tele·​mar·​ket·​ing | \ ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ How to pronounce telemarketing (audio) \

Definition of telemarketing

: the marketing of goods or services by telephone

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telemarketer \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈmär-​kə-​tər How to pronounce telemarketer (audio) \ noun

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Scams were the most common or 43.1 percent, followed by alerts/reminders with about 34 percent, payment reminders at more than 19 percent and telemarketing with 13 percent. Johnny Diaz,, "Blood pressure alert: Florida second in the country for robocall complaints," 13 Aug. 2019 Patrick worked as a painters’ helper and in telemarketing and then someone suggested he do something to give back. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Cardboard signs tell the stories of people who needed help and got it," 28 June 2019 The con artists use door-to-door visits, telemarketing calls, Facebook ads, Craigslist and some even set up booths at public events to push supposedly free DNA testing kits. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Door-to-door thieves are using DNA tests to scam you," 15 Aug. 2019 The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to authorize phone carriers to automatically recognize and block robocalls, a move that could spare Americans from billions of unwanted telemarketing and scam calls each year. Caroline Engelmeyer,, "FCC gives telephone companies more authority to block robocalls," 6 June 2019 The three also agreed to cease selling debt relief, credit repair and financial products and services, as well as telemarketing. Ron Hurtibise,, "PNC Bank aided $85 million fraud scheme, suit says," 6 June 2019 Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has ordered violators of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law governing telemarketing and robodialing, to pay $208.4 million. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The FCC Has Fined Robocallers $208 Million. It’s Collected $6,790.," 28 Mar. 2019 This catapults him up the ladder of telemarketing success, to the upper echelon of telemarketers, who sell weapons of mass destruction and slave labor via cold calling. Jonah Weiner, New York Times, "How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood," 22 May 2018 The predictable result is that robocalls and telemarketing calls have exploded during the shutdown, and there’s no one really trying to stop them. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There's Nothing Stopping Robocalls During the Government Shutdown," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of telemarketing

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telemarketing was in 1963

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English Language Learners Definition of telemarketing

chiefly US : the activity or job of selling goods or services by calling people on the telephone


tele·​mar·​ket·​ing | \ ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ How to pronounce telemarketing (audio) \

Kids Definition of telemarketing

: the act of selling goods or services by telephone

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