Strategic Media, Content & Platforms

Data-Informed Communications Strategy+Messaging+Content


News Cycle+Issues Management


Executive Communications


An affirmative message and data-validated rationale…

An articulate, credible value proposition…

Aggressive, persistent, real time news management;

And compelling, newsworthy content with a proficiently executed communications strategy to achieve business, legislative, regulatory and political objectives…

This doesn’t “just happen.”


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While countless Washington, D.C. firms simply vanish with the passing of each Administration and election cycle, boutique consultancy sm/c/p and its principal, Gordon Hensley, enjoy over a decade of success, recognition and growth as a premium B2B and primary public affairs services vendor.

Working collaboratively with national and state government relations, media, polling and research firms on various facets of major public affairs projects, sm/c/p helps create, execute and manage effective, data-informed advocacy campaigns for federal, state, corporate and campaign entities.


Expertise and Specialized Practice Areas:

Message Strategy and Execution

Message Strategy and Execution
As lead vendor or working on larger teams, sm/c/p is highly skilled at developing, executing and managing effective research-based advocacy messaging. More

Framing and Re-framing Narratives

Framing and Re-framing Narratives
The frame by which a public policy battle is waged makes the difference between success and failure. More

Speechwriting and Testimony

Speechwriting and Testimony
Gordon Hensley collaborates on a wide variety of speechwriting, congressional testimony and other major writing projects for CEO’s, Governors, U.S. Senators, GOP presidential candidates, former Cabinet officials and others.

Superior Digital Content

Superior Digital Content
Meeting the insatiable demand for sophisticated, cogent, policy-oriented digital content for business, politics and advocacy purposes is one of today’s biggest challenges. More

Research/Data Packaging and Rollout

Research/Data Packaging and Rollout
Funding third party data and research projects – and employing the correct traditional and digital marketing platforms — are among organizations’ best tools for making news and earning the attention of lawmakers, regulators and key influencers. More

Vendor Management

Vendor Management
Senior government affairs and communications executives – already busy managing their organizations’ own internal functions — are often overwhelmed by too many external vendors seeking time and answers simply not available at a moment’s notice. More

Seasoned, Actionable Senior Counsel

Seasoned, Actionable Senior Counsel
Seasoned, actionable counsel combined with quickly producing key content for external and internal audiences during times of crisis — as well as opportunity — is worth its weight in gold. More

Aggressive News Management

Aggressive News Management
Successfully managing the news and information flow of a high profile, high stakes federal or state public affairs effort requires vigilance, fresh content at the ready, continuous engagement and a nimble, aggressive messaging strategy that strikes the right balance between staying on offense and appropriately addressing falsehoods and distortions.

Communications / Messaging Audits

Communications/Messaging Audits
Why do most advocacy efforts and communications and messaging techniques prove ineffective, fall short and fail? More

Deliverables, Deliverables, Deliverables

Deliverables, Deliverables, Deliverables
Conference calls and meetings are one thing, but actually generating a continuous stream of high quality content into the communications and news mix is quite another. More

Gordon Hensley Recognized For Broad Range of Expertise, Experience

From developing longer form international business-related marketing content for the City of New York…

To collaborating on presidential campaign announcement speeches, policy roll-out speeches (1) (2), policy proposals (1) (2), op-eds, congressional testimony, and other key CEO/executive communications products…

To serving as primary content creator and industry study collaborator

To managing TV spot production and national/state polling projects

“Gordon Hensley is a superior communicator and message strategist with a uniquely broad range of front line experience. He quickly figures out how to go on the offensive, and engage opponents with data, facts and an unusually aggressive news management approach…”

“Hensley’s well-traveled career as a national campaign operative has helped him understand how to navigate unique state media and political cultures. This sets him apart in a big way from the typically insular DC ‘strategists’  who’ve never set foot off K Street, Capitol Hill or the campaign committees…”

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“I’ve worked with Gordon for over a decade at the state and federal levels, and can say unequivocally he is the best press strategist and writer I have worked with. His attention to policy detail and ability to manage other research, polling and media vendors adds significantly to his overall value.”

Alan Rosenbloom Pres/CEO Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition; Fmr President Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care and Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) January 18, 2016

Insights and Observations

Ralph Northam beat Ed Gillespie. And that’s all that really matters as a tumultuous 2017 comes to a close. Prevailing in a brutal nationally-watched statewide — where “survivor” is a more apt characterization than “winner” — is a... read more
  Putting aside the policy and economic implications of the GOP tax plans — now heading for Conference — the political ramifications are clear: the GOP approach in its totality targets largely Democratic constituencies.... read more
(Originally published by Gotham Ghostwriters, 10/18/2017) A talented younger friend attempting to make a transition from campaign communications consultant to building a full-time business as an executive communications consultant called the other day seeking... read more
While much of the conversation and news coverage over the past several months has been usurped by health reform and the daily drama within the Trump White House, the clear escalation of the Beltway... read more
Axios published an excellent article this morning noting that smaller, Washington-based public affairs firms are going after business typically won by large agencies. “They lure clients with political expertise capable of handling crisis communications,... read more


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