When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and sell your online classes, there are quite a few options out there that are available to you.
And Thinkific, we believe, is one of the best ones on the market.
However, that’s not to say others aren’t as great. They all have their pros and cons, as does Thinkific. So today, we’re going to have Thinkific battle against a few of the best out there, so that you can make an educated decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, expectations and capabilities.
Thinkific VS Teachable Memberpress 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 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’ll try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Although they both have a broad appeal that can cater to single individuals or businesses 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 — usually masters of a specific craft such as writing, or coaches and speakers — and businesses who wish to grow and develop their companies through education for their chosen 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 wish to start educating 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 student engagement, both Teachable and Thinkific are excellent 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 provides you more flexibility with its course builder, extensive course reporting tools and an iOS app for your student, Thinkific can provide you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create assignments and surveys as well as a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is 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 programs, and their checkout process is optimized — complete with 1-click upsells, support for Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc..
Thinkific really hones in on the side somewhat 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 site 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’s free. And that’s a big thing.
In regards to the paid portion though, Thinkific has a more beginner-friendly prices, but it could actually end up getting more expensive than Teachable, depending on needs and add-on features that might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however provides everything right off the bat, depending on your plan.
Thinkific can be somewhat sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you don’t need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the less expensive option between the two.
If we are gonna need to provide the crown to somebody, it would have to be Thinkific, with it barely beating out Teachable. It’s so close that, at the end of the day, it is really more of a personal preference and contextualized need that will guide 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 are two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Memberpress 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 plenty of it. With Udemy, you do not really get that choice. You are limited in your options for design. You can pick your course graphic, but otherwise things like course layout and style can’t really be touched.
Udem does have a market feature though, which can be really helpful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the course, but you can not take it out of Udemy’s marketplace, while with Thinkific, you can do anything you want with your courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, provide any kind of discounts and when it comes to Affiliate programs, you determine how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. But with Udemy, you have 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’s 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 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 market 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 simply go larger, it’s not the perfect platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that’s the case.
If you would like, 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 including all the basics, while Udemy does not charge you a monthly fee if you join. First Hand experience is always one of the best ways to determine if it works for you.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
The gap between Thinkific and Kajabi can be observed 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. Memberpress Vs Thinkific
However, even here you can see what they focus on, and who they are for specifically. For one, from the way it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was created for men and women who want to sell and feature individual pieces of content, rather than a more expansive and structured learning.
You go for Kajabi if you want to teach someone let us say how to do Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that particular topic.
Thinkific is for those who want 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 are 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 only have to sell a class, or an entire grand program? 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 can provide certifications, while with Kajabi, you can’t. Kajabi comes with 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 requirements?
Kajabi s a fantastic all-in-one marketing solution, however it has a propensity to overextend its offerings, trying 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 have mentioned before, Thinkific has 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’s it. If you want to give both a spin to see if it works for you, go ahead, but for this specific item, Thinkific clearly wins.
‘At the end of the day, Kajabi does indeed have an edge concerning the marketing suite if offers — and we can not stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how great a course is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you need to construct a program, which is what we assumed you want, hence you researching these choices, then Thinkific is your obvious option.
Thinkific is, at its heart, 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 some of the heavy hitters out there, Thinkific with its core focus on its class builder, terrific plan options that includes a basic free service, and it’s focus on making the experience of getting out there to make a strong online educational platform, clearly wins. Memberpress Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.