When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and market 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’s 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 informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everybody has different needs, capabilities and expectations.
Thinkific VS Teachable Thinkific Vs Mighty Network
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 both 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 complicated, but we’ll try our best anyway.
Let’s start with who uses which platform! Though 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 assist those who really care about their pupils’ experience, their customers are more often that not entrepreneurs — usually masters of a specific craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — and businesses who wish to grow and develop their businesses through education for their chosen 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 some of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who want to start teaching online and earning through it.
So which are you? Who they cater 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 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 even an iOS app for your pupil, Thinkific can give you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create surveys and assignments in addition to a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is easier to use from them both, and actually has more to offer in regards to the sales and marketing features. Additionally, it helps that they have some pretty strong course reporting programs, 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 a bit 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.
It also wins out a little 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, concerning cost, 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.
When it comes to the paid portion though, Thinkific includes a more beginner-friendly rates, but it can actually end up getting more costly than Teachable, based on needs and add-on features which might not be available on certain plans. Teachable however provides everything right off the bat, depending upon 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 less expensive option between the two.
If we are gonna need to provide the crown to somebody, it would need 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 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 very different platforms with their own pros and cons. Thinkific Vs Mighty Network
With Thinkific, you can really design your site. Yeah, there are templates you can use, but if you choose so and are competent, it is possible to totally take control of your site’s design and customize a lot of it. With Udemy, you don’t really get that choice. You are limited in your choices 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 marketplace feature however, which can be really helpful. However, it’s a double edged sword. You own the program, 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 in regards to Affiliate programs, you decide how much the commission percentage is onThinkific. But with Udemy, you have 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, allowing 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 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 market is a wonderful starting point. Additionally, it helps that it is pretty inexpensive.
However, Udemy isn’t ideal if you want to grow beyond that. If you want to expand, to take control or to simply go bigger, it’s not the perfect platform for you.
We highly advise you to go with Thinkific instead, if that is true.
If you would like, 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 program including 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 see 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. Thinkific Vs Mighty Network
However, even here you can see what they focus on, and who they are for specifically. For one, from the way it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was made for men and women that want 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 particular topic.
Thinkific is for those who want to sell an entire 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 better than the other 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 only have to sell a course, or an entire expansive curriculum? It’s your decision, 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 can offer certifications, while with Kajabi, you can not. Kajabi is accompanied by 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 is another huge consideration.
As we’ve 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 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 course is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you need to build a program, which is what we assumed you want, hence you exploring these options, then Thinkific is your clear option.
Thinkific is, at its heart, the answer to everything 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, great 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. Thinkific Vs Mighty Network
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.