cold call


Definition of cold call

: a telephone call soliciting business made directly to a potential customer without prior contact or without a lead

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Examples of cold call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luhrmann soon received a cold call from none other than Denzel Washington, who starred opposite Butler on Broadway. Jessica Wang,, 15 May 2022 Gone are the days of the effectiveness of the cold call. Tony Pec, Forbes, 13 May 2022 And sometimes just getting that first cold email, the first cold call, to land — because that’s the one that can start the momentum. Brendan O'meara, Longreads, 10 May 2022 That cold call wasn’t a slam dunk for Sonder House at first. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2022 But a cold call from one of the Beatles was a little more unusual. Jordan Runtagh,, 15 Nov. 2021 However, a blog entry posted on the association’s website discussing how agents can use text messaging to communicate with clients does not mention using texts to cold call prospective buyers or sellers. Ron Hurtibise,, 10 Oct. 2021 Chef Alvaro Padilla, second-generation co-owner of El Nacimiento in southwest Detroit, didn't hesitate to say yes to a cold call from local publicist David Rudolph, the organizer of Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen for Good. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2021 Learning how to cold email, cold call, building relationships with car dealerships and all that kind of stuff with the reps. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cold call

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold call was in 1966

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19 May 2022

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“Cold call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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