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 think, is among the best ones on the market.
However, that’s not to say the 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 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 Teachery 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 are quite similar so it makes choosing between the two of them a little bit more complicated, but we will 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 goal is to empower educators more, to assist 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 speakers and coaches — and companies who want to grow and build their businesses through education for their chosen audience.
Teachable on the other hand honestly 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 people who wish to begin teaching 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 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 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 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 pretty powerful 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 side somewhat more, with a greater focus on students. You can see that in its stronger quizzing capability, the way its built to support missions. 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 site already as it is.
Finally, concerning price, Thinkific kind of wins because they have a plan that’s absolutely free. Sure it provides just the basics, but it’s free. And that’s a big thing.
When it comes to the paid portion though, Thinkific includes a more beginner-friendly prices, but it can actually end up becoming more expensive than Teachable, based on needs and add-on features which may not be available on certain plans. Teachable however offers everything right off the bat, based upon your plan.
Thinkific can be a bit sneaky that way. But if you don’t need those extra bells and whistles, Thinkific is the less expensive choice 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 taste 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 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. Teachery Vs Thinkific
With Thinkific, you really can design your website. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you decide so and are capable, it is possible to 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 choose your course graphic, but otherwise things such as course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a market feature however, 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 to 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 really 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 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 ideal platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that’s true.
If you would like, you don’t 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 combine. First Hand experience is always one of the best ways to see 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. Teachery Vs Thinkific
However, even here you can see what they concentrate on, and who they are 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 wish to feature and sell 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 do Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that specific topic.
Thinkific is for those who wish to sell an entire 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 far better than another in this regard, but instead saying that it actually depends upon your needs and exactly 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 are able to 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 requirements?
Kajabi s a fantastic all-in-one marketing solution, however it has a propensity to overextend its offerings, attempting to do too much and not actually attaining it. And it does that while being more expensive that Thinkific, so that is another huge consideration.
As we have mentioned before, Thinkific includes 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 is it. If you wish to give both a spin to find out 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 in terms of the promotion 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 need to build a course, which is what we assumed you need, hence you researching all these options, then Thinkific is the obvious option.
Thinkific is, at its core, 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 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 powerful online educational platform, clearly wins. Teachery Vs Thinkific
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.