It's hard, maybe impossible to fuck up a marinade. Unless you're Brad Pitt in Fight Club and piss in it.
Just remember the mnemonic. Sweet, heat, acid and oil. 'SHAO'.
But perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that meat must be macerated. Beef doesn't accept marinade unless you make it make it and there are three ways to do so. Salt rub or brine solution are the first two ways.
The third is using a natural enzyme and to the best of my knowledge there are only two: papain from the papaya fruit and bromelain from pineapple. Macerating meat is essential to the marinating process or else whatever you're marinating it in will go down a 1/16th of an inch or less.
I studied biology in college and they had a mnemonic for the order of taxonomy. Mine was Kinky Positions Can Only Facilitate Gungus Schmuck. Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species.
Shag Happy Ass Often. Sweet Heat Acid and Oil and you'll make the perfect marinade everytime.