Tagged With telemarketing

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So this is the statistical proof that telemarketing companies should give up now: two-thirds of Australian households with a landline are on the Do Not Call Register, and the numbers continue to rise. According to the Australian Communications and Marketing Authority (ACMA), almost nine million numbers are now listed on the register, with one million of those signing up within the last 12 months.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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If you're embarking on a start-up that sells products or services to consumers, an infomercial can be your express ticket to success. Sure, we've all laughed scornfully at these terrible late-night pseudo-adverts before, but the industry currently turns over $150 billion per year and has been known to make people fabulously wealthy overnight. Here are 10 of the best-selling infomercial products of all time.

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It's not nice to lie, but it's also not nice to get repeatedly called at dinner time by someone trying to flog you a mobile phone or pretending that you're a Telstra customer when you're not. If the Do Not Call list isn't quite cutting it for you, giving a false name is one way of potentially scaring off telemarketers -- or at least making them easier to detect.

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You already know you've got more than a few options when it comes to halting junk mail and opting out of marketing databases, but there's nothing wrong with having another handy, multi-list tool available. New web site ProQuo provides one-click access to getting rid of coupon packets, removing yourself from marketing lists, joining the National Do Not Call Registry and even opting out of directory services like WhitePages.com and Switchboard. ProQuo is free, but a few of the blockers it compiles require mailing or even a small fee (thanks a lot, Direct Marketing Association).

ProQuo

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US-centric: Tired of all those unwanted catalogs jamming your mailbox? Try Catalog Choice, a free service that you can use to opt out of junk mail. Signup is free; once you've created a simple profile you can go in and find the company that's sending you stuff you don't want and request to be taken off the list (this can take up to ten weeks, so be patient). Worth a try for anyone who's looking to wean off the junk mail.

Catalog Choice

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Sick of answering those telemarketing calls that always seem to arrive just as you're expecting something more important? Want a little less mail to sort through? The World Privacy Forum web site has a helpful roundup of the best ways to opt out of marketing materials online and off, stop data brokers from snooping through your life and avoid being pinned down by browser cookies. A few of these tips have been covered before on this site, but there are a few unique tips, and the page makes for a good all-in-one bookmark for protecting your data and cleaning out the marketing clutter.

AU - The Australian Do Not Call register can be found here.

World Privacy Forum: Top Ten Opt Outs