Stronger Voices: Message testing on a budget

07 Feb

Wednesday 7 February 2024 14:00 - 15:30

Join us to learn how to develop your charities’ messaging, and connect with your audience.

Stronger Voices is a Media Trust programme designed to strengthen the voices of equality organisations across the capital. Supporting equalities organisations to strengthen their strategic communications is critical to improving representation of marginalised communities facing inequality. Stronger Voices is funded by City Bridge Trust.

The masterclass

Every piece of communication your charity shares counts. Every email has the power to raise much needed funds. Every social post has the potential to recruit a new volunteer. But how can we make sure our words are as powerful as they can be?

This is where message testing comes in. Message testing allows you to see which framing connects best with your audience. If you want your words to have a positive impact, it’s so valuable to conduct message tests to ensure that when your words reach your audience, they are as impactful as possible. This means your audience will be more likely to understand your message, care about your message, and take action based on your message.

Come along to this session to learn how to get started with message testing, even when you’re low on budget and time.

Together, we’ll work through three examples of different levels of message testing:

  • No budget: Building a message testing culture in your team. Make small, free and quick actions part of your routine.
  • A tiny budget project for a time-limited period: Even with under £100 to spend, you can feel more confident about digital and focus group testing.
  • A big budget project: even if you will not run one yourself, understanding the advanced methods involved in these projects will help you assess and apply the messaging recommendations that come out of them.

Attendance Eligibility

This session is aimed at charity professionals in the equalities sector who work in a communications, media, social media, campaigning or a strategy role.


This session is aimed at people who have some awareness of the importance of messaging and framing, but not necessarily experienced in running message testing themselves.

About your expert trainer

Sho Walker-Konno is a communications coach for activists, currently supporting under-fire activists around the world: from abortion to trans rights to climate justice and migration.

Please note that places will be served on a first come first served basis.

Zoom details will be sent via an email ahead of the masterclass.

Book your place

To secure your place on this course, register today via our Eventbrite page.