When it comes to platforms that allow you to develop and market 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 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 you can make an informed decision on which platform works best for you.
Everyone has different needs, expectations and capabilities.
Thinkific VS Teachable Thinkific Vs Worldclass
First thing’s first, let us get one of the bigger, and more difficult, comparisons out of the way. Thinkific and Teachable are both 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 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! Though they both have a broad appeal that may 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 — typically masters of a particular craft such as writing, or speakers and coaches — 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 even crossing over to some of those that Thinkific targets, but they also cover people who want 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 pupil engagement, both Teachable and Thinkific are really good 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 offers you more flexibility with its course builder, extensive course reporting tools and an iOS app for your student, Thinkific can provide you advanced quizzing features, the ability to create surveys and assignments as well as a”communities” and”Groups” features.
Teachable is much 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 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 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 assignments. Create communities and manage your students.
Additionally, it 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 offers 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 could actually end up becoming 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 somewhat sneaky that way. But otherwise, if you do not need those additional bells and whistles, Thinkific is the more affordable option between the two.
If we are gonna need to provide the crown to someone, 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 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 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 Worldclass
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 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 like course layout and style can not really be touched.
Udem does have a marketplace feature however, which can be quite useful. 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 whatever you want with your own courses.
You can price your course however way you see fit, provide any type of discounts and when it comes to Affiliate programs, you decide 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 class are set at 50% commission.
There is 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 really have an audience yet, or in case you don’t have experience in creating an online course. It has 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 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 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 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 just a bit. Thinkific Vs Worldclass
However, even here you can see what they focus on, and who they’re for specifically. For one, from how it was structured and rolled out, you can see that Kajabi was created 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 want to teach someone let us say how to do Shakespeare really well. A masterclass in that specific topic.
Thinkific is for people who wish to sell an entire 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 better than the other in this respect, but instead saying that it actually depends on your needs and exactly 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 can provide certifications, while with Kajabi, you can’t. 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 needs?
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 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 satisfies 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 really have an edge concerning the marketing suite if offers — and we can’t stress enough how important marketing is! Doesn’t matter how great a class is if your”classroom” is empty. However, if you will need to construct a program, which is what we assumed you need, hence you researching all these choices, 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 some of the heavy hitters out there, 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 make a strong online educational platform, clearly wins. Thinkific Vs Worldclass
Give it a think and you’ll see what we mean.