tele·​mar·​ket·​ing | \ ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ \

Definition of telemarketing

: the marketing of goods or services by telephone

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telemarketer \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈmär-​kə-​tər \ noun

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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 Google has said that the technology won’t be used for telemarketing. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin’s Week in Tech: Are Google’s A.I.-Powered Phone Calls Cool, Creepy, or Both?," 11 May 2018 And even before that, telesales, telemarketing, customer reps, the jobs currently outsourced to India, and the current manufacturing jobs are outsourced to China. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 The lower left corner, those are more the inspection, assembly line, telemarketing and customer service. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Stanfield plays Cassius Green, who, as the movie opens, is trying to lie his way into a not-particularly desirable telemarketing job. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Sorry to Bother You May Be the Most Culturally Relevant Movie of the Year," 5 July 2018 Download an app Because cell phones are the latest target of telemarketing, developers have been hard at work creating a suite of tools to deflect and block robocalls. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "4 ways to stop robocalls as spammers target cell phones," 5 July 2018 That's one of the reasons why this film about a man who adopts a white voice to find success at his telemarketing job reminds us of the 1999 eccentric classic. Carol Motsinger,, "Tired of endless sequels? Don't miss these original films this summer," 15 June 2018 Which is more valuable, spending our days making telemarketing calls or joining a World of Warcraft guild? Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of telemarketing

1963, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of telemarketing

: the act of selling goods or services by telephone

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