How do you make your new business succeed? What is the secret to a successful business?These are the oft-repeated questions that many would-be entrepreneurs and even those who are already into business have been asking.The answer is – marketing. Yes, marketing is the secret to building a startup business. It is the ingredient to make your business a success.Why marketing? Because the market is the heart of any business. Without a market, there is no business. After all, you can have the best product or service in the world, but if no one hears about it, it is not going to matter and you won’t produce even just a single sale.So, how do you market your business, a product or service? Consider these five (5) basic ingredients.1. Develop a brand. A brand is a business’s identity. It establishes a name, credibility, image and reputation that sets your business apart from your competitors. For example, you buy something in a supermarket and you will see that people are willing to pay more for branded products.The first step in developing a brand for your business is to know who you are. What image do you want to convey to your target customers? Are you an upscale grocer or a class C restaurant?2. Design a logo. One way to brand your business is to have a logo. When you design a logo, remember this: it must be simple and can be easily distinguishable from the logo of other firms, especially your competitors. To use a classic example, look at the logo of General Motors or even that of McDonalds. If you see the two letters GM what comes to mind is that of General Motors. In the same manner that people who see two golden arches assume that a McDonalds restaurant is there.3. Choose A Product Or Service. What product or service are you going to sell to your target market, to your customers? The products and services that you offer must answer their needs, wants, and preferences. Otherwise, you can’t generate any sale and in turn, profit.4. Know Your Market. That is the reason why it is important to know your market. Who are your customers and where are they located” What are their needs and wants? Without knowing your market, your business will simply wither and eventually die. A good entrepreneur must not go into business without knowing what and who his markets are.5. Identify Your Competitors. When you are building a new business, a key to survival is knowing your competition. Your competitors are those who offer the same or similar products and services that you are providing. What are your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses? You should know their marketing strategies, advertising and promotion tactics.You must also know what your competitors are doing in the market, how long they have been in business, what worked for them when they were starting out, and who are their customers.ConclusionOrganizing a business is easy. What is hard, as well as challenging, is to make your new business survive, grow and become profitable. But knowing how to market your business, product or service, is the secret to building your startup business. It is also the secret to your business success.