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.