When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and sell your online courses, there are quite a few options out there that are available to you.
And Thinkific, we believe, is among the best ones on the market.
However, that is not to say the others aren’t as good. 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 you can make an educated decision on which platform works best for you.
Everybody has different needs, expectations and capabilities.
Thinkific VS Teachable Simplero 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 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 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 may cater to single individuals or companies and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s main objective is to empower educators more, to help those who really care about their students’ experience, their clients are more often that not entrepreneurs — usually masters of a particular craft such as writing, or coaches and speakers — and businesses who wish to grow and develop 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 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 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 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 surveys and assignments as well as a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is easier to use from the two, and really has more to offer when it comes to the sales and marketing features. Additionally, it helps that they have some fairly 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 educational side somewhat more, with a greater focus on students. You can see that in its more powerful quizzing capability, the way 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 major consideration if you don’t have an existing website 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 is 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 becoming more costly 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 a bit sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you don’t need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable choice between the two.
If we are gonna need to give the crown to someone, it would have 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 taste 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, because of the fact that they’re two quite different platforms with their own pros and cons. Simplero Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you really can design your site. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose so and are competent, you can take control of your site’s design and customize plenty of it. With Udemy, you do not really get that option. You’re limited in your choices for design. You can pick your course graphic, but otherwise things such as course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a marketplace feature though, which can be really helpful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the course, but you can’t 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, offer any type 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 options, coupon system and all Affiliate Programs for your course are set at 50% commission.
There’s 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 actually have an audience yet, or If you don’t have experience in creating an online course. It has the basics of what you need and the marketplace is a fantastic starting point. It also helps that it’s pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy isn’t 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 suggest you go with Thinkific instead, if that is the case.
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 does not charge you a monthly fee if you combine. 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. Simplero Vs Thinkific
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, it is possible to see that Kajabi was made for men and women who want to sell and feature individual pieces of content, instead of 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 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 there are out there in the world. We are by no means saying one is better than the other in this respect, but rather saying that it actually depends upon your needs and what it is you want to sell and teach.
Do you only need to sell a course, or an entire expansive curriculum? 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 are able to offer 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 needs?
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 really attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that is another huge consideration.
As we’ve 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’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 really have an edge in terms of the marketing suite if offers — and we can’t stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how great a course is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to construct a course, which is exactly what we assumed you want, hence you exploring these choices, then Thinkific is the obvious option.
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 a few of the heavy hitters on the market, 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. Simplero Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.