When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and market your online classes, there are a number of options out there that are available to you.
And Thinkific, we think, is among the best ones on the market.
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 educated decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, capabilities and expectations.
Thinkific VS Teachable Podia Vs Thinkific Vs Teachable
First thing’s first, let’s get one of the bigger, and harder, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are both great. They both 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’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! Though they both have a wide appeal that can cater to single individuals or businesses and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main objective is to empower educators more, to help those who really care about their pupils’ experience, their clients are more often that not entrepreneurs — typically masters of a specific craft such as writing, or coaches and speakers — and businesses who want 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 market is still quite wide actually even crossing over to some of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover individuals who wish to begin educating online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they appeal 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 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 even 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 them both, and actually has more to offer when it comes to the sales and marketing features. Additionally, it helps that they have some pretty powerful course reporting tools, 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 more powerful quizzing capability, how its built to support assignments. Create communities and manage your students.
Additionally, it wins out a little more in terms of its site builder, which is a major consideration if you don’t have an existing website already as it is.
Finally, concerning price, 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 includes a more beginner-friendly prices, but it could actually end up getting more expensive than Teachable, based on needs and add-on features that might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however provides everything right off the bat, based upon your plan.
Thinkific can be a bit sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you do not need those extra bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable option between the two.
If we are gonna have 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 is 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, due to the fact that they’re two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Podia Vs Thinkific Vs Teachable
With Thinkific, you can really design your site. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you decide so and are capable, you can 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 pick your course graphic, but otherwise things like course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a marketplace feature though, which can be quite 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, offer any kind of discounts and in regards to Affiliate programs, you decide 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 get started with from scratch, especially if you don’t actually have an audience yet, or in case you don’t have experience in creating an online course. It’s the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a fantastic starting point. Additionally, it helps that it is pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy is not ideal if you want to grow beyond that. If you wish to expand, to take control or to simply go larger, it is not the perfect platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that is true.
If you want, you don’t even need to take our word for it. 1 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 join. First Hand experience is always among the best ways to determine if it works for you.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
The difference 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. Podia Vs Thinkific Vs Teachable
However, even here you can see what they concentrate on, and who they are for specifically. For one, from how 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 specific topic.
Thinkific is for those who want to sell a whole 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 are by no means saying one is far better than another in this respect, but instead saying that it really depends upon your needs and what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you only need to sell a class, or an entire expansive curriculum? It’s your decision, 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’t. 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 requirements?
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 really attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that’s another enormous 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 includes a 14 day trial and that’s 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 really 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 class is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to construct a program, which is exactly what we assumed you want, hence you researching these options, then Thinkific is your obvious option.
Thinkific is, at its core, 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 a few of the heavy hitters out there, 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. Podia Vs Thinkific Vs Teachable
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.