Arielle Hurst

Over the last seven years my passion for media has fueled my journey from journalism into the tech world. Thanks to a variety of small team settings, I've had a direct hand in creating websites, videos, podcasts, graphics and more. When I'm not working, I'm usually rummaging through the racks at a thrift shop or reading articles about the future of retail.

Work Experience

  • Pure Chat

    Marketing Lead|Oct, 2014Current

    Finding the most effective growth levers at a startup is tough! That's why I had the opportunity to experiment with so many different marketing strategies and tactics. In more than two years at Pure Chat I:

    • Increased our Domain Authority 18 points with a small business-oriented content marketing strategy.
    • Implemented our first email marketing campaigns to engage and upsell leads from scratch.
    • Coordinated conference sponsorships and a week's worth of out-of-state launch events in San Francisco to drive brand awareness.
    • Devised co-marketing partnerships with complimentary brands.
    • Drove thousands of conversions with paid digital media campaigns on Google AdWords.
    • Increased our paid account conversion rate from 1.7% to 4.5%.
  • Axosoft

    Marketing Coordinator|Jul, 2013Oct, 2014

    Here I had the first opportunity to dip my toes in the marketing world and get hands-on experience in a small team setting. In six months I was promoted to team lead and had the opportunity to:

    • Constantly optimize and update our website with new pages and compelling messaging.
    • Create a content marketing strategy that included an educational website, videos, infographics and articles.
    • Devise and implement email marketing and retention campaigns.
    • Craft eye-catching messages to connect with our target audience through print and online ads.
    • Organize every aspect of our participation in five industry conferences.
  • SheKnows

    Business Developement & Promotions Coordinator|Aug, 2011Dec, 2012

    After starting as an intern I was hired to assist with high-profile marketing campaigns that leveraged celebrity talent like Nigel Barker and premium video content in the form of web shows; and sponsored contests. I also:

    • Brainstormed for social media and brand marketing campaigns.
    • Contacted PR representatives to set up promotional partnerships.
    • Acted as a customer service representative for contest winners.
    • Assisted on multi-day video shoots.
    • Created new relationships with 25 additional contest partners.


  • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Cum Laude - Journalism and Mass Communication, Business Focus|Aug, 2009May, 2013


  • Modern Retail

    Creator|May, 2016Current

    I love reading blogs and articles about the retail industry, but unfortunately the type of articles I find most interesting were difficult to consume without a central news destination. That's why I created Modern Retail as an aggregator of all the most interesting fashion and retail news that revolves around new technology, brand strategy and industry trends.

  • The Small Biz Chat Podcast

    Creator/Host|Apr, 2015Dec, 2015

    I created the Small Biz Chat Podcast for small business owners who want to continually improve their businesses. Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs but don't have time to keep up with the latest sales and marketing tactics even though lead generation is their #1 priority. That's why we've distilled the most actionable tips into this 25-minute podcast.


    Creator|Apr, 2014Oct, 2014

    To generate more leads for agile project management software Axosoft, I created a Scrum-centric website that housed a series of in-depth resources created from an influencer interviews, collaborations and repurposed content from a previous blog.

  • Seeing It Through

    Videographer|Oct, 2010

    Multimedia report on blind hikers trekking the Grand Canyon. Worked in a team of four reporters to produce a piece that incorporated print, photo and video based storytelling. Footage from the video we created was used during a Today Show segment where the hikers were interviewed on national television!


    • Content Marketing
    • Email Marketing
    • Google Analytics
    • Audio & Video Editing
    • Copywriting
    • Paid Digital Media (AdWords, Facebook)
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Premiere
    • Product Marketing
    • Podcasting
    • WordPress
    • HTML & CSS