When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and sell your online courses, there are a number of options out there that 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 good. They all have their pros and cons, as does Thinkific. So today, we’re going to have Thinkific clash against some of the best out there, so you can make an informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, expectations and capabilities.
Thinkific VS Teachable Kajabi Vs Teachable Vs Thinkific
First thing’s first, let’s get one of the bigger, and more difficult, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are both great. They both 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 difficult, but we will try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Although they both have a wide appeal that can cater to single individuals or companies and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main objective is to empower teachers more, to assist those who really care about their students’ experience, their customers are more often that not entrepreneurs — typically masters of a specific craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — and businesses who wish to grow and build their companies through education for their preferred audience.
Teachable on the other hand honestly imbibes their mantra of “Everything is Teachable.” Their target market is still quite wide even crossing over to a few of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who want to begin educating online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they cater to can be very 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 surveys and assignments as well as a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is much easier to use from the two, and actually has more to offer when it comes to the sales and marketing features. It also helps that they have some fairly strong course reporting tools, 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 assignments. Create communities and manage your students.
It also wins out a bit more in terms of its site builder, which is a big consideration if you don’t have an existing website already as it is.
Finally, in terms of cost, Thinkific kind of wins since they have a plan that’s absolutely free. Sure it provides just the basics, but it is free. And that’s a significant thing.
When it comes to the paid portion though, Thinkific has a more beginner-friendly rates, but it can actually end up becoming more costly than Teachable, depending on needs and add-on features that might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however offers everything right off the bat, based on your plan.
Thinkific can be somewhat sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you don’t need those extra bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable option between the two.
If we’re gonna have to give the crown to someone, it would need to be Thinkific, with it barely beating out Teachable. It’s 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 need to work with.
Thinkific VS Udemy
Thinkific and Udemy will be a little bit easier to compare than our previous match up, because of the fact that they’re two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Kajabi Vs Teachable Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you really can design your website. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose so and are capable, you can totally take control of your site’s design and customize plenty of it. With Udemy, you do not really get that option. You are limited in your choices for design. You can choose your course graphic, but otherwise things such as course layout and style can’t really be touched.
Udem does have a market feature however, which can be quite useful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the course, but you can’t removeit from Udemy’s marketplace, while with Thinkific, you can do whatever you want with your courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, offer any kind of discounts and when it comes to Affiliate programs, you determine how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. However, with Udemy, you need to follow their pricing , coupon system and all Affiliate Programs for your course are set at 50% commission.
There is more freedom and flexibility with Thinkific, enabling it to stand above the competition.
And that is why Thinkific kind of stands head and shoulders over Udemy for us.
Udemy is great to begin 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 market is a wonderful starting point. Additionally, it helps that it is pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy is not ideal if you would like to grow beyond that. If you want to expand, to take control or to simply go larger, it is not the ideal platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that is true.
If you would like, you don’t even have to take our word for it. One good thing you can do is try it out yourself actually. Thinkific has their free program including 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. Kajabi Vs Teachable Vs Thinkific
However, even here you can see what they concentrate on, and who they’re for specifically. For one, from how it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was created for people who wish to feature and sell individual pieces of content, instead of a more expansive and structured learning.
You go for Kajabi if you want 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 an entire structured course on acting, from its history, to its own 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 another in this regard, but instead saying that it really depends upon your requirements and exactly what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you just need to sell a course, or an entire grand program? It’s up to you, and either or is fine.
Taking a look 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 comes with 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 is another huge consideration.
As we have mentioned before, Thinkific includes a free plan you can avail of and not just test, but use indefinitely if it suits your needs. Kajabi has a 14 day trial and that is it. If you wish to give both a spin to find out if it works for you, go ahead, but for this particular item, Thinkific clearly wins.
‘At the end of the day, Kajabi does indeed have an edge in terms of the marketing suite if offers — and we can not stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how good a course is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to construct a program, which is what we assumed you want, hence you exploring all these choices, then Thinkific is your obvious choice.
Thinkific is, at its heart, the answer to what you need in the first place: A platform that will help you educate.
And The Winner is?
After going three rounds with some of the heavy hitters on the market, 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 make a powerful online educational platform, clearly wins. Kajabi Vs Teachable Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.