Password security – we say it’s Pants to share!

Tuesday 20th May 2014   by Neil Dicken

With many of us using a computer, smart phone or tablet in our day-to-day lives, password security is increasingly important. We need to keep our online accounts secure to prevent cyber crime. And that means having a secure password.

It takes only 10 minutes to crack a lower case password that is 6 characters long. Add two extra letters and a few upper case letters and that number jumps to 3 years. Add just one more character and some numbers and symbols and it will take 44,530 years to crack, says

So we thought we’d make it clear that it’s ‘Pants’ to ignore cyber security. If you want to pring our A4 Pants poster for your workplace, to remind yourself and colleagues, click on the image below. Let’s say knickers to cyber crime!


Loving that! BNI Landlord Success Seminar

Wednesday 8th May 2013   by Andy Comber

Matm is a member of Severn Enterprise BNI – which meets for breakfast every Friday at the Holiday Inn, Telford. The group is hosting a Landlord Success seminar on Wednesday May 22 2013.

It’s a must-attend event for private residential landlords and property owners who are thinking of becoming landlords.

Fellow BNI members Faye Craggs, a property law expert with Darwin Matthews Solicitors, Ellie Garbett, owner of Habitat Lettings, and Mike Palfrey, MD of maintenance company Salop Property Services are among the expert speakers.

The Landlord Success seminar takes place at the Wroxeter Hotel, Wroxeter, Shropshire, SY5 6PH, 6.30pm to 9pm. If you want to attend , contact Faye: or 01743 272931.

Loving that! Creative snow designers in Shropshire

Wednesday 23rd January 2013   by Stuart Bickerton

Here at matm we like creativity in all its forms – and the wintery weather has revealed a snow sculpture in Shifnal, Shropshire, who knows how to do more than stick a carrot in the right place. Our Lindsay Hill spotted these icy masterpieces on her way to work.

Snow dinosaur designers in Shropshire

Would't want to meet this snow dinosaur on a dark night!

Storm trooper snow designers in Shropshire

That's cool - Star Wars comes to Shifnal with this Star Trooper

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from matm

Thursday 22nd December 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

Just a quick note from team matm – Stuart, Lindsay H, Jamie, Andy, Tom, Jem, Rich, Lindsay C and Neil – to wish each and every one of you a merry christmas and a happy New Year!

We have had a busy and enjoyable 2011 serving the Shropshire and Midland business communities with PR, marketing, graphic design and web design services.

As well as local clients, we have also been looking after national clients in a number of areas, ranging from construction to bath manufacturing, charities to computer technology and engineering to councils.

We are all looking forward to a great start to 2012 and wish you the same. In the mean time, we will leave you with a limerick from the New York Times, December 29 1910 – one to bring out if you have a particularly ‘festive’ break…!

Good new year resolves are in style

The bulk of them force us to smile

Were I making one now

I would certainly vow

I’ll only drink once in a while!

Creating windows into Shropshire’s history

Wednesday 21st September 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

We created these unusual images in August and September 2011 by carefully selecting photographs taken many years ago in the Ironbridge Gorge, then holding them up at the same location and taking a fresh picture.

By carefully matching the old with the new – the new photograph has the unnerving effect of inserting historical scenes directly into modern life. The ‘windows into history’ project is being displayed during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge Gorge becoming a World Heritage Site.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was so impressed with the 16 photographs taken by matm’s creative team, Neil Dicken and Jamie Doran, that it asked to use them to help in their anniversary celebrations.

Neil said: “The images create a real visual and mental double-take. The beauty of the approach is its simplicity, though the trick is to select the historical photograph that creates the most vivid match in the modern scene. “The photographs are up to 150 years old, so allow the viewer to visualise what some of the Ironbridge Gorge looked like – hopefully they have provided a glimpse into the past.”

Jamie said: “We took both internal and external images of buildings. It is fascinating to see just how much some buildings have changed and in other cases, just how little they have changed. I particularly like the images with people in them, especially where you can see people walking from the present day, seemingly into the past.

“We were inspired by a project called ‘Looking into the Past’ by American photographer Jason E Powell When we saw his images we realised straight away that the heritage of the Ironbridge Gorge here in Shropshire lends itself perfectly to a similar project.”

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust lent photographs from its collection for the project. The images can be viewed in the Iron Bridge Tollhouse at the World Heritage Festival in Ironbridge which takes place on Saturday 24th September.

Paul Gossage Director of Marketing & PR said: “I was thrilled to see matm using our historic collection of images in such an innovative way. Publishing the images is a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Heritage Site. I am sure they will be much enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

Details of the Festival are available at


Thanks also for the help of MarionBlockley Heritage Management

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Fan boxes, fbml and branded landing pages, 5 ways to promote yourself on facebook

Wednesday 16th February 2011   by Neil Dicken

You have just created your facebook page, but what is the best way to promote it? Here are five great ways to attract followers.

1. Use FBML
FBML is Facebook Mark-up Language. It is web coding that allows you to customise your facebook page. Adding a basic static page that incorporates your company style can greatly increase the impact and attractiveness of your page. You can use regular SEO techniques here too.

2. Put a Facebook Fan Box on your blog
Initally this can be daunting when you have only a few fans, but once you have your first few, why shouldn’t you show how popular you are? By the way, would you like to become an matm fan?

matm facebook page

3. Post a tweet or two
With Twitter a major influence within social media, you will be suprised at how many new fans you will get.

4. Add a link to your email signature
A straightforward addition, but very often overlooked.

5. Submit your facebook page to bookmarking sites

With pages like Delicious, becoming increasingly popular, you may attract followers who might otherwise miss you the chance to see what you have to offer.

Once you have 25 or more Facebook Fans, you can give your facebook page its own unique url. For example:

Doing these five things will be a good start to promoting yourself on facebook. And there’re a lot more things you can do. If you want to know more, get in touch with Neil Dicken, here at matm.

Happy New Year to all

Friday 31st December 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

As 2010 draws to a close we’d just like to take the opportunity to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2011

We’re sure it’s going to be an exciting one – we hope it is for you too

From all at team matm

matm takes a break from marketing to make a splash

Thursday 23rd September 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

After the blood, sweat and tears of pre race practice runs – about 95 minutes of practice to be precise – the team matm rowing boat set off in blades of glory to romp home victorious in our first race against Ramsbury Flyers.

Team matm – monikered as Angry White Pyjamas to reflect their martial arts attire – was slightly less successful against two other teams, including the eventual winners Mostyn’s Maniacs, but a great time was had by all.

So it’s back to the day job of providing great marketing, design, web and public relations support for our clients in Shropshire and beyond for us – now the blisters on our hands have healed.

Thanks go to our designer, Tom Blockley (who also made the hats in the early hours of the morning before), web developer Rich Howells and Mandy Sznober (Rich’s better half) for pulling enthusiastically in the same direction (mostly) and to the good people of Bridgnorth Rowing Club for their help and patience.

Team matm looks surprisingly in sync!

Team matm takes on the opposition - marketing is much easier!

Team matm lays down the power - and catches a crab

In Support of Severn Hospice

Friday 3rd September 2010   by Stuart Bickerton
matm in Support of Severn Hospice

matm in support of Severn Hospice

Matm‘s Rich Howells, Web Designer, and Tom Blockley, Senior Graphic Designer, will be donning the lycra this weekend in support of Severn Hospice for the yearly 50k bike ride in and around Telford/ Bridgnorth.

Tom has openly admitted to being “very afraid” at the prospect of seeing Rich in cycle shorts, however he feels this will be something he is willing to endure for the ‘greater good’.

We’re proud to support the work of Severn Hospice. If you’d like to join us in supporting this excellent cause please visit their website: Severn Hospice