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

Examples of telemarketing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By targeting the source of abusive robocalls, service providers can block or shut down these operations and protect their subscribers from scams and unlawful telemarketing. Bradley Reaves, The Conversation, "Does ignoring robocalls make them stop? Here’s what we learned from getting 1.5 million calls on 66,000 phone lines," 10 Sep. 2020 Calling customers to suggest products, for example, comes dangerously close to telemarketing. Drew Hutchinson,, "Gucci, Jimmy Choo Do Luxury Version of Walmart Curbside Pickup," 3 Aug. 2020 That's how many calls a health insurance telemarketing group called Rising Eagle allegedly made in the first half of 2019, in violation of Federal Communications Commission rules. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 10: Police reform, Trump, election, coronavirus, Nigeria," 10 June 2020 Rising Eagle's largest client, Health Advisors of America, was sued by the Missouri Attorney General for telemarketing violations in February 2019. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "1 billion robocalls net $225M FCC fine that will likely never be collected," 9 June 2020 The two entities signed a four-year contract in 2019 that gives the company the right to use the city utility’s name and logo on all marketing, including direct mail, email and telemarketing. Kathleen Pender,, "San Francisco deal offers water and sewer insurance: What homeowners need to know," 25 Jan. 2020 Hubbard went back to school and eventually graduated from Campbell County High School in 2009, working three or four nights a week at a telemarketing company and Burger King. Keith Bierygolick,, "A 'mama bear' worries about her autistic son: Mothering during the coronavirus pandemic," 7 May 2020 The second case heard Wednesday involved a 1991 law aimed at protecting consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls. Jessica Gresko, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court justices wary of Trump administration limits on Obamacare birth control coverage changes," 6 May 2020 Julie had been working as a telephone magazine salesperson at a telemarketing company. NBC News, "Woman pleads for answers in Christmas 1988 disappearance of sister-in-law Julie Braswell Seay," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Telemarketing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of telemarketing

: the act of selling goods or services by telephone

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