Alicia Eler looks at how Pinterest is impacting purchases. This and more in today's Daily Wrap.
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Facebook drives traffic. Pinterest drives traffic. The big difference is that Pinterest is driving target-market traffic and impacting purchases. How is Pinterest perfecting what Facebook has been trying to do for some time? Alicia Eler says Facebook confuses the social graph with the interest graph. To learn more about how Pinterest is knocking it out of the park, read, What Pinterest is Doing That Facebook Isn't.
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