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Canberra Centre expansion opens; RA not attending

By Kerces - 1 November 2006 24

I hear the Section 84 expansion of the Canberra Centre, or at least parts of it, are due to open tomorrow.

In the interests of keeping you all informed, I contacted the nice marketing girl who gave me coffee vouchers when I photographed their fashion parade to see if I could get press access of the opening or a preview for RiotACT. This was on October 21.

Last Sunday, having neither heard anything back nor had the email bounce, I decided to try again, this time to the general marketing and centre management email addresses listed on their webstite. Still no response.

On Monday I rang the Canberra Centre and, having explained what I wanted, left my name and number to be passed on to the marketing people. No response.

Yesterday I again rang the shopping centre and this time asked to be put through to the marketing department. Finally having gotten someone on the phone, who turned out to be that nice marketing girl I’d initially emailed, I was told that yes they’d got my emails but I needed to get in touch with the PR firm they’d engaged to deal with media and no, they didn’t have a contact number for them but this was their name. A short google later I rang the PR company and my name and number was taken. Later that afternoon I received a call back from the person looking after the Canberra Centre account who again checked what it was I wanted and said she’d have to get in touch with the Canberra Centre (I did tell her they’d pointed me at her firm) and would get back to me. I haven’t heard anything back from either her or the Canberra Centre.

A flat out refusal of access would be fine, but what really gets me about all this is the waste of my time chasing people. What I’m offering them amounts to free publicity; I don’t mind if it doesn’t happen.

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24 Responses to
Canberra Centre expansion opens; RA not attending
Heavs 8:53 am 02 Nov 06

Just on the D list celebrity wagon someone mentioned earlier … Will Hayley Jensen get to cut the ribbon? Or maybe one of the Capitals. Or the Belconnen Blue Devils soccer players. Or even Hotdogs – he’s based in Canberra now. I’ll have to get my ass down there quickstix

Absent Diane 8:43 am 02 Nov 06

understand how you feel kerces. it seems people in the marketing and entertainment industry are all like that. it makes me want to headbutt things.

Swaggie 8:36 am 02 Nov 06

Just go anyway Kerces as a member of the public. Don’t let then sway your unbiased opinions with coffee vouchers and freebies!

Thumper 8:18 am 02 Nov 06

Not ‘me’ the buyer.

I’m never going to go there.

Pandy 8:03 am 02 Nov 06

Their management practice is to gouge you the buyer. Simple really.

Thumper 7:51 am 02 Nov 06

Just plain rude and inconsiderate.

If they can’t be bothered giving a straight answer, or any answer for that matter, then I think you’ll get an idea about their management practices.

kaydo 11:41 pm 01 Nov 06

On a separate note, it seems sgs has abandoned his plans for coverage

kaydo 11:39 pm 01 Nov 06

I don’t want to say they like me better, but I wrote to the canberra center marketing folk about jack-o-lanterns for halloween and they sent me a friendly reply the next day. Guess they want to limit the numbers of visitors and visibility in case the concrete doesn’t set in time. They’ve been putting in some crazy hours.

ant 10:28 pm 01 Nov 06

A grand opening for a bunch of SHOPS! That aren’t even new shops? What is the world coming to. Someone should go and throw eggs, which would be the appropriate response.

smith 10:20 pm 01 Nov 06

p.s. its a real pity that the Riot Act members supported their fashion parade by posting more than enough images on Riot Act and for thanks you get snubbed. Do us all a favour and remove them as they are not worthy of a posting on any blog. What do you see? Nothing special.

smith 10:03 pm 01 Nov 06

I wouldnt worry about it johnboy it amounts to pure unprofessionalism from marketing at the canberra centre, again. I wonder what D list ‘celebrities’ will be invited.. the usual hangers on and ‘would be if they could be but never were’. Reminds me of those kids at school who wern’t too bright and used to get off on not inviting you to their pool party lol. Someone needs to tell Canberra Centre marketing department that it aint New York fashion week its the opening of a shopping centre extention lol

johnboy 9:36 pm 01 Nov 06

it amazes me they lack the common courtesy to even reply to an email and just say no.

bonfire 8:59 pm 01 Nov 06

no they didnt have a contact number for their PR firm


control freaks – maybe they dont think blogreaders are in their target demographic.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:10 pm 01 Nov 06

Already happened. Now they look like proper tools.

barking toad 7:01 pm 01 Nov 06

You’ve tipped ya hand Kerces

They’re worried that the RA mob will give them a caning

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