As mentioned at the start of this review, there are lots of companies in this space. You might have decided that Thinkific is the right fit for you already. However, just in case you need more information, let's compare Thinkific with a couple of it’s top competitors.
Thinkific vs Kajabi
Kajabi positions itself as a one-stop-shop for the online course creator. They state ‘Kajabi is an all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, and design the perfect website’.
When comparing Kajabi to Thinkific, we must remember that Kajabi includes many services people are probably paying separate companies for, in addition to their course platform. Kajabi’s pricing starts at $149 a month (for 3 products), but it does include landing pages, membership site, course site, email marketing etc.
Thinkific and Kajabi both integrate with PayPal and Stripe.
Kajabi includes a small marketplace, allows you to offer a free trial of your course, and has 24/7 Live Chat support. Their Pro plan offers 100 products and this is $399 a month. Again you can save if you pay annually.
Thinkific has the always-free starter plan. Kajabi offers a 14-day free trial.
Kajabi is a great option if your business is further along and you have the funds to invest in this all-in-one platform. However, if you're at an earlier stage in your business, it might be a better solution to have separate tools and keep the costs down.
Thinkific vs Teachable
These two are quite similar. They both offer landing pages, shopping cart, email marketing, payment gateways, etc. And they both have great customer support.
You can also start with a free plan on both. Thinkific’s plans (including the free one) don’t charge any transaction fees, while Teachable’s free plan takes 10% plus $1 of each course sale.
When you make a sale you will get the funds immediately with Thinkific, but you’ll have to wait for the once per month payout with Teachable.
Teachable focuses more on course marketing tools. Thinkific is more focused on the student and teacher experience.
Thinkific triumphs over Teachable in usability and design aspects.
Teachable triumphs over Thinkific in marketing capabilities and simplifying some technical aspects (such as affiliates and taxes).