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 among the best ones out there.
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 Thinkific and Vat
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 that it makes choosing between the two of them a little bit more difficult, but we will try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Although they both have a wide appeal that may cater to single individuals or businesses and groups, there are preferences.
Because Thinkific’s most important objective is to empower teachers more, to assist those who really care about their students’ experience, their customers are more often that not entrepreneurs — typically masters of a particular craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — and businesses who want to grow and build 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 a few of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who wish 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 pupil 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 even an iOS app for your pupil, Thinkific can provide you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create assignments and surveys in addition to 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 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 educational side a bit 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.
It also 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, concerning price, 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 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 may 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 additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable choice between the two.
If we’re gonna have to provide the crown to someone, it would need to be Thinkific, with it barely beating out Teachable. It is so close that, at the end of the day, it’s really more of a personal taste 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, because of the fact that they’re two very different platforms with their own pros and cons. Thinkific and Vat
With Thinkific, you can really design your site. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose 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 option. You are limited in your options for design. You can choose your course graphic, but otherwise things like course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a market feature however, which can be really useful. 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 courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, offer any kind of discounts and when it comes to Affiliate programs, you decide how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. But with Udemy, you need to follow their pricing , 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’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 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 want to expand, to take control or to simply go larger, it’s not the perfect platform for you.
We highly suggest you go with Thinkific instead, if that’s the case.
If you want, you don’t even need to take our word for it. One good thing you can do is try it out yourself actually. Thinkific has their free plan with all the basics, while Udemy does not charge you a monthly fee if you combine. First Hand experience is always one of 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 just a bit. Thinkific and Vat
However, even here you can see what they concentrate on, and who they’re for specifically. For one, from the way it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was made for men and women who wish to sell and feature 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 particular topic.
Thinkific is for people 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 regard, but instead saying that it actually 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 grand program? It’s up to you, 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 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 needs?
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’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 suits your needs. Kajabi has a 14 day trial and that is it. If you wish to give both a spin to see 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 in terms of the marketing suite if offers — and we can’t stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how good a course is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to build a program, which is what we assumed you need, hence you researching 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 class builder, great plan options that even 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. Thinkific and Vat
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.