Thinkific vs Teachable:
A Detailed Comparison
(Updated September 2017)
Thinkific is sometimes compared to the Teachable platform. Both platforms allow you to create, market, and sell courses online, but with a number of key differences. Many former Teachable customers have moved their courses to Thinkific, and we’ve put together a detailed comparison guide to better highlight the differences between the two platforms.
Who uses Thinkific?
For entrepreneurs, speakers, authors, trainers, and companies that are serious about starting a successful course-creation business with a great student experience, Thinkific makes it simple to create, market, and sell your own online courses.
Thinkific is a great choice for individual experts and entrepreneurs right up to large companies – our platform is trusted by thousands of course creators and various multinational corporations like Hootsuite. We support growing businesses with the industries’ best customer support, various integrations and customization options, and advanced functionality for managing a large student enrollment base.
On Thinkific’s homepage you’ll see this messaging: Easily create, market and sell your online course. You get complete control and great support.
Who uses Teachable?
Teachable is a newer entrant to the online course platform market than Thinkific and is geared towards digital marketers. Teachable is a good option for beginners who want to try to make money online with a basic course offering, and aren’t as concerned about longer term success or scalability.
On Teachable’s homepage you’ll see this messaging: Easily build a beautiful course website, share your knowledge, and be rewarded for it.
Why Choose Thinkific over Teachable?
For someone new to online course creation it can be tough to tell which platform is for you. We’ll be honest – Teachable is a good online course platform. In a fast-growing industry, you would be wise to properly compare and contrast the two obvious industry leaders.
Both platforms allow you to either create an entirely new course and website, or to create a new course and sell it from your existing website. The pricing is similar. Getting your first course launched and enrolling the first few paying customers is a major hurdle that many people never get past. Both Thinkific and Teachable try hard to make it as easy as possible to get you over that hurdle.
But where Thinkific shines in contrast to Teachable is in supporting the business that’s seeing successful growth. Once you’re generating revenues and adding students you’ll see all sorts of new opportunities to grow your business. You will need to be on a platform that is flexible and customizable to take advantage of these opportunities. You will have difficult questions for customer support about how to use features with deeper functionality. You will want instant access to your funds so you can reinvest them into scaling your business. You will want the ability to integrate with industry leading marketing and examination software to scale your business and improve the student experience. You will want direct API access so you can do more custom things with student enrollments, selling courses, and handling financial data.
These are the things Thinkific can provide that Teachable cannot, and the evidence is in the testimonials from the multitude of customers that have made the switch to Thinkific in the past year. Thinkific excels at serving these customer needs because we have committed our entire company to doing so. Two of our core brand promises are we offer the best support and we give our customers complete control. These promises to customers are posted all over our office ensuring that each employee lives them every day. Former Teachable customers regularly inform us of their frustration around broken API’s, technical malfunctions, and inadequate customer support. While Teachable has taken on significant venture capital funding to finance rapid customer acquisition, Thinkific has focused on a sustainable growth trajectory that allows us to properly serve our customers as they prosper.
Thinkific is the best platform for supporting the creation and subsequent growth of a business focused on online teaching.
Thinkific vs. Teachable: Detailed Comparison
Sales & Marketing
Free, Paid, Subscription
Site Wide Coupons & Promotions
Upsells & Bundles
Advanced Marketing Integrations (ie: Mixpanel, Zapier, Segment.io etc.)
Sales Widget (sell off-platform)
Create courses with multiple content types
Bulk import course content
Easily add externally hosted content & apps
Full hosting of video & other files
Course attachments & downloads
Teaching & Student Experience
Built in student discussions
Automated welcome & completion emails
Student progress reporting
Design & Customization
Setup hidden & private courses
Custom branding (colors, logo & site images)
Drag and drop visual editor
Full access to HTML/CSS with export/import capabilities
Fully managed customer signup / purchase / enrollment process
Order tracking, conversion, and retargeting pixel support
Enterprise tier features (SSO, White Label, Account Manager, Content Creation Services, etc.)
Unlimited Courses, students & bandwidth
Enterprise plans & professional services available
Instant access to your funds
0% Transaction Fee Option
0% fees at $99/mo
$0 - 279/mo
0% fees at $99/mo
$0 - 299/mo
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Thinkific vs Teachable // Compare Thinkific to Teachable // Features Comparison
Features and support are constantly changing! This analysis was accurate to the best of our knowledge as of September, 2017.