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Is Podia Better than Teachable?

You’ve heard of these two platforms in the world of online courses, but is Podia better than Teachable? Let’s find out.

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How are we judging them?

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    Can you build a real community? 

    The biggest roadblock you’ll face with communities platforms like Teachable is that they aren’t the best at building communities. Although online courses are great for both students and educators, this one-dimensional relationship with your members isn’t enough. To scale your business, you need to build a community of people who can actually interact with each other instead of merely consuming your content.

    Podia was initially launched without a community feature, but they eventually introduced it later on. The concept behind Podia is very similar to forums. Members are given a variety of topics, and they can create posts under each. They can also upload videos in each post. While Teachable is geared toward hosting online courses, Podia does a little bit of everything.

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    Is it worth the money? 

    At $29/month, Teachable’s basic plan is a little cheaper than Podia’s. However, Teachable has a transaction fee of 5%. This means once you start making sales, the cost of your plan is going to increase exponentially. If you want to include additional features, you’ll have to pay for its intermediate ($119/month) or professional plan ($299/month).

    To sign up on Podia, you don’t need to provide your credit card details. It comes with three different membership plans, including - 
    Mover ($39/month)
    Shaker ($89/month)
    Earthquaker ($199/month)

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    How’s the member experience? 

    With Podia, you can put barriers on your content and charge a fee to members if they want to access it. It also gives you the option to provide exclusive benefits – exclusive podcast episodes, e-books, free shipping of merch – to members with top tier access. 

    Conversely, Teachable is built solely for online courses. So it doesn’t offer in-depth community engagement features like tiered membership access.

Now, a detailed comparison

How does Scenes stack up against Podia & Teachable?

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Content
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Private spaces
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Rich posts
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Your own brand
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Content & resources
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Member directory
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Downloads
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Online courses
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Curriculum builder
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Quizzes Assessments
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Newsletters
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Engagement
Chat rooms
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Virtual Live Classes
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Events & Webinars
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1-1 messaging
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Discussions forums
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Email Notifications
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Push Notifications
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Zoom Integration
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Gamification
Community Coin System
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Coins for Actions
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Spend Coins
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Peer-to-Peer Transactions
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Leaderboards
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Status Badges
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Monetize
Paid memberships
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Recurring subscriptions
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Gate access
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Stripe Integration
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Customisation
Setup Difficulty
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Subcommunities
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Personalized Onboarding
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Whitelabeling
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Custom Domain
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Single sign-on (SSO)
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Advanced analytics
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Unlimited Admins
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Roles & Permissions
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Webhooks
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Whitelabeled Notifications
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Most importantly, Scenes solves these 3 problems

Finally, a platform to replace them all

If you think about teaching online as a serious business, you'll find yourself tying together multiple tools (alongside Teachable & Skilshare).

This is hassle-some, both for you as well as your students. With Scenes, do it all in one place.

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Stay inside your students pockets, wherever they go

Teachable & Podia are only accessible on web but your students want the flexibility of both mobile & web.

Scenes gives you your own branded mobile app that lets your students access every single feature as on Scenes web. Attend classes, join audio rooms, chat & do more.

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With Scenes, you get...

  • forums
    White labeled mobile & web app
  • calendar
    Schedule and host live classes
  • user profiles
    Split members into cohorts
  • anlaytics
    In-depth analytics
  • gamification
    Points system & rewards
  • chat and messaging
    Group Chat
  • chat
    Direct messaging
  • voice bubbles
    Audio chatrooms

The difference is in our DNA

We're content creators, teachers AND community builders.

And, we know how everything ties together to make a business.

We've been teaching online since 2018. We ran one of the world's largest educational communities from 2019-2021 and scaled to $500,000 revenue by selling cohort-based courses. We kept hopping from one software to another because the experience of actually using all available software is bad.

This led us to build Scenes - an all-in-one platform to run your courses, cohorts, webinars, events, voice chat rooms, etc. - on mobile & web (100% white-labeled).

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Your community on any device

Your own custom branded communities

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