When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and sell your online classes, there are a number of options out there which are available to you.
And Thinkific, we believe, is among the best ones on the market.
However, that is not to say others aren’t as good. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, as does Thinkific. So today, we’re going to have Thinkific clash against some of the best on the market, so that you can make an informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, capabilities and expectations.
Thinkific VS Teachable Ruzuku 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 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’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 companies and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main goal is to empower educators 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 coaches and speakers — and businesses who wish to grow and develop their companies 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 some of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover individuals 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 student 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 provides you more flexibility with its course builder, extensive course reporting tools and even an iOS app for your pupil, Thinkific can give 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 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 a bit 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 price, 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 significant thing.
In regards to the paid portion though, Thinkific includes a more beginner-friendly rates, 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 offers everything right off the bat, depending on your plan.
Thinkific can be a bit sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you don’t need those extra bells and whistles, Thinkific is the less expensive option between the two.
If we are gonna have to provide the crown to somebody, it would need 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 lead 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. Ruzuku Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you can really design your website. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you decide so and are competent, you can take control of your site’s design and customize plenty of it. With Udemy, you don’t 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 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 whatever 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 determine how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. However, 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, allowing 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 internet course. It’s the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a fantastic starting point. It also 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 just go larger, it is not the perfect platform for you.
We highly suggest you go with Thinkific instead, if that is the case.
If you want, you do not even have to take our word for it. 1 good thing you can do is try it out yourself actually. Thinkific has their free plan with all the basics, while Udemy doesn’t charge you a monthly fee if you join. First Hand experience is always one of the best ways to see 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 a bit. Ruzuku Vs Thinkific
But 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, it is possible to see that Kajabi was created for people that wish to sell and feature individual pieces of content, instead of a more expansive and structured learning.
You go for Kajabi if you wish to teach someone let’s say how to perform Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that specific topic.
Thinkific is for people who want to sell a whole 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 the other in this regard, but rather saying that it really depends on your requirements and what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you just have to sell a class, or an entire expansive curriculum? It’s your decision, and either or is fine.
Taking a look 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 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 requirements?
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 enormous 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 includes 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 concerning the promotion 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 need to build a course, which is what we assumed you need, hence you exploring all these choices, then Thinkific is the clear choice.
Thinkific is, at its heart, 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 course builder, terrific plan options that includes a basic free service, and it’s focus on making the experience of getting out there to create a powerful online educational platform, clearly wins. Ruzuku Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.