When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and market your online classes, there are quite a few options out there that are available to you.
And Thinkific, we think, is among the best ones on the market.
However, that’s not to say others aren’t as great. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, as does Thinkific. So today, we’re going to have Thinkific clash against some of the best out there, so you can make an educated decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, expectations and capabilities.
Thinkific VS Teachable Kajabi Vs Thinkific Vs
First thing’s first, let us get one of the bigger, and harder, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are equally great. They offer the essentials you’ll need, easy to use whether you have experience or not, are fairly priced and are just really great solutions. They are quite similar so that 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! Though they both have a broad appeal that can cater to single individuals or companies and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main goal is to empower teachers more, to help those who really care about their students’ experience, their clients are more often that not entrepreneurs — typically masters of a specific craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — and companies who wish to grow and build their businesses through education for their preferred audience.
Teachable on the other hand truly imbibes their mantra of “Everything is Teachable.” Their target audience is still quite wide actually even crossing over to a few of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who want to start teaching online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they appeal 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 tough 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 give you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create surveys and assignments in addition to a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is much easier to use from them both, and really 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 educational side somewhat 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.
When it comes 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 might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however provides everything right off the bat, depending upon your plan.
Thinkific can be somewhat sneaky that way. But if you don’t need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable option between the two.
If we’re gonna need to provide the crown to someone, it would have 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 guide you to which of the two platforms you need to work with.
Thinkific VS Udemy
Thinkific and Udemy will be a tiny bit easier to compare than our previous match up, because of the fact that they’re two very different platforms with their own pros and cons. Kajabi Vs Thinkific Vs
With Thinkific, you really can design your website. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose so and are capable, it is possible to take control of your website’s design and customize plenty of it. With Udemy, you don’t really get that choice. You are limited in your options for design. You can choose your course graphic, but otherwise things such as course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a marketplace feature however, which can be quite helpful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the program, but you can’t 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 decide how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. But with Udemy, you need to follow their pricing options, coupon system and all Affiliate Programs for your class 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 get started with from scratch, especially if you don’t actually have an audience yet, or If you don’t have experience in creating an online course. It’s the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a wonderful starting point. It also helps that it is pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy is not ideal if you want to grow beyond that. If you want to expand, to take control or to just go larger, it is not the ideal platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that’s the case.
If you want, you don’t even need 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 does not charge you a monthly fee if you combine. First Hand experience is always one of the best ways to determine if it works for you.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
The difference 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 just a bit. Kajabi Vs Thinkific Vs
However, even here you can see what they focus 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 want to teach someone let’s say how to perform Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that particular topic.
Thinkific is for people who want to sell an entire structured course on acting, from its history, to its techniques, to the different kinds and styles you will find out there in the world. We’re by no means saying one is far better than another in this regard, but rather saying that it really depends upon your needs and what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you only have to sell a course, or an entire grand program? It’s up to you, and either or is fine.
Looking at the features, that’s 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 can offer certifications, while with Kajabi, you can not. Kajabi is accompanied by an email-builder and a landing page builder, while Thinkific does not. 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, trying to do too much and not really attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that’s another huge consideration.
As we have mentioned before, Thinkific has 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 want 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 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 will need to construct a course, which is what we assumed you want, hence you researching these options, then Thinkific is the clear choice.
Thinkific is, at its core, the answer to everything 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 on the market, Thinkific with its core focus on its class builder, terrific 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. Kajabi Vs Thinkific Vs
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.