ever hear of it.
Thinkific understands this and therefore, built their promotional tools and programs into their platform in a really smart and effective way. That and it is automated, which makes it even easier for you.
If you want to introduce specific content to your students, wherein they will be informed of certain courses that will be released over time, Thinkific can accomplish this.
If you would like to target specific people who may be more inclined to go for what you are offering, Thinkific can send automated emails to them. It can even be scheduled if you’d like! And you even have the power to be compensated instantly once someone signs up for your course, so that’s a good additional bonus.
If you’re looking for an affiliate program so you can request help of others in getting more students, Thinkific has that also. You can even have coupons prepared so that you can easily entice potential new students with great deals.
If you want to be able to track where these students are coming form, informing your possible next steps concerning marketing, you can do this from the dashboard as well. You can see and track coupons, affiliates, and link up your Adwords, Facebook and other social networking accounts for a better view of the visitors. In other words you can set up a simple sales funnel!
In terms on integrations in advertising though, Thinkific was smart enough to focus on 6 important points: E-Commerce, Automation Tools, Analytics (which is very important), Email Marketing, Student Success and Growth Tools. The level of which you can access these integrations though are dependent on which specific plan that you have, so that’s something you need to remember.
They are very versatile when it comes to this aspect, so that’s always a great thing to have on your side.
And speaking of those that are on your side.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT Discussion Board in Thinkific
Thinkific comes with a Help Center that is going to be very helpful, particularly when you’re starting out. It has a getting started, training and community section. The community section is of particular note, because here you can interact with, ask support from and just generally talk to other Thinkific users.
It’s nice to have a guide, but it’s really different being able to talk to another person about specific things.
There is also a resource page with all sorts of product demos to introduce you to the platform, and to give you a hand. A blog filled with very helpful tutorials is also available, and there’s even a free training video ready for whenever you feel you need it.
Sadly, Thinkific doesn’t really have a number you can call for help, and that’s honestly one of its failings.
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST ME?
Their pricing is divided into four plans, one of which is Free and ideal for those who sort of just want to dip their toes in the water .
This is the aforementioned free plan, which offers you the most basic core features of Thinkific. It’s got a fairly high 10% transaction fee, and gives you what you will need to start making, advertising, selling, and upselling your courses. It even has the basic integrations, Stripe/PayPal support (which will always be useful) and access to all the funds.
Essentials Discussion Board in Thinkific
At $49 per month, this is where things get a bit more interesting. Apart from the core features, the transaction fee is now 5 percent, and you also get new things such as promotions and coupons, monthly subscriptions, class bundles, a higher degree of integration, basic Zapier, drip content, affiliate reporting, a bulk student emailer, customized domain and extra course prices.
This is for the ones that want a little bit extra, but are not going all in yet on their online learning platform. This could be good for smaller courses.
To access the Business Plan, you’ll need to shell out $99 a month. Apart from getting all of the features in the prior plans, you’re now supplemented with no transaction fees, completion certificates, private and hidden courses, site white labeling, a host storyline, intermediate Zapier, webhooks, three-course accounts, advanced HTML/CSS editing, priority support, teacher payout reporting, an onboarding call, payment plans, and a direct Infusionsoft integration.
And finally, for $279 per month, you can truly go all in. You get everything in each of the prior plans Plus a single sign-on (SSO), three site admin accounts, 10-course admin accounts, an onboarding specialist, onboarding package, public API, advanced integrations, and advanced Zapier.
If you want to go big, Advanced is the way to go.
All in all, the pricing for Thinkific stands at a pretty fair price, with what’s competitive as compared to other similar platforms.
IS Thinkific FOR YOU? Discussion Board in Thinkific
So now that that we have run down the basics of what Thinkific has to offer, do you think that it’s the ideal platform for you?
Honestly, we believe it could very well be. We love what it offers, and we truly feel that it’ll empower you to truly be an education entrepreneur who could go to the next level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or that you’ve already started in this particular industry.
Thinkific can help take you to another level.
You don’t have to think that hard about it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Discussion Board in Thinkific
Q: Is Thinkific’s Free plan a kind of trial?
A: No, it’s an actual free plan. If it suits your needs, you can use it for as long as you want.
Q: Is there a MoneyBack guarantee with Thinkific?
A: Yes, Thinkific does offer a 30-day money back guarantee!
Q: Is Thinkific considered as an LMS?
A: Yes Thinkific is considered as an LMS (Learning Management System)
Q: Is Thinkific friendly to people without technical expertise?
A: Thinkific was designed so that anyone can come onboard and begin their online education business, no matter the degree of experience of experience.