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Training software is the greatest and the trendiest way possible to train your staff, customers, and business partners right now. They don’t just make training programs cost and time-effective but also provide you with various tools to make your course more engaging and interactive enough to help with knowledge retention. Most of the training software or learning management systems (LMS) also provide tools to track the learners’ progress and certify training completion. 

However, the most important factor that decides the success of the training programs carried out on the LMSs is the compatibility of the LMS to your business’s training goals. Thus, it becomes very important to carefully skim through the potential LMSs, compare them, and then choose the most ideal one for your business. 

But now, the biggest question that arises is how do you compare the LMSs the right way? From first-time buyers to the ones that want to replace their LMS with a new one, the question remains the same. Thus, here we will discuss the right way to compare the LMSs with a real-world example of, Thinkific Vs Kajabi

The initial process of comparing two LMSs ideally starts with planning and listing out the goals and objectives that your business wants to achieve through training as you will be choosing an LMS that has all the features that you might need to fulfill those goals. And then starts the actual comparison based on the most important elements that we are going to discuss below! 

Comparing Use Case 

To compare LMS systems, you must first define your specific LMS use case. Licensing an LMS with extra features is unnecessary if your organization’s needs are simply just onboarding, compliance, or attendance tracking. It might also be too difficult to comprehend and hence more expensive than a basic platform. If you require an LMS for sales training, employee soft skill training, or process training, a platform with robust analytics and reporting tools, or one that can host webinars and online courses, is a better choice. Selecting an LMS with solid mobile-responsive technology that works flawlessly on numerous platforms is critical for sales training.

Thinkfic and Kajabi both provide tools for documentation, live online training, and even video conferencing, that can assist you with the basic as well as the advanced necessities. 

Comparing Features 

Now, as you have already outlined what you need, you can compare the LMS features according to those outlines. Understand what features work for your use case and what do not rather make your course counter-productive. Features that are irrelevant to your niche don’t do any good and thus LMSs with such features should not be considered as they make the system complex and complex systems become confusing for the admins and waste time and resources. 

Thinkfic and Kajabi have different features even though they are pretty close to each other when it comes to the purpose of use. Analyzing all the features that these two systems have, it is clear that Thinkfic may have an upper hand when it comes to features that help you in good quality material creation and course designing whereas, Kajabi has more features for compliance management making it good for businesses that have to prioritize their compliance training. 

Comparing Pricing

Now, this is one very important aspect of comparing two LMSs; their pricing methods. Pricing methods for different LMSs include free trials, free, freemiums, and subscriptions, etc. It is important to understand what is required for your business and decide a budget according to it. 

For example, Thinkfic provides free trials, free versions, subscriptions, and freemiums whereas Kajabi only provides free trials and paid subscriptions. The best explanation for the difference between these two pricing models is that Thinkfic is a software as a service where you need to have a user account that has to be online. Kajabi on the other hand is a cloud-based LMS that can be purchased. 

Conclusion: 

Buying a new LMS or replacing your existing one with a new LMS can seem like a humongous task at first but breaking down the process into some systematic steps and knowing on what grounds you should be comparing the LMSs can make the process easier and can empower you to invest your money at the right place.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.