I’ve never admitted this to anyone before:
I don’t always change the radio station right away when a Nickelback song comes on.
See? That first line wasn’t hyperbole. How embarrassing.
Here’s about how far I’ll let “How You Remind Me” play before finding something else to listen to:
“Never made it as a wise man
I couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing
Tired of living like a blind man
I’m sick of sight without a sense of feeling …”
(And if you also couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing, make sure to check out Sonia Simone’s classic post about developing effective, non-sleazy selling skills.)
Nickelback is a famously hated rock band
Personally, I don’t get the big hate-fuss. When I don’t like something, I just ignore it.
Nonetheless, if Nickelback is the butt of a joke during a conversation, you’ll find me laughing and making facial expressions of disapproval about the music.
That’s the socially acceptable reaction.
So, when a radio station plays “How You Remind Me,” I’m always a little shocked, which prevents me from immediately turning it off.
Why is this song still in the DJ’s rotation? Don’t they know it’s Nickelback?
It’s just like weak email marketing … the public disapproves of it, but it persists.
After patting myself on the back for a moment about that comparison, I realized my logic wasn’t accurate.
Nickelback serves a purpose
People pay attention to Nickelback.
Let’s start with the lesser-known worldview (at least from my experience).
They are, indeed, a popular band that has fans.
- Nickelback has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since they formed in Alberta, Canada in 1995.
- They’ve played to more than eight million fee-paying ticket holders on their international tours.
- Their breakthrough song in 2001, “How You Remind Me,” was the best-selling rock song of the decade in the U.S.
Then, of course, the widely known worldview among anyone who prides themselves on liking good music is … Nickelback is pathetic.
A plethora of references in pop culture make fun of the band.
For example, the mattress company Purple uses this copy in an ad for their mattress protector:
“Other protectors turn your bed crinkly or stiff. And they make your mattress noisy, hot, and uncomfortable … like a Nickelback concert …”
Another form of Nickelback-hate happened in 2011, when the band was announced as the halftime show for the Detroit Lions’s Thanksgiving Day game.
In light of that event, and since art often inspires other art, musician Scott Bradlee arranged and recorded a Motown cover of “How You Remind Me.”
That track became part of Bradlee’s album A Motown Tribute to Nickelback, which helped his project Postmodern Jukebox gain popularity in 2012.
The Postmodern Jukebox YouTube channel now has more than four-million subscribers — and more than a billion views. Yes, the B-word.
In 2016, Adweek featured Bradlee as one of “20 Content Creators Who Are Setting the Bar for Creativity.”
Weak email marketing does not
No one pays attention to weak email marketing.
It doesn’t have any fans and it’s not influential.
It doesn’t help a marketer reach her goals. It makes recipients cranky. It’s both ineffective and a burden.
Strong email marketing is enjoyable for both the content creator and the recipient
The relevant, timely content is just as enjoyable for the creator to craft as it is for the recipient to read.
Are we having fun yet?