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Telemarketing (sometimes known as inside sales,[1] or telesales in the UK and Ireland) is a method of direct marketing in which a salesperson solicits prospective customers to buy products or services, either over the phone or through a subsequent face to face or web conferencing appointment scheduled during the call. Telemarketing can also include recorded sales pitches programmed to be played over the phone via automatic dialing. Telemarketing is defined as contacting, qualifying, and canvassing prospective customers using telecommunications devices such as telephone, fax, and internet. It does not include direct mail marketing.[2] Contents 1 History 1.1 Telephonists 1.2 Women in telemarketing 2 Categories 2.1 Subcategories 2.2 Service Styles 3 Procedure 4 Negative perceptions and criticism 4.1 Robotic telemarketing and ringless voicemail 5 Regulations 5.1 United States 5.2 Canada 5.3 Australia 5.4 England/UK 5.5 Finland 5.6 France 6 Technology 7 See also 8 References 9 External links History The term telemarketing was first used extensively in the late 1970s to describe Bell System communications which related to new uses for the outbound WATS and inbound Toll-free services.[3] Telephonists The rise of telemarketing can be traced back to the 19th century telephonists, or switchboard operators. Trans-cultural hiring of switchboard operators (mostly women) became especially popular in North America throughout the 20th century, partially due to popularity gained through advertising.[4]: 183–184  After the shift from public switched telephone network to computer-based electronic switching system, the job of switchboard operators gradually diminished. However, with the rise of advertising and with the popularity of the telephone use, new jobs, including telemarketing jobs, were created. Women in telemarketing Telemarketing, as was the case with telephone operators, is one of the fields known to be occupied mostly by women.[5] The central reason for hiring women operators lay in the fact that women’s work was c


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