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  • How Digital Display Can Become Your #1 Marketing Tactic
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  • What Brand Marketers Need To Know About Facebook Graph Search
    Last week Facebook announced a new beta product called "Graph Search," which CEO Mark Zuckerberg positioned as a "pillar" alongside Timeline and News Feed. This was a carefully orchestrated announcement with lots of hype and subsequent punditry. While the announcement focused primarily on features for users, one unanswered question is: What does Facebook Graph Search mean for consumer brand marketers, whom Facebook is working hard to court?
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